Dr Justice Tankebe

Director, Mphil Programmes in Criminology and Criminology Research

Dr. Justice Tankebe is a University Lecturer in Criminology, and the Director of the Institute of Criminology’s MPhil Programme. Justice attended Agogo State Secondary School (now Agogo State College) in Agogo Asante Akim, Ghana. He holds a B. A. in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon, where he also worked as a teaching assistant after his studies. He joined St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, in 2004 to study for MPhil in Criminological Research and Ph.D. in Criminology. Between 2008 and 2011, Justice held postdoctoral research fellowships from the ESRC, the British Academy, and Fitzwilliam College. Prior to his current appointment, he was a teaching associate on the Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge.

Justice’s interests within criminology include comparative criminology, theoretical criminology, sociology of law, police practices, legitimacy and legitimation, organisational justice, crime control and non-state actors, democracy and disorder in Ghana, and corruption. His current research projects include sentencing decision-making in Ghana, the death penalty in Africa, and a longitudinal study of power-holder legitimacy.
Students interested in doctoral studies in any of these areas of interest should contact Justice with a synopsis of their research proposal. He is also happy to discuss ideas with prospective students.