Background and Expertise
Bina re-joined ICPR in October 2013 as a research assistant on a
project exploring the nature and diversity of organised crime
groups involved in fraud in the UK. She first joined ICPR in 2008,
having completed an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at
King's College London. Her MA dissertation looked at the lenient
policing of cannabis and the impact of discretionary practice on
young people. She has a BA in Sociology from Royal Holloway,
University of London.
During her time at ICPR, Bina worked on all stages of a study
funded by the Prison Reform Trust looking at the profile of
children in custody - 'Punishing Disadvantage'. Other projects
included a study exploring the impact and delivery of alcohol
treatment requirements, offender management in the Probation
Service and differential treatment in the youth justice system.
Bina completed her PhD in December 2014 in Sociology from
Lancaster University. Her research looked at legal and illegal drug
use, the use of digital technologies and policing in three dance
settings. Whilst at Lancaster University, Bina worked on a
cross-disciplinary EPSRC-funded project called 'You Design It',
which explored how social media tools, such as smart phones can be
used to engage different social groups in tackling anti-social
behaviour. She also assisted with conducting surveys in the
night-time economy for a project funded by Lancashire Drug and
Alcohol Team (LDAAT). In addition, Bina taught on the undergraduate
Criminology module, 'Drugs, Crime and Society'.
Her research interests include: changing drug use patterns and
markets, drug policy, organised crime, young people and cultural
Bina is currently teaching on the Drugs, Crime and Criminal
Justice module on the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice module
at Birkbeck, University of London.