Dr Emily Gray

Position: Research Associate
Email Address: Emily.Gray@sheffield.ac.uk

Academic Profile

My academic career began in social policy (B.A. Goldsmiths College, University of London) before later specialising in criminology (MSc Edinburgh University; PhD Keele University). In 1999 I started work as a research assistant exploring young men’s participation in general practice healthcare at the University of Edinburgh. I later moved to the University of Oxford to join a large team of researchers investigating the effect of intensive community supervision on persistent and serious young offenders in England and Wales. It was this subject that eventually became the focus on my doctoral thesis, which sought to identify the long-term impact (ten years on) of the respective disposal with the same cohort of young people as they entered adulthood. The study combined macro-level longitudinal statistical analyses of a national data-set with micro-level biographical interviews with a discrete regional sample. It was intended to represent a departure from the original evaluation, although its inception was directly informed by the marked limitations of conducting high-profile, short-term public policy research. In between my research on youth crime and justice, I have worked on an ESRC study inspecting the methodological and theoretical particularities of research on the fear of crime. In 2013, I moved to the School of Law at the University of Sheffield on a further ESRC study that will explore the legacy of Thatcherism and neo-conservative social policies on crime.


  • PhD in Criminology, Keele University
  • Msc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

  • Youth crime and justice
  • Mixed methodology
  • Longitudinal research
  • Fear of crime
  • Emotional responses to crime
  • Policy evaluation

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Youth crime and justice
  • Mixed methodology
  • Fear of crime
  • Policy evaluation

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Long-term Trajectories of Crime in the UK
Awarding Body: Economic and Social Research Council ESRC
People Involved: Professor Stephen Farrall
Dates: October 2013 - September 2015

Key Publications

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