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Dr Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal

Dr Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal was recently appointed to the role of a Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire.


Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal

Congratulations on your most recent appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire! Could you share some insight into what projects or research you will be working on?

Thank you. I am really excited to be part of the brilliant and supportive social sciences team at the University of Gloucestershire. Currently I am working on a few projects. Most of this academic year will be spent on projects that study international criminal law and the international criminal justice system, which includes working on a new co-authored textbook. I am also currently working on a manuscript that examines climate change as a state and corporate crime. Finally, another ongoing project looks to decolonise the criminology curriculum, a project that has yielded some initial results here and here but there is still a lot of work to do.

Beyond these projects I am busy with developing a restorative justice platform called and an interface for the database I developed, the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database, which is available at

Could you tell us more about your chapter in Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation? What inspired you to write it?

This article, entitled ‘Controlling piracy in Southeast Asia – Thinking outside the box’ co-authored with my PhD supervisor, Dr. Nikos Passas, was my first academic publication on maritime piracy. It was an opportunity to use my knowledge from the LLM, where I was introduced to the workings of international law, and my PhD, which made me a social scientist. The aim of this article was to be more creative in how we approach the use of international law, specifically the use of some international conventions for maritime piracy prosecutions.

You have had many great achievements in your career – from completing your PhD to being published in various scholarly works. What achievement has been most special to you?

Completing my PhD was really a major achievement for me, at the time I had two young children at home. I certainly could not have done that without the support, encouragement, and love of my husband and my children (who are now grown). The PhD was instrumental in opening up opportunities to work in academia and more importantly, it taught me to think critically and methodically.

Outside of your work, what are your other passions and interests?

Outside of work I am very passionate about the use of Restorative Justice. I have spent much of my free time volunteering, learning, and educating about RJ, and now am working with my husband on developing a way to make RJ easier to use through technology. Beyond that, I love traveling and spending time with my family.

Where do you see yourself in 2030?

That is a hard question. I think it is not so much about the destination but about enjoying the journey. I am lucky to love my work and so I hope that I continue to love what I do.

You can also read Anamika's student profile on our website.





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