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Dr Anthony Gunter

Profile summary

Professional biography

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.

Research interests

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.


Teaching interests

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.

Impact and engagement

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 (2015-09-21)
Gunter, Anthony
Criminal Justice Matters, 101(1) (pp. 14-17)

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 (2008-12)
Gunter, Anthony
Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 4(3) (pp. 349-366)

The Trouble with Black (Male) Youth (2003)
Gunter, Anthony
Criminal Justice Matters, 54(1) (pp. 22-23)

Race, Gangs and Youth Violence: Policy, Prevention and Policing (2017-02-15)
Gunter, Anthony
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)
Gunter, Anthony
ISBN : 9781872767031 | Publisher : Tufnell Press | Published : London, UK

Youth Transitions and Legacies in an East London Olympic Host Borough (2017-08-09)
Gunter, Anthony
In: Cohen, Phil and Watt, Paul 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)
Gunter, Anthony
In: Blackman, Shane and Kempson, Michelle eds. The Subcultural Imagination: Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Youth Cultures. Youth, Young Adulthood and Society (pp. 46-62)
ISBN : 9781315730684 / 9781138484931 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London, UK

What’s a Gang and What’s Race Got to Do With It? (2011-11)
Joseph, Ian and Gunter, Anthony
Runnymede Trust