Dr Claire Paterson-Young

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Claire Paterson-Young (BA MSc PhD) is an Associate Professor & Research Leader at the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact (ISII). A key feature of her research is the development of social impact measurement frameworks that aid organisations to identify the positive and negative, intended and unintended outcomes of interventions and activities. Claire's current major research projects include AI in Law Enformcement (RAI-UK funded 4-year interdisciplinary project titled 'PROBabLE Futures – Probabilistic AI Systems in Law Enforcement Futures') and Gender Equality (British Council funded 1-year project titled 'Empowering female students and graduates enhancing skills and expanding opportunities: Learning from UK and Indonesia').

Claire has over 15 years practice and management experience in safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, trafficking, sexual violence, youth and restorative justice. She consults nationally with local authorities, police forces and national organisations to develop child sexual exploitation services. She is currently a member of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee, Health and Research Association Research Ethics Committee and the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee. She is a trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 

Claire is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies, International Advisory Board Member for the YOUNG Journal and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology. She is an Expert Panel Member and Chair of the Cross-Comparison Research Special Interest Group at the Work and Family Research Network. She is co-editor of books titled Desistance and Children: Critical Reflections from Theory, Research and Practice (Policy Press, 2024) and Social Impact Measurement for a Sustainable Future: The Power of Aesthetics and Practical Implications (Palgrave, 2021). Claire was lead author of a book titled The Social Impact of Custody on Young People in the Criminal Justice System (Palgrave, 2019). 

Research Interests

Claire's research interests are diverse, including:

  • Youth studies
  • Participatory research
  • Social impact measurement
  • Ethics
  • Responsible policing
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Imprisonment
  • Social care
  • Restorative justice
  • Sexual violence
  • Child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Trauma informed practices
  • Normalisation of abuse

Teaching Interests

Claire completed her Higher Education Association Fellowship in 2017 and has experience teaching in Criminology and Social Care at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has experience teaching in modules including:

  • Criminological Imagination;
  • Criminological Perspectives
  • Explaining Violence
  • Youth, Risk and Society
  • Children, Young People and the State
  • Research Methods
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Impact


  • Michael Maher - University of Northampton - Collective Action in Transitioning States: A study of social enterprises [complete].
  • Tuyen Thanh Le - University of Northampton - Social Impact of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: The case-study of Ca Ba Island, Vietnam [complete].
  • Riann Sherratt - Coventry University (External Supervisor) - Primary prevention: Tackling child sexual offending through early intervention.
  • Jo Kukuczka - Open University (External Supervisor) - Investigating the social impact of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) curriculum for change.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Degree Supervision


Award Date: 17 Aug 2022

PhD, Social Impact Measurement in Youth Custody


Award Date: 31 Oct 2018

Master, Criminology and Criminal Justice


Award Date: 31 Aug 2011

Bachelor, Criminology, Glasgow Caledonian University


Award Date: 30 Jul 2010

External positions

External Examiner, University of Essex

Jun 2023 → …

Visiting Fellow, Binus University Malang


Independent Advisory Board, YOUNG Journal

15 Sept 2022 → …

Associate Fellow, The Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ)

Sept 2022 → …

External Supervisor, The Open University

May 2022 → …

External Examiner, De Montfort University

1 Oct 2021 → …

External Examiner, Edge Hill University

1 Oct 2021 → …

Associate Editor, Journal of Child and Family Studies

Apr 2021 → …

Ethics Committee Member, Health Research Authority NHS Research Ethics Committee

Oct 2020 → …

Editorial Board, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology

Aug 2020 → …

Trustee, National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ)

Aug 2020 → …

External Supervisor, Coventry University

Jan 2019 → …

Ethics Committee Member, West Midland Police and Crime Commissioner

Nov 2018 → …

Academic Special, National Crime Agency

Apr 2017Sept 2019


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