Sunita Toor

Professor Sunita Toor BA (Hons), MA, PGCert HE, PhD

Head of Human Rights and Social Justice


I have undertaken various roles at Sheffield Hallam University and grown a career with a breadth of experience in human rights and social justice, diversity and inclusion, international projects and programmes, donor funding, developing and sustaining partnerships and stakeholder relationships, strategy and implementation, and leadership.

I am passionate about protecting and championing human rights through fusing practice, cutting edge research and academic rigour to deliver international projects that transform lives.

I am accountable for formulating and driving forward world-class work in human rights and social justice.

Key Successes include:

• Justice For Her: Project to combat gender-based violence in India

• Secure funding from a range of funding streams

• Effectively manage strategic and operational change

• Cultivate and sustain diverse and bilateral key relationships

• Create and lead innovative programmes

• Lead, mentor and develop team

• Sponsor and mentor the next generation of human rights practitioners and scholars

  • Share blueprints to promote world-class best practice

  • Secure funding from global network of donors and contributors


I've worked at Sheffield Hallam University since March 2006 a Senior Lecturer in Criminology.

Prior to me joining the Criminology Subject Group, I worked as a Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University and a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

My teaching includes: race, ethnicity, culture and crime; gender and crime/criminal justice; human rights of women and children, criminological theories; international crime and justice; comparative criminologies and criminal justice; philosophies of research and the use of qualitative methods in criminological research.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Journal articles

Toor, S. (2009). British Asian Girls, Crime and Youth Justice. Youth Justice, 9 (3), 239-253.

Book chapters

Toor, S. (2019). Indira Gandhi. In Bernat, F., & Frailing, K. (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Wiley

Toor, S. (2013). New ‘racisms’ and prejudices? The criminalisation of ‘Asian’. In Cowburn, M., Duggan, M., Robinson, A., & Senior, P. (Eds.) Values in criminology and community justice. Policy Press


Toor, S. (2022). Open Prison Concept: Creating the first open prison in Bahrain. Report to British Embassy Bahrain.

Toor, S. (2021). Training Needs Analysis: Development of Ministry of Interior Alternative Sentencing Implementation Department Academic Training Programme. Report to British Embassy Bahrain.

Toor, S. (2021). Crimes Against Women in Madhya Pradesh: A Strategy for Change.Report to Madhya Pradesh Police.

Toor, S. (2020). The Role of Women Police Officers in Combatting Gender-Based Violence in India.Report to Madhya Pradesh Police.

Toor, S. (2020). The Sisterhood Project: Women Police Officers in India.Report to Madhya Pradesh Police.

Toor, S. (2019). Training the Trainers Action Plan: Improving Access to Justice For Female Victims of Violence in India.Report to British High Commission India.

Toor, S. (2018). Improving Access to Justice for Female Victims of Violence in India.Report to the British High Commission India.

Toor, S. (2017). Next Generation Leaders Combatting Gender-Based Violence in India: Study Visit EvaluationReport to the British High Commission India.

Toor, S. (2016). Needs Analysis: Justice Sector Responses to Violence Against Women in India.Report to the British High Commission India.

Internet Publications

Toor, S. (2020). Digital activism: empowering women, creating change and demanding human rights.

Toor, S. (2019). India: how #MeToo is battling gender-based violence.

Toor, S. (2018). How to stop violence against women in India — it starts with training police officers.

Other activities

I have worked on a range of human rights and social justice projects in India, Bahrain, America, Turks and Caicos Islands as well as organise global events.

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