Katie Hunter

Postgraduate Research Student

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology



Katie completed a BA in Combined Honours (Psychology and Criminology) at the University of Liverpool (2010 – 2013). She then undertook a master’s degree in Research Methodology (Social Sciences) at the same university and she graduated with distinction in 2014. Katie secured ESRC (+3) funding for PhD research at University of Liverpool which is due for completion in 2019.


Katie began her ESRC funded PhD studentship in October 2014. Her research focuses on the disproportionate representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) children and looked after children in the youth justice system in England and Wales. Principally, her research is concerned with the structural factors which lead to these two groups of children being overrepresented in the juvenile secure estate. Her PhD thesis is due for completion in 2019.

Thesis title

Black and Minority Ethnic Children and Looked After Children in Youth Custody