Dr Susan Batchelor

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

University of Glasgow


Dr Susan Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, based in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. She is a very experienced youth researcher and research manager, with previous projects including: young people’s attitudes towards sexual violence (Zero Tolerance), girls’ views and experiences of violence (ESRC), teenage sexuality and the media (HEBS), young women sentenced to custody for violent offending (ESRC), risk assessment and risk management of children and young people involved in offending behaviour (RMA), alcohol and domestic abuse (RCA), youth gangs and knife carrying (Scottish Government), youth violence in Scotland (Scottish Government) and an evaluation of the Time for Change young women’s project (Up-to-us). The majority of Susan’s academic publications relate to young women as victims and perpetrators of violence and this research has been cited in numerous policy documents, as well as being featured in press articles, television programmes and radio broadcasts. She has made invited contributions to the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee inquiry into female offenders (2009) and the Home Office roundtable event on female perpetrators and victims of gang violence (2012), and is currently a member of the Scottish Government Vulnerable Girls and Young Women Champions Group.

Susan’s current research activity revolves around intersecting issues of youth, culture, globalisation and social change. She is currently leading an ESRC-funded study of youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong, as well as contributing to wider SCCJR research on sectarianism in Scotland.

Further information:

(Re)Imagining Youth website: http://reimaginingyouth.wordpress.com


Bannister, J., Pickering, J., Batchelor, S. , Burman, M., Kintrea, K. and McVie, S. (2010) Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland. Scottish Government.

Batchelor, S. A. (2018) In the footsteps of a quiet pioneer: Revisiting Pearl Jephcott’s work on youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong. Women’s History Review,(doi:10.1080/09612025.2018.1472893) (Early Online Publication)

Batchelor, S. , Fraser, A., Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) (Re)Politicising young people: from Scotland’s Indyref to Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement. In: Pickard, S. and Bessant, J. (eds.) Young People Re-Generating Politics in Times of Crises. Series: Palgrave studies in young people and politics. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783319582498

Batchelor, S. , Whittaker, L., Fraser, A. and Ling, L. (2017) Leisure lives on the margins: (re)imagining youth in Glasgow East End. In: Blackman, S. and Rogers, R. (eds.) Youth Marginality in Britain: Contemporary Studies of Austerity. Policy Press: Bristol. ISBN 9781447330523

Batchelor, S. (2011) Beyond dichotomy: towards an explanation of young women’s involvement in violent street gangs. In: Goldson, B. (ed.) Youth in Crisis? ‘Gangs’, Territoriality and Violence. Willan: Cullompton. ISBN 9781843927518

Batchelor, S.  (2005) ‘Prove me the bam!’: victimization and agency in the lives of young women who commit violent offences. Probation Journal, 52(4), pp. 358-375. (doi:10.1177/0264550505058034)

Batchelor, S.A. (2004) ‘I slept with 40 boys in three months’ teenage sexuality in the media: too much too young? In: Burtney, E.and Duffy, M. (eds.) Young People and Sexual Health: Individual, Social and Policy Contexts. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780333993576PB

Batchelor, S. (2002) The myth of girl gangs.In: Jewkes, Y. and Letherby, G. (eds.)Criminology: A Reader. SAGE: London, UK, pp. 247-250. ISBN 9780761947103

Batchelor, S. and Burman, M. (2009) The children’s hearing system. In: Johnstone, J. and Burman, M. (eds.) Youth Justice. Series: Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care (9). Dunedin Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781903765913

Batchelor, S. (2009) Girls, gangs and violence: assessing the evidence. Probation Journal, 56(4), pp. 399-414. (doi:10.1177/0264550509346501)

Batchelor, S. (2007) ‘Getting mad wi’ it’: risk-seeking by young women’. In: Hannah-Moffat, K. and O’Malley, P. (eds.) Gendered Risks. Routledge-Cavendish: Abingdon, pp. 205-227. ISBN 9781904385783

Batchelor, S.A. and Burman, M.J. (2004) Working with girls and young women. In: McIvor, G. (ed.) Women who offend. Jessica Kingsley: London. ISBN 9781843101543

Burman, M. and Batchelor, S.A. (2009) Between two stools? Responding to young women who offend. Youth Justice, 9(3), pp. 270-285. (doi:10.1177/1473225409345104)

Burman, M.J., Brown, J.A. and Batchelor, S.A. (2003) ‘Taking it to heart’: girls and the meanings of violence. In: Stanko, E. (ed.)The Meanings of Violence. Routledge: Abingdon, pp. 71-89. ISBN 9780415301305

Fraser, A., Batchelor, S. , Ling, L. L. N. and Whittaker, L. (2017) City as lens: (re)imagining youth in Glasgow and Hong Kong. Young: The Nordic Journal of Youth Research, 25(3), pp. 235-251. (doi:10.1177/1103308816669642)

Fraser, A., Burman, M., Batchelor, S. and McVie, S. (2010) Youth violence in Scotland: a literature review.  Scottish Government, Edinburgh.


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