Dr Susan Batchelor
- Senior Lecturer (Sociology)
My current research activity revolves around intersecting issues of youth, culture, globalisation and social change and I am currently leading an ESRC-funded study (Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong, alongside a smaller project on gang identity in Glasgow.
Other active interests include:
- women, crime and criminal justice (esp. women who commit violent offences)
- youth crime and youth justice (esp. the Children's Hearing System in Scotland)
- critical and feminist criminology
- poststructuralist theories of penality and social control (incl. the work of Michael Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu)
- cultural criminology and the sociology of risk (esp. young women's risk-seeking behaviour)
- young people and the media (esp. the representation of teen sexuality and youth violence)
- violence and social harm (incl. youth gangs, knife crime, and domestic abuse)
- Research Project: Gang Identity in Drumchapel (Sociology Research Incentivisation Grant: £1,700) - as principal investigator.
- CPD Training: Research with Children and Young People, February 2014-April 2014 (Sociology Research Incentivisation Grant: £900)
- (Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong, September 2013 to August 2015 (Economic and Social Research Council: £99,983) - as principal investigator.
- Research project: Evaluation of Up-to-us Young Women's Project, April 2010-March 2011 (Up-to-us: £38,000) - as principal investigator.
- Pilot project: 'Narratives of Glasgow: Oral histories of gangs in 1960s Easterhouse', April-November 2010 (ASRF: £1,200) – with Angela Bartie and Alistair Fraser.
- Pilot project: ‘Visual methods: Exploring young people’s use of public space in Royston', April-November 2010 (ASRF: £1,995) – with Jon Pickering.
- Literature review: 'Youth violence in Scotland' (Scottish Government) – with Michele Burman and Alistair Fraser.
- Seminar series: 'Confronting Danger, Feeling Fear: Gender and emotions in research fieldwork', June-September 2009 (ASRF £1, 283) - with Michele Burman and Mo Hume.
- Research project: 'Youth Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland', July 2008 -October 2009: (Scottish Government: £155,266) - with Michele Burman, Jon Bannister, Keith Kintrea, Susan McVie and Jon Pickering. Jon Bannister and Prof. Burman drafted this proposal and managed the award.
- Research project: 'Alcohol and Domestic Abuse in Inverclyde', August-November 2007 (Inverclyde Council: £15,374) - as principal investigator
- Research consultancy: 'Audit of Youth Crime and Youth Justice in North Ayrshire: Profiling Young Offenders', March-August 2007: (North Ayrshire: £6,200) - as principal investigator
- Research project: 'Risk Assessment and Management of Children and Young People', January-May 2007 (Risk Management Authority: £26,183) - with Michele Burman, Fergus McNeill, Sarah Armstrong and Jan Nicholson. Prof. Burman drafted this proposal and managed the award.
- Research consultancy: '21st Century Social Work Review: Literature Review on Key Practice Skills', December 2004-February 2005 (Social Work Services Inspectorate, Scottish Executive: £8,750) - with Fergus McNeill, Ros Burnett and Jo Knox. Prof. McNeill drafted this proposal and managed the award.
- Research consultancy: February 2003-January 2005: Consultancy Support for Audit of Youth Crime and Youth Justice in Dumfries and Galloway (with Fergus McNeill and Robin Tuddenham), East Ayrshire (with Fergus McNeill and Kathryn Dutton), East Renfrewshire (with Fergus McNeill and Kathryn Dutton), North Ayrshire (with Fergus McNeill) and South Lanarkshire (with Fergus McNeill) (Total award £110,333). Prof. McNeill drafted these proposals and managed the awards.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD applicants, particularly those interested in pursuing research related to my interests in youth, culture, gender and/or violence.
Internal Examiner for Colin Atkinson, Beyond Cop Culture: The cultural challenge of civilian intelligence analysis in Scottish Policing. Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2013.
Internal Examiner for Yue Li, Oriental Mysteries, Occidental Dreams? Perception, experience, and cultural reinterpretation in contemporary cross-cultural contexts: a comparative analysis between China and the West. Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2013.
Successful PhD completions
Alistair Fraser, Growing through Gangs: Young people, identity, and social change. Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2011. Second supervisor with Prof. Michéle Burman. Funded by Adam Smith Research Fellowship and recipient of MacRobertson Travelling Scholarship.
