Dr Thomas Akoensi completed his secondary school education in Tema, Ghana and his BA in Psychology at the University of Ghana, Legon. He then studied for a PhD and MPhil in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
Dr Akoensi worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Criminology before joining SSPSSR, in October 2015, as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Dr Akoensi’s research interests are in the area of penology and, more broadly, organisational behaviour, legitimacy, comparative criminology, mixed-methods research and evidence-based criminal justice policy.
He is currently undertaking a research project with Dr Amy Nivette (Nuffield College, Oxford University) on Legitimacy and Informal Social Control in four communities in Accra, Ghana.
Dr Akoensi convenes and teaches modules on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology programme.