Susie Atherton

Title: Teaching Fellow in Criminology
Phone: 01782 (7) 33546
Location: Chancellors Building, CBB1.015
Contacting me: Email

Susie has worked at Keele University since December 2015, as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology, teaching on criminal justice policy, mental health and offending, research methods, investigating crime and murder. Prior to joining Keele, she was a Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University for 6 years before leaving to complete her PhD in Criminology.  She has also worked as a researcher at Birmingham City University and in the Home Office and Social Exclusion Unit. 

Susie’s research interests are in community engagement in crime and justice, community justice (community courts, restorative justice, problem solving approaches), qualitative methodologies and the use of social networking in research. Her PhD is a qualitative study examining community justice from the perspective of professionals, residents and volunteers, using a case study of Middlesbrough.

Susie is a member of the British Society of Criminology, and was chair of the Post-Graduate Committee from 2010-2012.

Baldwin, L. and Atherton, S. (2015) Parental Supervision: Unravelling Positivity from Complexity – The Community Supervision of Mothers, in L. Baldwin (Ed.) Mothering Justice: Working with Mothers in Criminal and Social Justice Settings, Waterside Press.

Baldwin, L., Atherton, S.  and Thompson, C. (2015) Policing Mothers: Intervention, Protection and Prevention, in L. Baldwin (Ed.) Mothering Justice: Working with Mothers in Criminal and Social Justice Settings, Waterside Press.

Atherton, S. (2015) Community courts to address youth offending: A lost opportunity? British Journal of Community Justice, 13, 2.

Atherton, S (2012) Cops and Bloggers: Exploring the Presence of Police Culture on the Web, Internet Journal of Criminology (online).

Atherton, S and Crisp, A. (2011) Top Cats: The Role and Requirements of Leadership in Community Justice Initiatives, British Journal of Community Justice,   9(1/2): 7-20

Atherton, S. (2009) Book Review: Victims of Crime and Community Justice, (Williams, B. 2005), British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11 (1).

Wilson, D., Caulfield, L. and Atherton, S. (2009) Good Vibrations: The long term impact of a prison based music project, Prison Service Journal, 182.

Sharp, D., Atherton, S. and Williams, K. (2008) Civilian policing, legitimacy and vigilantism: Findings from three case studies in England and Wales, Policing and Society, 18 (3).

MacDonald, M., Atherton, S., Berto, D., Bukauskas, A., Graebsch, C., Parasanau, E., Popov, I., Qaramah, A., Stöver, H., Sarosi, P. and Valdaru, K (2008) Service Provision for Detainees with Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use in Police Detention: A Comparative Study of Selected Countries in the European Union, The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) Paper no. 27.

Heer, G. and Atherton, S. (2008) (IN)visible barriers: The experience of Asian employees in the Probation Service, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 47 (1), pp. 1-17.

Sharp, D. and Atherton, S. (2007) To Serve and Protect? The experiences of policing in the community of young people from black and other ethnic minority groups, British Journal of Criminology, 47(5):746-763.

Williams, K., Atherton, S. and Sharp D. (2007) The Resettlement of Black and Minority Ethnic Offenders, in A. Hucklesby and L. Hagley-Dickinson (Eds), Prisoner Resettlement: Policy and practice, Willan Publishing.

Sharp, D. and Atherton, S. (2006) Out on the Town: An Evaluation of Brief Motivational Interventions to Address the Risks Associated with Problematic Alcohol Use, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 50 (5).

MacDonald, M., Atherton S. and Stöver, H. (2006) Juveniles in Secure Settings: Services for problematic drug and alcohol users, European Network in Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prison (ENDIPP) & BIS-Verglag.

Conference Presentations:

ATHERTON, S. Seeing Justice Done: Voices from the community, Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology annual conference, Plymouth, 2015.

ATHERTON, S. Cops and Bloggers: Exploring the presence of police culture on the web, Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology annual conference, Leicester, 2010.

ATHERTON, S. Top Cats: Who are the leaders in community justice? Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology annual conference, Cardiff 2009.

ATHERTON, S. Managing part-time study with full time work, Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology post graduate conference, Cardiff, 2009

ATHERTON, S. When two worlds collide: Policing problematic drug and alcohol use in Lithuania, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Huddersfield, July 2008.

ATHERTON, S. Juveniles in Secure Settings with Problematic Drug Use: Interim findings, paper presented at the International Prisoner Health Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, 19-21 June, 2006

ATHERTON, S. and WILLIAMS, K. Everyone’s Business: Investigating the resettlement needs of black and minority ethnic ex-offenders in the West Midlands, paper presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester, December, 2005.

ATHERTON, S and WILLIAMS, K. Cruisin’ For A Boozin’: A study of two arrest referral schemes, paper presented at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Leeds, July, 2005

ATHERTON, S. Problematic Drug Users in Police Detention in the European Union: A review of current research, paper presented at the European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Amsterdam, August, 2004.

  • Criminal Justice Policy, Process and Practice
  • Murder
  • Investigating Crime
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Mental Health and Offending