Dr Moses Amagnya


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I am a Lecturer and interdisciplinary and comparative researcher, with background in Criminology, Sociology, Law and Banking. I have a strong background in understanding human behaviour, and has been particularly interested in exploring issues of corruption, social norms, perceptions of justice and fairness, and feelings of trust in criminal justice systems and how that influence people’s attitudes and behaviour towards the law and justice systems.

I hold a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, a PgCert in Higher and Professional Education from Staffordshire University, and a BA in Law and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Moses was awarded scholarship by Griffith University and a Cambridge-Commonwealth Share scholarship for his doctoral and mater studies respectively. I have successful publications on policing, corruption, education, and accountability in high impact journals and edited books.

Before joining Staffordshire University, Moses was a lecturer in institutions such as Griffith University, Open University Australia, University of New England, Emmanuel College at University of Queensland, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He also worked as a banker at Multi Credit Savings and Loans in Ghana, and a high school teacher at Ghana National Academy and Chuchuliga Junior High School in Ghana. I was a sessional lecturer at Griffith University, Open University Australia and the University of New England between 2016 and 2020, a personal tutor at Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland, and an assistant lecturer at KNUST.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member, British Society of Criminology
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow, Africa Institute of Crime, Policy and Governance Research
  • Member, Keele Policing Academic Collaboration

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • PgCert in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University
  • MPhil in Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) in Law and Sociology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)


  • Corruption and Accountability
  • Policing and Crime Prevention
  • Policing Minorities Groups
  • Policing and (In)security in post-conflict and colonial societies
  • Procedural Justice and Legitimacy
  • Trust and Confidence in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Religious and Ideological Extremism/Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Political Violence
  • Media representations of Crime and Criminal Justice

Research interests

  • Corruption and Accountability
  • Police Culture and Practice
  • Criminal Prosecutions led by Police Officers
  • Procedural Justice and Legitimacy of Criminal Justice Institutions
  • Disproportionality in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Terrorism and Counter-terrorism


  • 2022    £5,000 Policy Impact Research Grant, Staffordshire University
  • 2020     $5,383 Publication Assistance Scholarship, Griffith Graduate Research School 
  • 2019     $1,000 Conference Travel Grant, Griffith Criminology Institute
  • 2019/20    $11,663 Completion Assistance Scholarship, Griffith University Graduate Research School 
  • 2018    $2,500 Conference Travel Grant, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice - Griffith
  • 2017     $7,500 Grant for International Research, Fieldwork and Data Collection, Griffith University
  • 2016    $9,7195 Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2016 - 2019)
  • 2016    $10,7867 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2016 - 2019)
  • 2011    £500 Thesis Grant, Fitzwilliam College - University of Cambridge
  • 2011    £200 Thesis Grant, Institute of Criminology - University of Cambridge 
  • 2011    £300 Commonwealth Scholarship Trust Travel Grant, University of Cambridge
  • 2010/11    £35,000 (approximate) Commonwealth Scholarship, CCT, University of Cambridge

Postgraduate supervision

  • Undergraduate Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF)  Modules
  • Postgraduate Policing Modules 
  • Research Methods Modules


Journal Articles
Akuu, J. A., & Amagnya, M. A. (2023). Community-based management of acute malnutrition: Implementation quality, and staff and user satisfaction with services. Journal of Taibah University Medical Sciences, 18(5), 988-996. doi.org/10.1016/j.jtumed.2023.02.002

Amagnya, M. A. (2022). Police officers’ support for corruption: Examining the impact of police culture. Policing: An International Journal, 46(1), 84-99. doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-06-2022-0085

Amagnya, M. A. (2022). The unintended consequences of anti-corruption measures: Regulating judicial conduct in Ghana. Crime, Law and Social Change, 79, 153-174. doi.org/10.1007/s10611-022-10039-w

Amagnya, M. A. (2022). Due process in police-led prosecutions: Views of Ghanaian police prosecutors. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 24(4), 369-381. doi.org/10.1177/14613557221089562

Amagnya, M. A. (2019). Factors affecting education in the Builsa District of Northern Ghana. Africa Education Review, 17(2), 104-121. doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2018.1530571

Tankebe, J., Boakye, K. B., & Amagnya, M. A. (2019). Traffic violations and cooperative intentions among drivers: The role of corruption and fairness. Policing and Society, 30(9), 1081-1096. doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2019.1636795.

Book Chapters
Amagnya, M. A. (2023). ‘Challenges of police prosecutions in the Global South: Perspectives of police prosecutors in Ghana’ In Watson, D., Amin, S., Wallace, W. C., Akinlabi, O.M., & Ruiz-Vasquez, J. C. (Eds.) ‘Policing the Global South: Colonial legacies, pluralities, partnerships, and reform’. Abingdon: Routledge (pp. 194-210

Amagnya, M. A. (2023). ‘Patterns and prevalence of corruption in Ghana’s criminal justice system: Voices from within’ In Akinlabi, O.M. (Ed.) ‘Policing and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Abingdon: Routledge (pp. 9–30).

Amagnya, M. A. & Akinlabi O. M. (2023). ‘Can we truly find a solution to Ghana’s corruption problem? Assessing the fight against corruption and the effectiveness of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’ In Akinlabi, O.M. (Ed.) ‘Policing and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Abingdon: Routledge (pp. 70–88)

Mashumba, L., Amagnya, M. A., & Akinlabi, O. M. (2023). ‘“Very organised and hard for us to detect”: Challenges of policing male sex work in Botswana’ In Akinlabi, O.M. (Ed.) ‘Policing and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Abingdon: Routledge (pp. 91–109).

Academic Conferences and Workshops Presentations
Amagnya, M. A. (2023). Police officers’ support for corruption: An exploration of Ghanaian police officers’ views. Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Central Lancaster, Preston, June 28-29.

Amagnya, M. A. (2022). Unintended consequences of anti-corruption measures in Ghana: Regulating judicial conduct. Paper presented at the Centre for Crime, Justice and Security Launch, The Catalyst Building, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, April 6.

Amagnya, M. A. (2019). Causes of criminal justice corruption in Ghana: An exploration of multiple stakeholders’ perspectives. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), Marriot Marquis, San Francisco, USA, November 13 - 16.

Amagnya, M. A. (2018). Corruption in the criminal justice system of Ghana: Perspectives of criminal justice officials. Paper presented at the 31st Annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, December 4-7.

Amagnya, M. A. (2018). Corruption in a criminal justice system of a developing democracy: Perspectives of Ghanaian criminal justice officials. 2018 Griffith University Three Minutes Thesis Competition, July 31 and September 13.

Amagnya, M. A. (2017). Criminal prosecution in Ghana's justice system: The role of police prosecutors. Paper presented at the Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern African Conference.

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