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 which he continues to hold. In 2016 he was designated an 'Accomplished Professor' by the University. He is extensively published and he has presented papers at over 200 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 '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 Ministry of Children and Youth Affairs and further independent inquiries/reviews into youth justice law and policy in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 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. Currently he is a member of the Expert Advisory Board of the United Nations Global Study of Children Deprived of Liberty that is scheduled to report to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.
- Fellow (Academician) (Academy of Social Sciences 2017)
- Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust 2012)