Jonathan Shute

Jonathan Shute


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  • CRIM 10432 Psychology, Crime & Criminal Justice    
  • CRIM 31052 Criminology & Mass Violence
  • CRIM 70102 Necrocriminology: Case Studies in Mass Violence             



I am Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head, and Director of Teaching & Learning in the Department of Criminology. I have taught and researched at the Universities of Edinburgh (1998-2001), Glasgow (2001-2005) and Manchester (since 2005). I was Head of Research & Evaluation at the NSPCC's Centre for Early Child Development (CECD) in 2018,

I have published in English, French and Spanish and on a wide variety of topics associated with violence and family stress. I am a member of the editorial board of the journal 'Human Remains & Violence', affiliate to the British and European Societies of Criminology, the 'Eurogang' network and several other groups in the field of death studies and (separately!) pedagogy in higher education. 

I am a member of the Cabinet Office's 'What Works' Trial Advice Panel and a member of the ESRC's Future Leaders Peer Review College.

At Manchester, I have held the following service & committee roles:

  • Deputy Head of Department (2020- )
  • Departmental Director of Teaching & Learning (2019- )
  • Undergraduate Programmes Director (2019-20)
  • PGT Programmes Director (2013-15 & 2019-20)
  • Deputy Associate Dean for PGR, Director of ESRC North-West SS DTP 'Methods North West' network (2017-18)
  • LLB Curriculum Review T&F Group (2017-18)
  • Global Justice Institute Working Group (2016-17)
  • Departmental Research Seminar Convenor (2010-2012)
  • Departmental PGR Director (2010-12)
  • Criminology Careers Liaison (2009-11)
  • Chair of Pedagogy Sub-Group, School of Law UG Teaching Review (2009)
  • Elected member of School of Law Teaching & Learning Committee (2007-11)

Research interests

  • theoretical rapprochement between psychology & criminology.
  • moral neutralisation theory as applied to state crime & genocide.
  • motives of attention towards suffering
  • compliance in the lifecourse (esp. moral development, youth crime & desistance)
  • criminological psychology (esp. offender rehabilitation & early family intervention)
  • research methods and statistics (esp. policy evaluation research)
  • psychology of effecive teaching and learning in higher education


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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