Neema joined Loughborough from her previous Senior Lecturer role at Anglia Ruskin University in March 2022. Her PhD research, obtained from the University of Cambridge in 2015, examined the role of morality, empathy, shame, and guilt in violent crime decision-making. Neema leads The Compass Project, for which she has developed an innovative morality strengthening programme, piloted with adolescents in Cambridgeshire in Spring-Summer 2022.
- Member of British Society of Criminology
- Member of European Society of Criminology
- Member of Darwin College Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
- Peer reviews academic journals for Criminal Justice and Behavior, Victims and Offenders, Deviant Behavior, and The Journal of Interpersonal Violence
- Member of Youth Justice Board (YJB) Academic Liaison Network
Neema’s research expertise is in developmental psychology, including the causes and influencing factors behind a variety of behaviours. More specifically, she studies the development of moral rules and moral emotions, and how they might influence aggression or delinquency. Her PhD thesis, entitled 'The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making' explored the role of moral emotions in the decision to engage in acts of crime, using a combination of longitudinal quantitative data and qualitative in-depth interview data about persistent offenders’ real-life violent events.
Neema is the Lead Investigator for The Compass Project, for which she has developed an innovative morality strengthening programme, piloted with adolescents in Cambridgeshire in Spring-Summer 2022.
In the past, Neema managed the 8th fieldwork wave and research team for the longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+) at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge).
Modules that Neema contributes towards include:
- Becoming a Criminologist
- Global, Social, and Cultural Change
Neema is available to supervise PhDs relating to all forms of violence, young people and adolescent development, moral and emotional factors that influence crime decision-making, and other topics within psychological criminology.
Current doctoral students:
- Jo Durston, ‘Analysing image-based sexual abuse as a collective male behaviour’
Past (completed) doctoral students:
- Charlotte Herriott, ‘Is the jury out on sexual history? A mock juror study of sexual history evidence deliberations’
- Trivedi-Bateman, N. and Crook, E.L., 2021. The optimal application of empathy interventions to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime: a review of the literature. Psychology, Crime & Law, pp.1-24.
- Hirtenlehner, H., Trivedi-Bateman, N., Baier, D. and Strohmeier, D., 2021. Does empathy attenuate the criminogenic effect of low self-control in late life?. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, pp.1-21.
- Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2020. 'Why young people commit crime and how moral education could help – new research'. The Conversation.
- Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2019. The combined roles of moral emotion and moral rules in explaining acts of violence using a situational action theory perspective. Journal of interpersonal violence, p.0886260519852634.
- Trivedi-Bateman, N. 2015. The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making. PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.