Aims and Objectives of the Network

The Network has four key aims and objectives: information sharing, public policy engagement, collaboration in research and understanding hate.

1. Information sharing

Due to the fact that most researchers in the field of hate crime are spread across a wide array of universities, public bodies and non-for profit organisations – those who work in diverse disciplines as law, criminology, sociology, psychology and neuroscience – it is difficult for academics, public policy makers and members of the general public to keep up to date with the research that is being carried out globally. The Network will allow for the easy dissemination of research to members via its online library and through its links with internationals conferences, workshops and seminars.  Please join the Network today to receive emails with updates on recent publications, our regular blog and upcoming events.

2. Public policy engagement

The growing field of hate studies has produced an abundance of knowledge about the causes and consequences of hate and hate crime. However, much of the knowledge produced remains locked into pay-for-view academic journals which are viewed primarily by other academics.  A key aim of the Network is therefore to engage public policy makers in the study of hate by providing a one-stop-shop of information of research and theory as well as highlighting “current initiatives” being pursued across the globe. Engagement will additionally be pursued via key annual events including conferences, workshops and seminars with the intention of making the debate ‘viewable’.

3. Collaboration in research

The Network not only wishes to help disseminate the current body of research and knowledge about hate crime but has as its third key aim to develop collaborative research projects across the world. By bringing together top scholars and research bodies from different countries, the Network will facilitate high quality collaborative research on the causes, consequences and responses to hate crime.

4. Understanding Hate 

Finally, the Network seeks to contextualise the debate on hate in a number of ways. First, to understand that the field of hate studies is not limited to hate crimes; secondly, to understand the broader impact of hate crimes; thirdly, to understand the similarities and differences of hate crimes within the broader context of criminality; and finally, to seek some understanding of the international context of hate. 

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