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  • B.A, M.Res, Ph.D

Jo Deakin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She graduated from Goldsmiths Gollege, University of London with a degree in sociology and was awarded an ESRC studentship to complete a Masters degree in social research and a Doctorate at Manchester University .Her doctoral thesis considered the relationship between children's fears and their experiences of bullying and victimisation.

Jo’s research is situated at the intersection between youth work, justice and social policy addressing young people’s responses to aspects of criminalisation, social control and stigma, and youth-led social change.

She currently teaches and researches in the areas of Youth Justice, Youth Participation, and Qualitative Methods.


Research interests

Jo's principal research interests relate to the control, 'management', inclusion/exclusion and reintegration of young people. 

She is currently leading a European collaborative project exploring young people’s role in shaping society, focusing specifically on young people ‘in conflict’ with authority:

PROMISE: PROMoting Youth Involvement and Social Engagement

This project is funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Grant Agreement no. 693221. It runs from May 2016 to April 2019 and involves twelve collaborating centres in 10 European countries.

Visit the website here: http://www.promise.manchester.ac.uk/en/home-page/


Jo's previous research projects have centred around the experiences of various youth populations, focusing speciafically on exclusion and (re)integration. These include the social networks of young BME offenders/desisters pre and post custody; control, security and victimisation experienced by young migrant men; student and teacher experiences of the Prevent (anti radicalisation) strategy; and the exclusions experienced by 'problem drug users' and sex offenders.


Further information


Jo is the course convenor of:


Willing to supervise PhD students in projects relating to main research areas. Please email for further details.

Media Availability:

Available to media queries in areas of expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


  • Youth Justice
  • exclusion
  • social control
  • inclusion
  • restorative justice
  • youth behaviour
  • punishment
  • youth crime
  • school punishment


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