University of Hull Margarita Zernova

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University of Hull Margarita Zernova

University of Hull Margarita Zernova

Dr. Margarita Zernova

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LLB (University of Hull), PhD (University of Hull)


Research Interests

My doctoral research involved examining aspirations of restorative justice proponents and experiences of participants in family group conferences. My subsequent study explored public experiences of policing in post-Soviet Russia, perceptions of the police by contemporary Russian citizens and social implications of those perceptions. My current research investigates issues related to illegal immigration in Spain.

Selected Publications

  • (2013) ‘Russian Police and Transition to Democracy: Lessons from One Empirical Study’.  The Internet Journal of Criminology.
  • (2012) ‘Coping with the Failure of the Police in Post-Soviet Russia: Findings from One Empirical Study’. Police Practice and Research, Vol 13, Issue 6, pp 474-486.
  • (2012) ‘The Public Image of Contemporary Russian Police: Impact of Personal Experiences of Policing, Wider Social Implications and the Potential for Change’. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp 216-230.
  • (2009) ‘Integrating the Restorative and Rehabilitative Models: Lessons from One Family Group Conferencing Project’. Contemporary Justice Review, Vol. 12(1), pp. 59-75.
  • (2007) Restorative Justice: Ideals and Realities. Ashgate.
  • (2007) ‘Aspirations of Restorative Justice Proponents and Experiences of Participants in Family Group Conferences’, British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 47, No 3, pp.491-509.
  • (2007) (with M. Wright) ‘Alternative Visions of Restorative Justice’, in Johnstone, G. and Van Ness, D. Handbook of Restorative Justice. Willan Publishing. pp. 91-108.
  • (2006) ‘Working under the Aegis of the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Restorative Justice Practice’, British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 4, No 3, pp 67-79.


The main modules I teach to undergraduate students are Introduction to Criminal Justice Ethics and Peacemaking Criminology. I co-ordinate the free elective Understanding Crime and Punishment, as well as contributing to teaching on several other criminology modules on the Hull and Hong Kong campuses. I also teach on MA in Restorative Justice (on-line).


I am the Programme Director for BA Criminology and BA Criminology with Psychology at the Centre for International Degree Programmes, HKU SPACE, Hong Kong.

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Lecturer in Criminology

School of Social Sciences
Room 230, Wilberforce Building
University of Hull
Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX

Phone: +44 (0) 1482 465773