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Dr Suzanne Young

About Dr Suzanne Young

Dr Suzanne Young is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology who joined Leeds Beckett in 2014. Suzanne has been teaching and researching in the fields of Criminology, for the past ten years and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Suzanne joined Leeds Beckett in 2014 have held various lecturing and research posts at the University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Glasgow. Suzanne is on the steering group of the British Society of Criminology’s learning and teaching network and also the joint co-ordinator for the British Society of Criminology’s Yorkshire and Humber regional group.

Suzanne is active in digital pedagogy and employs innovative teaching methods to enhance the learning experience. Her learning and teaching has been recognised as excellent at the institutional level having been awarded the Inspiring Teacher of the Year award at the Leeds Beckett Achieving Excellence Awards 2016/17.

Current Teaching

Suzanne teaches on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Policing and Social Control
  • Media and Crime
  • PRisoN Learning Together
  • Exploring Men's Imprisonment
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (Supervisor)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (Supervisor)

She is also interested in supervising postgraduate students on the following topics:

  • Critical criminological theory
  • Policing and security
  • Social media and crime

Research Interests

Suzanne's main research interests explore how crime and deviance are constructed and understood through different social lenses. Her current research is exploring deviance on new online social media by examining case studies of Twitter Trolls. This research is investigating how Twitter Trolling can lead to police involvement and exploring who the moral entrepreneurs of social media are.

Suzanne has carried out extensive research with the police in Scotland and interests include critical criminology, policing and securitisation. Her PhD examined police officers’ perceptions of and responses to young women depicted as violent, which explored the role of gender in police decision making and the masculinisation of violence. Suzanne worked with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) examining the governance of security for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which consisted of ethnographic fieldwork with key security stakeholders and hosting national and international sporting event security workshops.

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