Dr Moses Amagnya

Lecturer

School of Justice, Security and Sustain

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

I hold a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Law and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. I was awarded a doctoral scholarship by Grifith University and a Cambridge-Commonwealth Share scholarship for my mater’s study. I have successful publications on policing, corruption, education and accountability in high impact journals.

Before joining Staffordshire University, I have worked in other institutions including Griffith University, Open University Australia, University of New England, Emmanuel College at University of Queensland, Multi Credit Savings and Loans in Ghana, and Ghana National Academy. I was a Sessional Academic at Griffith University, Open University Australia and the University of New England between 2016 and 2020, a personal tutor at Emmanuel College located at the University of Queensland, a banker at Multi Credit Savings and Loans in Ghana between 2007 and 2016, and a senior high school teacher at Ghana National Academy between 2002 and 2007.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member, Griffith Criminology Institute
  • Fellow, Africa Institute of Crime, Policy and Governance Research
  • Member of Keele Policing Academic Collaboration

Academic qualifications

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

Expertise

  • Corruption and Accountability in societies
  • 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

Publications

Journal Publications

M.A.Amagnya, A qualitative study of police prosecutions in Ghana: roles and challenges of police prosecutors’ Police Practice and Research, forthcoming

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Unintended consequences of well-meaning measures to curb corruption in Ghana: Regulating judicial conduct’, Crime, Law and Social Change, forthcoming

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Factors affecting education in the Builsa District of Northern Ghana’, Africa Education Review, Vol. 17(2), pp. 104–121, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1080/18146627.2018.1530571

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

Book Chapters

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Patterns and prevalence of corruption in Ghana’s criminal justice system’ in O.M.Akinlabi (Ed) ‘Policing, security and the rule of law in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Routledge, forthcoming

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Challenges of police prosecutions in the global south: perspectives of police prosecutors in Ghana’ in D.M.Watson, S.Amin, W.C.Wallace, O.M.Akinlabi and J.C.Ruiz-Vasquez, ‘Policing the global south: context specific perspectives on the security-crime-justice nexus’, Routledge, forthcoming

Conference Presentations

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Causes of criminal justice corruption in Ghana: An exploration of multiple stakeholders’ perspectives’, Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, Marriot Marquis, San Francisco, USA, November 13 – 16, 2019.

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Corruption in the criminal justice system of Ghana: Perspectives of criminal justice officials’, Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, December 4-7, 2018, http://anzsocconference.com.au/2065

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Criminal prosecution in Ghana's justice system: The role of police prosecutors’, Paper presented at the Criminological and Victimilogical Society of Southern Africa Biennial Conference, Indaba Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 2-4, 2017

Other Presentations

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Corruption in a criminal justice system of a developing democracy: perspectives of Ghanaian criminal justice officials’, 2018 Griffith University Three Minutes Thesis Competition Finals, September 13, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk6WnV_2CeM

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Corruption in a criminal justice system of a developing democracy: perspectives of Ghanaian criminal justice officials’, 2018 Griffith University Three Minutes Thesis Competition Heat (Arts Education and Law Group), July 31, 2018. https://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-institute/research-degrees/phd-feature-moses-amagnya

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Understanding police prosecutions in Ghana: perspectives of police prosecutors’, Paper presented at the Institute of Criminology Cross-Cultural Workshop on Crime and Violence, University of Cambridge, June 15, 2020.

Theses

M.A.Amagnya, Understanding criminal justice corruption in Ghana: voices from within. Dissertation (PhD), Griffith University, Australia, March 2020

M.A.Amagnya, An assessment of the criminal justice system of Ghana: Perspectives of police prosecutors. Dissertation (MPhil), University of Cambridge, UK, June 2011

M.A.Amagnya, ‘Factors affecting education in the Builsa District of the Upper East Region: A case study of Chuchuliga’, Dissertation (BA), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, May 2005

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