Lubaba Sadaf, Marital violence against Pakistani women in cross-cultural context. Sociology, University of Glasgow, 2013. Third supervisor with Dr Nicole Bourque and Dr Mo Hume. Recipient of FfWG grant.
Current PhD students
Annie Crowley, Protection for whom? Responding to ‘at risk’ young women. First supervisor with Prof. Michéle Burman, from 2013. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council/Up-2-us.
Gokben Demirbas, A Feminist (Re)Reading of Globalisation within the Frame of Changing Social Constructions of Gender: A Comparative Neighbourhood Study in Turkey. First supervisor with Dr Francesca Stella, from 2013.
Joe Brown, Heroin Users in Rural Scotland. Second supervisor with Dr Lucy Pickering, part-time, from 2013.
Justine Gangneux, Young People and Surveillance Technologies. First supervisor with Dr Sarah Armstrong, part-time, from 2013.
Maureen McBride, Sectarianism in Scotland. First supervisor with Prof. Satnam Virdee, from 2013. Funded by Economic and Social Research Council.
For information on PhD students see: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/sociology/postgraduate/
- Research and Enquiry in Crime and Criminal Justice (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Lecturer)
- Sociology 1B: Crime and Control (UG Level 1, Lecturer)
- Understanding and Explaining Crime and Social Control (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Class coordinator)
- Women, Crime and Criminal Justice (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Class coordinator)
- Advanced Qualitative Methods (MSc Social Science Research, Lecturer)
- Dissertation in Criminology (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Class coordinator)
- Dissertation in Sociology (UG Hons, Class coordinator)
- Qualitative Research Methods (UG Hons, Lecturer)
- Understanding Crime and Crime Reduction (MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, Class coordinator)
- Understanding and Explaining Crime (UG Hons, Class coordinator)
- Violence and Social Harm (UG Hons, Class coordinator)
- Member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
- Member of International Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
Membership of professional bodies
- Member of British Society of Criminology
- Member of British Sociological Association
- Member of European Society of Criminology
- Member of Higher Education Academy
- Member of the Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice
- Member of the National Development (Champions) Group on Vulnerable Girls/Young Women involved in (Serious) Offending
Recent invited presentations
- Batchelor, S. (2010) ‘Beyond dichotomy: Victimization and agency in the lives of young women who offend’. Presentation given to Institute for Advanced Studies Women and Community Sanctions event, June 2010.
- Batchelor, S. (2009) 'Girls, gangs and violence: challenging dichotomies'. Lecture delivered to Scottish Association for the Study of Offending, Edinburgh, November 2009.
- Batchelor, S. (2009) 'Sensitive subjects: researching girls and violence'. Plenary presented at the joint Social Research Association/British Society of Criminology Event: Research methods in the field of crime and justice, Edinburgh, October 2009.
- Batchelor, S. (2009) 'Girls, gangs and violence: assessing the evidence'. Plenary presented at the British Society of Criminology Youth Criminology conference: Youth in Crisis? Gangs, territorality and violence, Liverpool, April 2009.
- Batchelor, S. (2009) 'Understanding young women's violence'. Plenary presented at the Hannah Mackay Breaking the Cycle of Female Offending conference, Stirling, April 2009.
- Batchelor, S. (2009) 'Offending young women: the myth of equal opportunity violence'. Plenary presented at International Centre for Gender and Women's Studies Challenging gender-based violence conference, Glasgow, January 2009.
- Referee of journal articles for Journal of Youth Studies (2002 onwards); Gender Issues (2008 onwards); Feminist Criminology (2010)
- Referee of book proposals/books for Open University Press (2007 onwards); Routledge Publications (2005 onwards); Sage Publications (2005 onwards)
- Referee of research grant applications/end of award reports for Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (2010); Economic and Social Research Council First Grant Scheme (2008 onwards); Economic and Social Research Council Large Grant Competition (2008 onwards); Economic and Social Research Council Standard Grants (Open call) (2004 onwards); Scottish Executive/Government (2007 onwards)
- Sociology Ethics Officer (from 2007)
- Member of Senate (from 2007)
- Hons Dissertation Coordinator (from 2008)
- Senate Assessor for Discipline (from 2008)
- Undergraduate Adviser of Studies (from 2009)
- MSc CCJ dissertation coordinator (from 2009)
Prior to joining the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2005, Susan was a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Strathclyde and held a series of research posts at The Scottish Office, Brunel University, and the University of Glasgow.