Staff Profiles: Dr. Susie Atherton

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Staff Profile: Dr. Susie Atherton
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

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Dr. Susie Atherton

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and Academic Course Leader for the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6) top up programme. My research interests include restorative justice, problem-solving courts and innovative practice to deal with crime.


I have been working in HE since 2004 in various roles as a researcher, lecturer and programme leader, and I have taught modules covering criminological theory, research, criminal justice policy and community justice. Prior to joining the University of Gloucestershire in September 2020, I worked at the University of Northampton, De Montfort University and Birmingham City University.

I am currently researching an arts based project in a prison and I am keen to continue researching in the field of alternative justice, to follow on from my PhD which examined problem solving courts and restorative practice as a community resource.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Criminology De Montfort University 2018
PgDip Applied Social Research Birmingham City University 2007
MSc Criminal Justice Policy London School of Economics 2001
BSc Psychology and Sociology University of Plymouth 1995


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

British Society of Criminology

Teaching and research


Critical Perspectives in Criminology, Applied Research Project, Advanced Criminological Research, Restorative Justice


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My core research interests are in community engagement in policing and crime prevention, alternative justice, qualitative methodologies, and the public understanding of justice and punishment.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Problem solving courts, Restorative Justice, Community engagement

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