Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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  • Room: Liberty Building, Room 2.01
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    Monday 2-3pm and Thursday 12-1pm (during term time).
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Dr Anna Barker

Lecturer in Criminal Justice

I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice in 2016, having previously been a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bradford.

I am a graduate of the University of Leeds (MA Criminological Research, 2007 and PhD, 2012) and the University of Brighton (BA Social Science, 2005).

I have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Malaga.

Research Interests

Three inter-connecting themes shape and unite my research interests and projects. These are:

  • The governance, regulation and policing of public spaces in the city
  • Urban (in)security and fear of crime
  • Social justice and diversity

At present I am leading a major research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supported by Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside Department, on people’s experiences and expectations of urban public parks across time.

The Leeds Parks Project is a two-year multi-disciplinary Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project: ‘The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing’ (Grant No: AH/N001788/1, November 2015-2017). It explores expectations about the social role of urban public parks in the past, the present and the future, and examines how these relate to people’s everyday experiences of the park and its regulation. This is a collaborative research project with David Churchill and Adam Crawford. Nathan Booth is employed on the project as a post-doctoral research officer. 

I am also engaged in research exploring the management of trans persons in the criminal justice system. This is a collaborative project with colleagues at the University of Bradford. 


I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Policing, Criminal Justice Processes, Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches.

PhD Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students in a range of areas that relate to my research interests.

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • Barker A, ‘Mediated Conviviality and the Urban Social Order: Reframing the Regulation of Public Space’, British Journal of Criminology, 0007-0955 (2016)
    DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azw029, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/104295/

  • Barker A, ‘Communicating security? Policing urban spaces and control signals’, Urban Studies, 51.14 (2013)

  • Barker A, Crawford TAM, ‘Peur Du Crime et Insécurité: Quelques réflexions sur les tendances de la recherche anglo-américaine’, Déviance et Société, 35.1 (2011), 59-91
    DOI: 10.3917/ds.351.0059


  • Barker A, ‘Information as a Form of Democratic Participation in Policing: Some Critical Reflections on the Role and Use of Online Crime Maps in the United Kingdom’, in Comparing the Democratic Governance of Police Intelligence: New Models of Participation and Expertise in the United States and Europe, ed. by Delpeuch T and Ross J (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, 2016), 86-115
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/104292/

  • Barker A, Crawford A, ‘Policing urban insecurities through visible patrols: Managing public expectations in times of fiscal restraint’, in Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a Twenty-First Century World ([n.pub.], 2013), 11-28
    DOI: 10.4324/9780203107362, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76500/


  • Barker A, crawford TAM, Fear of Crime and Insecurity in Europe, ([n.pub.], 2010)

  • Barker A, Sirriyeh A, Manning N, The Great Meeting Place: A Study of Bradford's City Park, (Bradford: University of Bradford, [n.d.])

Internet publications

  • Barker A, The Great Meeting Place: Bradford's City Park and Inclusive Urban Space, ([n.pub.], 2014)

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