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Claire Paterson-Young


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Claire Paterson-Young (BA MSc PhD) is a Senior Researcher 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 is currently an Editorial Board Member for the international academic journal ‘Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology'. She is co-author of the book 'The Social Impact of Custody on Young People in the Criminal Justice System' (Palgrave, 2019).

She has over 10 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.

Claire is a member of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Ethics Committee, NHS 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). 

Research Interests

Claire's research interests are diverse, including: youth justice; imprisonment; social impact measurement; restorative justice; sexual violence; child sexual abuse and exploitation; trauma informed practices; and normalisation of abuse.

Claire's PhD research was submitted as evidence for the Justice Committee's Enquiry into Youth Custody and led to a co-authored book, commissioned by Palgrave, on The Social Impact of Custody on Young People in the Criminal Justice System. In 2020, she was invited by Springer to co-author a chapter on 'Transformative Outcomes' for the Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Justice, Peace and Strong Institutions.

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, on modules including: Criminological Imagination; Criminological Perspectives,; Explaining Violence; Youth, Risk and Society; Children, Young People and the State; and Critical Thinking.


Riann Sherratt - Coventry University (External Supervisor)

Primary prevention: Tackling child sexual offending through early intervention

Michael Maher - University of Northampton 

Collective Action in Transitioning States: A study of social enterprises

Tuyen Thanh Le - University of Northampton

Social Impact of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: The case-study of Ca Ba Island, Vietnam


External positions

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 → …

Ethics Committee Member, West Midland Police and Crime Commissioner

Nov 2018 → …

Academic Special, National Crime Agency

Apr 2017Sep 2019


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