0 Amal Ali
 Amal Ali

Amal Ali

PhD student

Department of Methodology

Key Expertise
Criminal Justice, Social Justice, Policing, Legitimacy, Drug Policy

About me

Amal is a PhD candidate in Social Research Methods supervised by Professor Jonathan Jackson and Dr Kristzian Posch, UCL. 

Amal holds a BSc in Public Health and an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Her doctoral research examines disproportionality in police use of force in England and Wales. This is a collaborative studentship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, with the non-academic partner being the College of Policing, the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales.

Prior to starting her PhD Amal co-authored the UK’s first super-complaint on the use of stop and search powers, which was covered by ITV News, and is currently under investigation by Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Amal managed ‘Y-Stop’ a youth-led advocacy on police stop and search and racial profiling. As part of her activism she was invited to participate in the BBC3 documentary ‘You Match The Description: Stop and Search’.

Amal has a track record of championing harm reduction and drug policy reform. She co-authored ‘Finding a Needle in a Haystack’, a report on Take Home Naloxone among local authorities and prisons. She presented her findings at the 13th International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) conference in Paris. 

In a book marking the 50th anniversary of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Amal will appear as a co-author in a chapter examining the ongoing impacts of the Act on the policing of Black communities.