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Susie Atherton


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PhD projects

• Community engagement in crime and justice • Lived experience of community, inequality and justice • Community justice – community courts, restorative justice, problem solving approaches • Qualitative methodologies, use of social networking in research, creative methodologies • Perceptions and public understanding of justice and punishment

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Personal profile


I have been working in HE since 2004, as a researcher and lecturer in criminology, criminal justice policy, policing, community justice and related areas. I have also done programme and module leadership, all stages of the research process and am published in a range of journals and other outlets. I have taught undergraduates and vocational students on research, criminology risk, community safety, multi-agency working, policing, high risk offenders, domestic abuse, hate crime, alcohol related violence, voluntary services and the CJS, problematic drug and alcohol users, corporate crime, victimology and youth crime.

Prior to my lecturing post, I was a researcher, working on projects in the UK and EU, and have extensive experience in managing research, conducting qualitative research (interviews), analysis (experienced in using NVIVO) and publishing findings.

I now teach modules called 'Outsiders' , youth crime, research and criminological perspectives in gender and race, and the presentation of crime in true crime texts and serials. My PhD examined community justice through social domain theory, using Middlesbrough as a case study. It critically explored the use of community in social policy and existing debates on how community is understood, with a focus on problem solving approaches. I am currently developing a new module called 'Communities, Crime and Alternative Justice' to reflect recent reforms, different ways to deal with crime and the need to consider changing approaches.

I have recently started a new blog on my reflections on teaching criminology, see

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, De Montfort University

1 Jul 200920 Jan 2019

Master, The London School of Economics and Political Science

1 Sep 19991 Sep 2001

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Research Output 2007 2012

Cops and Bloggers: Exploring the presence of police culture on the web

Atherton, S., 2012, In : Internet Journal of Criminology. 2045-6743, p. 2045-6743 4699 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
police officer
computer-mediated communication

Top cats: The role and requirements of leadership in community justice initiatives

Atherton, S. & Crisp, A., 14 Sep 2011, In : British Journal of Community Justice. 9, 1-2, p. 7-20 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Social Justice
Criminal Law
Social Responsibility

Review of Victims of crime and community justice.

Atherton, S., 2009, The British Journal of Forensic Practice. Pavilion Publishing, p. 38-40 3 p. (The British Journal of Forensic Practice; vol. 11).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

criminal justice policy

Top Cats: Who are the leaders in community justice?

Atherton, S., 1 Aug 2009.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

social cohesion
probation service
job security

To serve and protect? The experiences of policing in the community of young people from black and other ethnic minority groups

Sharp, D. & Atherton, S., Sep 2007, British Journal of Criminology. p. 746-763 18 p. (British Journal of Criminology; vol. 47).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Minority Groups
Ethnic Groups


Creating ‘community’ through criminal justice policy: Engaging citizens and determining responsibility

Author: Atherton, S., 20 Sep 2019

Supervisor: Canton, R. (External person) (Supervisor) & Knight, V. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis