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Em P Barry Goldson B.A (Hons), PG DASS, CQSW, MA, PhD, FAcSS

Professor Emeritus Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology


Personal Statement

In 2006 Professor Goldson was promoted from Senior Lecturer of Sociology to a Personal Chair in Criminology and Social Policy and, in 2009, he was appointed to the endowed Charles Booth Chair of Social Science. In 2016 he was designated an 'Accomplished Professor' by the University and in 2020 he was conferred 'Professor Emeritus' and 'Honorary Professor'. He is extensively published and he has presented papers at over 250 national and international conferences. In 2000 he founded 'Youth Justice: An International Journal' (Sage) after which he served as its Editor-in-Chief until 2015. He has also served the Editorial Boards of several other learned journals including 'Critical Social Policy' (Sage, 2004-11) and the 'British Journal of Criminology' (Oxford University Press, 2006-14). He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the 'Howard Journal of Crime and Justice' (Wiley). He has 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 also 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 guided and 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 also appointed as an independent member of - and Academic Advisor to - the Criminal Cases Review Commission's Research Committee.

Prizes or Honours

  • 'Juvenile Justice Without Borders International Award' (International Juvenile Justice Observatory , 2018)

Funded Fellowships

  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2012)

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Fellow (Academician) (Academy of Social Sciences , 2017)