I am currently Programme Lead for the Childhood and Youth Studies area. Prior to joining the Open University in March 2020, I was Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London. Before embarking on my career in academia – which incidentally began at the OU in the early 2000s when I was first employed as an Associate Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Welfare – I worked for over 14 years in South and East London, firstly as a detached community and youth worker before taking on Project and Area Manager roles. Consequently, my professional background incorporates the development, management and delivery of programmes and provision in the areas: of early years, 5-11-year-old after school services, alternative education, adult education, detached youth work and centre-based youth projects.
My research interests and expertise are in the areas of: Black youth and ‘Road Culture’; youth cultures and transitions; serious youth violence and gangs; race/ethnicity, crime and justice; policing multi-ethnic urban neighbourhoods; ethnography. During the past two decades I have carried out a number of ethnographic research studies examining and exploring contemporary urban youth subculture(s) and alternative youth transitions. More recently, my work has focused on serious youth violence with regard to: (i) current policy, policing and preventative practice aimed at tackling ‘street gangs’ and; (ii) youth led and community-based/ driven solutions and interventions.
Youth Cultures and Transitions; Global Perspectives on Childhood and Youth; Race/Ethnicity and Contemporary Youth Identities; Working with Children and Young People; Youth and Social Policy; Researching with Children and Young People.
I have disseminated my research findings to a wide and varied audience via: authored books, policy papers, evaluation reports;presented and spoke at conferences, seminars and community events; television, radio and newspaper interviews.
‘Keeping it real’: the experiences of black youth beyond criminal (in)justice statistics (2015-09-29)
Criminal Justice Matters(101)
Grafting, going to college and working on road: youth transitions and cultures in an East London neighbourhood (2009)
Gunter, Anthony and Watt, Paul
Journal of Youth Studies, 12(5) (pp. 515-529)
Growing up bad: Black youth, ‘road’ culture and badness in an East London neighbourhood (2008)
Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 4(3) (pp. 349-366)
The Trouble with Black (Male) Youth (2003)
Criminal Justice Matters, 54(1) (pp. 22-23)
Race, Gangs and Youth Violence: Policy, Prevention and Policing (2017-02-15)
ISBN : 978-1447322870 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK
Growing Up Bad?: Black Youth, 'road' Culture and Badness in an East London Neighbourhood (2010-02-04)
ISBN : 9781872767031 | Publisher : Tufnell Press | Published : London, UK
Youth Transitions and Legacies in an East London Olympic Host Borough (2017-08-09)
In: Cohen, P and Watt, P eds. London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? (pp. 287-309)
ISBN : 978-1-137-48947-0 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London, UK
From bad to worse? Marginalised youth and ‘Road life’ (mis)representations and realities (2016-06-17)
In: Blackman, Shane and Kempson, Michelle eds. The Subcultural Imagination: Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Youth Cultures (pp. 46-62)
ISBN : 9781315730684 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK
What’s a Gang and What’s Race Got to Do With It? (2011-11)
Joseph, I and Gunter, Anthony
Runnymede Trust, https://www.runnymedetrust.org/uploads/publications/pdfs/GangsRevisited(online)-2011.pdf.