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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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Young People and Youth Justice

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Violence, Drugs and Alcohol

September 2019

Taking Stock of Violence in Scotland

Approaches to violence prevention have also developed apace over the same period, with increasing acknowledgement of some of the structural […]

March 2017

City as lens: (Re)imaging youth in Glasgow and Hong Kong

In recent years, a paradox has emerged in the study of youth. On the one hand, in the context of […]


Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland

Recent years have witnessed growing concern about the existence of youth gangs and the engagement of their members in violent […]


Girls, gangs and violence: Assessing the evidence

Current evidence on girls and gangs in the UK is considerably hampered by a set of methodological issues. The first […]


Between Two Stools? Responding to Young Women who Offend

This article traces the emergence of the ‘problem’ of violent and disorderly young female offenders in Scotland, against a broader […]


Reducing reoffending: lessons from psychotherapy and counselling

Focuses on processes and interventions aimed at reducing offending and assisting offenders to reintegrate and desist from crime. A recent […]


Researching Girls and Violence. Facing the Dilemmas of Fieldwork

This paper explores key methodological and analytical issues encountered in an exploratory study of teenage girls’ views and experiences of […]


Research and Practice in Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Children and Young People Engaging in Offending Behaviour

This study has been undertaken with the main aim of providing an evaluation of the literature on research and practice […]


Getting Mad wi’ it’: Risk-seeking by Young Women

This chapter draws upon data from a recent ESRC-funded project exploring young women’s violent behaviour. Challenging conceptions of risk that […]

21st March 2022

Hidden voices: how women convicted of killing their intimate partners experience the Scottish criminal justice system

Dr Susan Batchelor and Dr Rachel McPherson (University of Glasgow) have received funding from the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants SRG […]

1st November 2019

Understanding Repeat Violent Victimisation in Scotland

This research seeks to improve understanding about repeat violence victimisation (RVV) in Scotland, adopting a qualitative methodology that explores the […]

16th October 2013

(Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong

(Re)Imagining Youth analyses youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong in historical and cross-cultural perspective, drawing on a qualitative, comparative […]

21st May 2010

Youth Violence in Scotland

In November 2009, SCCJR were commissioned by the Scottish Government to identify and collate available qualitative and quantitative research data […]

11th March 2010

Evaluation of the Women in Focus Programme

The Women in Focus Programme is aimed at reducing the number of women imprisoned from the South West Scotland Community […]

14th August 2008

Alcohol Misuse and Domestic Abuse

This study was commissioned by former NHS Argyll & Clyde Alcohol and Drug Action Team to explore current research and […]

14th August 2008

Young Women and Violence

Members of SCCJR are involved in ongoing scholarship on young women and violence. Funded projects have included: ‘A View from […]

10th July 2008

Youth Gangs and Knife Carrying

In 2008, SCCJR were awarded a research grant of £155,000 by the Scottish Government to undertake ethnographic research exploring the […]

4th September 2023

‘No one is coming to help’ – New research paints bleak picture of repeat violence in Scotland

1st November 2019

SCCJR to carry out major new project on repeat violence victimisation in Scotland

17th September 2019

Major new report takes stock of violence in Scotland

26th October 2015

Seminar: Searching for Pearls: Reflections on Researching the Life and Work of Pearl Jephcott

5th October 2015

Youth, Politics and the Art of Resistance

30th July 2015

(Re)Imagining Youth exhibition to be held in Glasgow