Dr Jaya Ghosh

Lecturer in Criminology

Jaya Ghosh

Since 1999, I have been working with children in conflict with law and children in need of care and protection especially street children in Bihar and Jharkhand, India. I have worked as the Member of Juvenile Justice Board, Patna and closely worked with the different stakeholders in the Juvenile Justice System.

I started working as a lecturer in the University in 2015 and I teach units on Criminology. My research interests’ areas are Youth Justice, Children in Legal Conflict, Children's right to Participation and Research Methods.

I am currently involved in a project in partnership with Save the Children to train Child Protection Officers in India. This is an India -based pilot project of training District Child Protection Officers from Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal in core child protection skills and competency.


  • PhD Applied Social Science – Lancaster University
  • Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
  • MSc Criminology – University of Edinburgh
  • MA Sociology – Pondicherry University
  • BA (Hons) – Jawaharlal Nehru University

Teaching Role

  • Violence in Contemporary society
  • Investigating Social Life
  • Research Approaches
  • Independent Projects (Co-Coordinator)
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision

Research Interests

  • Youth Justice
  • Children in Legal Conflict
  • Children's right to Participation
  • Child Trafficking
  • Research Methods

Recent Research Projects

The University of Bedfordshire in partnership with Save the Children to train Child Protection Officers in India(2016, ongoing)

Recent Conference Papers

  • ‘The experiences and Perspectives of children in conflict with the law in India’ in the Annual Conference of British Society of Criminology, at Liverpool University in July 2014.
  • The Judicial approach in the Non –Judicial Juvenile Justice System and children’s participation in the Juvenile Justice Board in India. ‘Reimagining Youth Justice’ Howard League of Penal Reform in April 2014
  • ‘Multi-agency work and the best interest of the child: The role of key stakeholders in the juvenile justice system in India’ in conference ‘New horizons in safeguarding children’ organised by NSPCC in March 2012

Contact Details

Room C422
School of Applied Social Studies
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E: jaya.ghosh@beds.ac.uk
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