Research Interests

Women prison reforms, human rights abuses, critical criminology

Akshaya K.

Senior Research Fellow

B.A. (University of Bangalore); M.A. Criminology (National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Sciences, New Delhi)

Akshaya is presently working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminology with specialization in Human Rights from LNJN National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, which is affiliated to GGSIPU, New Delhi.  

Teaching Experience

At JIBS, she has designed and delivered an elective on Principles of Criminology across JGU schools, which includes modules on classical, biological, psychological, sociological, conflict, radical theories of crime, gender and crime and also the emerging trends in criminology like green criminology, cultural criminology etc.  She has also qualified UGC-NET for Assistant Professor in Criminology.

Research Experience

She is actively involved in various research projects at JIBS. She is currently working on two chapters for an upcoming Springer publication on Criminal Psychology. She is also keenly working on a research paper on the Efficacy of the Witness Protection Scheme, 2018. In addition to this, she is involved in an interdisciplinary research project on the Admissibility of Scientific Evidences in Indian Courts. She aims to positively influence the justice system by working on various issues related to criminology and human rights.


Journal Publications

  1. Krishnakumar A., Verma S. (2020) Analysis of the efficacy of the witness protection scheme in India. (Manuscript under review)

Books Chapters

  1. Sahni, S.P. & Krishnakumar, A. (2020) Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Criminal Behaviour in (Eds. S.P. Sahni, P. Bhadra) Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond (Springer Singapore)