Kritika Jerath

Ph.D Student

Ph.D. Topic

Kritika's Ph.D. research focuses on the use of force by police officers in England & Wales. In particular, she is attempting to analyze various individual, environmental and situational mechanisms involved in police-citizen altercations. Her aim is to understand and explain underlying causes of violence by studying police decision making processes in various contexts. Specifically, Kritika will explore police officer experiences and attitudes in relation to use of force and employ the Situational Action Theory as a theoretical framework for her findings.


2012- Present: PhD Candidate in Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK
Supervisor: Professor Per-Olof Wikström

2010 – 2011: MPhil in Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK
Thesis: A torturer's world: applying the Situational Action Theory to the Abu Ghraib atrocities Supervisor: Dr. Michael Rice

2007 - 2010 BA in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Concentration in Law (Distinction), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Field Placement: Engel & Associates - Criminal Defense Firm


  • 2012 - 2015 - Wakefield Scholarship (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge)
  • 2011 - Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship (University of Cambridge)
  • 2010 - A. Davidson Dunton Award (Carleton University)
  • 2010 - J. Lorne Gray Scholarship (Carleton University)
  • 2009 - Celia Ruygrok Memorial Scholarship (Carleton University)
  • 2008 - Don Andrews Award (Dept of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Carleton University)
  • 2007 - Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship (Carleton University)

Research Interests

  • Power, Organisations and Violence
  • State Crime & Policing
  • Situational Crime prevention
  • Criminological Theory
  • Social Psychology