Personal profile

Academic Biography

Dr Tarela Ike is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Policing at Teesside University, UK. She holds an LLB Hons in Law and an LLM in International Law and Criminal Justice. Tarela also obtained her PhD at the University of East London (UEL), UK.  Prior to joining Teesside, Tarela has worked as a lecturer at UEL. She is actively involved in teaching and research that informs policy.


Summary of Research Interests

 Tarela’s research interest revolves around the following themes:  

  • Policing
  • The drivers of radicalisation
  • Deradicalisation
  • Counter-terrorism / violent extremism
  • Reintegration in post-conflict settings


Learning and Teaching Interest and Activities

Tarela has extensive teaching experience in Higher Education and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has experience in teaching Research Methods, Police and Policing, Criminology and Terrorism at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.   



Ike, T.J., Jidong, D.E. and Ayobi, E.E., (2024). Legal Education-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LiCBT) to improve victims’ confidence in the Nigerian police: a single-arm mixed method feasibility intervention study. Cogent Social Sciences10(1), p.2334478.

Ike, T.J., Jidong, D.E., Ike, M. L., and Ayobi, E.E. (2023). Public Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Ex-offenders and Their Reintegration in Nigeria: A Mixed Method Study. Criminology & Criminal Justice. DOI: 10.1177/17488958231181987

Ike, T.J. and Jidong, D.E. (2022). Victims’ experiences of crime, police behaviour and complaint avenues for reporting police misconduct in Nigeria: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, pp.1-18.

Ike, T.J., Antonopoulos, G.A. and Singh, D., (2022). Community perspectives of terrorism and the Nigerian government’s counterterrorism strategies: A systematic review. Criminology & Criminal Justice, p.17488958221110009.

Ike, T.J., Singh, D., Jidong, D.E., Ike, L.M., Ayobi, E.E. (2021). Public perspectives of interventions aimed at building confidence in the Nigerian police force: A systematic review. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. DOI: 10.1080/18335330.2021.1892167

Ike, T.J., Singh, D., Jidong, D.E., Murphy, S., and Ayobi, E.E. (2021). Rethinking reintegration in Nigeria: community perceptions of former Boko Haram combatants. Third World Quarterly, pp. 1- 22. DOI:10.1080/01436597.2021.1872376

Ike, T.J., Singh, D., Murphy, S., Jidong, D.E., Porritt, F. and Ayobi, E.E. (2020). Community perspectives of former terrorist combatants, militants and reintegration programmes in Nigeria: a systematic review. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, pp.1-27. DOI: 10.1080/19434472.2020.1834431

Ike, T.J. (2020). ‘An online survey is less personal whereas I actually sat with the lecturer and it felt like you actually cared about what I am saying’: A pedagogy-oriented action research to improve student engagement in criminology. Educational Action Research. pp.1-20. 

Ike, T.J. (2019). The Syrian Jihad. The evolution of an insurgency, by Charles R. Lister. London: Hurst & Company, 2017, pp. 520. Interdisciplinary Political Studies5(1), pp.239-242.

Livingstone, S., Davidson, J., Jenkins, S., Gekoski, A., Choak, C., Ike, T. and Phillips, K. (2019). Adult online hate, harassment and abuse: a rapid evidence assessment.

Ike, T.J., (2018). Reconceptualising the role of law in countering terrorism: a case study of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Journal of Law and Criminal Justice6(1), pp.107-112.


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