Abu Zaman, founder of RAFE, is a PhD student at Middlesex University who is researching Restorative Approaches in Further Education Colleges (England). Since January 2018 Abu has been teaching in the School of Law department at Middlesex University. He also has 7 years of experience as a Lecturer in Further Education Colleges where he taught on various courses ranging from Law to Business. As a Lecturer, he gained substantial experience in: teaching, assessing, and co-ordinating courses. Abu also trained new teachers who went on to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ practitioners in education by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). To possess an in-depth understanding of how Restorative Approaches are utilised in practice, Abu underwent training and obtained a qualification in ‘Level 5 Restorative Approaches – Theory and Practice’, which is accredited by the University of Greenwich. During this period, he was practising as a Restorative Justice facilitator in a Further Education College. Abu also holds an LLB in Law from Middlesex University, LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from Birkbeck University of London, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Greenwich. Abu can be followed on Twitter and LinkedIn, see details below.
Dr David Porteous, co-founder of RAFE and an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, began his academic career as a researcher with the Policy Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University in 1990. In 1996 he moved to the University of Luton (now Bedfordshire), initially as a researcher then as Lecturer in Criminology. He joined Middlesex University in 2003 and became a Principal Lecturer in 2008. His principal field of study has been youth crime and youth justice and has included studies of the relationship between school exclusion and youth offending, the victimisation of children and young people and the effectiveness of mentoring as a form of youth crime prevention. His PhD by Published Works, entitled 'Utopian Youth Justice' (awarded January 2014) synthesised his work in this area. Other recent research includes an evaluation of the placement of Polish police officers with the Metropolitan police and a qualitative study of lifelong cannabis users. David lectures in the areas of youth crime and youth justice, applied criminological theory and research, and global criminology. He is also the editor of 'Safer Communities', a journal of practice, opinion, policy and research.
Vincenzo Ruggiero is a Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University and a co-founder of RAFE. He is also the director of the Centre for Social and criminological Research at Middlesex University. He has conducted research on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the British Home Office, the European Commission and the United Nations. He has worked on: penal systems, organised and corporate crime, state crimes and the crimes of the powerful, sociological and urban issues, social movements and political violence and war. As part of the TAKEDOWN team, which is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission, he is working on the quantitative empirical research and responsible for scientific dissemination. He has published books, journal articles and presented papers in conferences extensively, to find out more on his publications click on 'Find OUT MORE' below. He was nominated as Distinguished International Academic by the American Society of Criminology (2000), he received the Premio Nazionale G. Arena for the book ‘Movements in the City’ (2002) and was nominated for the Hindelang Award by the American Society of Criminology for the book ‘Crime in Literature’ (2004). In 2016 he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Criminology (Division on Critical Criminology) for his contribution to critical though in criminolog
Dr David Porteous - Youth Crime, Youth Justice and Victimisation
Professor Vincenzo Ruggiero - Organised Crime and Project TAKEDOWN