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Barry Goldson

University of Liverpool

Professor Goldson is best known for his work in the fields of youth criminology and youth/juvenile justice studies within which he has earned significant visibility and international standing.


Professor Goldson is extensively published and he has presented papers at over 200 national and international conferences. He has also provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees, independent inquiries and international studies including: the United Nations Secretary General's Study on Violence Against Children; the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Children; the Northern Ireland Assembly Justice Committee; Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons; the Offices of the Children's Commissioner's for both England and Wales; the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain; Lord Carlile's independent inquiry into the treatment and conditions of children and young people in penal custody; the Irish Government's Ministry of Children and Youth Affairs and the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

Professor Goldson is widely networked across the international research community and he has long-standing relations with a range of national and international governmental and non-governmental human rights and progressive penal reform organisations. He was a member of the Expert Advisory Board that supported the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. A summary report of the Study was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in New York in October 2019 and the full report was launched in Geneva in November 2019. In late 2019 he was appointed an independent member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission Research Committee.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Professor Goldson's principal research interests are situated at the inter-disciplinary interface(s) of criminal justice, criminology, law, social/public policy, social and economic history, sociology and socio-legal studies. He is the Chair/Convenor of both the British Society of Criminology 'Youth Criminology/Youth Justice Network' (YC/YJN) and the European Society of Criminology 'Thematic Working Group on Juvenile Justice' (TWGJJ).

    In addition to his Professorial role at Liverpool, he is also Visiting Professorial Research Fellow and a member of the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Adjunct Professor at the School of Justice, QUT, Brisbane and Honorary Professor at Liverpool Hope University. He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane and a Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong and, between 2010-17, he was an appointed member of the Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), an expert panel established by the European Commission and the Council of Europe to advise on European youth policy and research. Professor Goldson is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Crime and Society Research Centre at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Free University of Brussels).

    Professor Goldson's most recent book is 'Youth Justice and Penality in Comparative Context' - deriving from a major four-year Australian Research Council funded project with colleagues from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is currently working on a further book project also contracted to Routledge, entitled 'Re-imagining Juvenile Justice'.



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