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Dr Nikki D'Souza

Assistant Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Nikki D’Souza is a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Organisation and Practice within the LHRM Department, teaching on the PCDA and DHEP programmes (qualifying routes to become a police officer) and the BSc in Professional Policing.  Nikki started her professional career as a probation service officer for Northumbria Probation before qualifying as a probation officer and joining Surrey Probation.  She transferred to Durham to undertake a community-based role as a probation officer and wrote the unique Citizenship Programme which continues to be used today by services.  As a middle manager, she managed the Forensic Psychology Unit from its inception, the Accredited Programmes Team also from its initial development phase and the Unpaid Work Team where she was instrumental in transforming community work as a skill building and employability tool for offenders. 

She joined Durham Constabulary in 2009 and has enjoyed a diverse range of roles.  During her time with the police, Nikki worked as intelligence analyst and a youth justice manager (overseeing the work of the police officers and police staff) and in police custody management.   She led the introduction of the Victims Code within the force, developing pioneering ways of implementation which received national attention. Nikki was the programme manager for the Local Criminal Justice Board where she brought together criminal justice partners from across the North East, planning and coordinating a number of cutting-edge multi-agency criminal justice programmes.  Work was nationally recognised and attained a ‘gold star’ status for innovation.  She was also the Chief Constable’s Staff Officer for the Troubled Families portfolio and represented Durham Police at the Early Intervention Foundation programme to develop best practice.

Having completed her PhD (which explored the feasibility of using restorative justice in the context of serious and organised crime) at the University of Sheffield she decided to have a career change and join the Sociology Department at Durham University to teach Criminology before joining Northumbria in September 2021.

Nikki D'Souza

Research interests include restorative justice, restorative just cultures, policing, serious and organised crime, honour-based abuse, victimology, probation practices, inequalities and disproportionality (including decolonisation).

With a passion for innovation and continuous development, Nikki brings a wealth of experience and partnering relationships with criminal justice specialists and experts to her research.  She co-founded the North East Policing Research Network in 2022, consisting of the five local universities and their corresponding police forces and Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners to pursue an evidence-based policing research agenda on a co-production basis.  Nikki enjoys bringing her vast criminal justice experience to teaching.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The exclusion of serious and organised offenders and their victims from the offer of restorative justice: Should this be so and what happens when the offer is put on the table?, D'Souza, N., Shapland, J. 1 Feb 2023, In: Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • An area of untapped potential? The use of restorative justice in the fight against serious and organized crime: A perception study, D'Souza, N., L’Hoiry, X. 1 Apr 2021, In: Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Philosophy PhD June 10 2020
  • Criminology MSt
  • Social Work MSc
  • Combined/General Arts BA (Hons)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA


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