Dr Ioannis Papadopoulos

School of Health & Society

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Contact Details

School of Health & Society, Directorate of Social Sciences,
Room L510 Allerton Building, Frederick Road Campus,
University of Salford, Manchester M5 4WT

Current positions

Lecturer in Criminology


Dr Ioannis Papadopoulos completed his undergraduate studies in Law at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and moved to Maastricht University, the Netherlands where he completed an LL.M. in Forensics, Criminology and Law. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth, UK.

For over a decade he has been practicing law and collaborating extensively with international and Greek humanitarian organizations, providing legal aid and counselling on asylum procedures to vulnerable migrant populations. He has participated in a plethora of international academic conferences; chaired panels; presented research papers; delivered lectures in law and criminology to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as training sessions to practitioners in the humanitarian sector and published his work in the area of criminology and children’s rights in the migration context. He also acts as external reviewer for international peer reviewed journals focusing in the field of migration and refugee studies.

He is co-chair of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Working Group on ‘Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies (WG-QRME)'; member of the editorial board for 'The Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology’; member of the ‘Border Criminologies’, University of Oxford, UK, list of affiliated researchers and member of the ‘Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory’, Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands.

Currently he is Lecturer in Criminology at University of Salford, Manchester, UK. His research focuses on immigration detention; the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; crimmigration and qualitative methods of analysis. He is particularly interested in criminology and international human rights law with special emphasis placed on children’s rights in the migration setting and detention processes in specific.

Areas of Research

Immigration Detention, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Crimmigration, Qualitative Methods of Analysis


Module leader:
1. Understanding Criminology
2. Becoming a Social Scientist
3. Contemporary Challenges in Crime and Society
4. Migration and Socio-Legal Dynamics

Also, delivering lectures and seminars for:
1. Crime, Conflict and Society
2. Theoretical Criminology
3. Criminal Justice and Human Rights
4. Prisons and Punishment
5. Violence in Society
6. Critical Victimology

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    2023 - 2024
  • Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

    2016 - 2021
  • Forensics, Criminology and Law (LL.M.)

    2012 - 2013
  • Bachelor in Laws (LL.B.)

    2003 - 2008