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Dr. Faith Gordon joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2016.  

Faith is the Director of the interdisciplinary Youth Justice Network.  This interdisciplinary Youth Justice Network aims to tap into this increasing interest in contemporary youth issues and to open and facilitate national and international communication in this field.  The focus of the network is grounded in producing evidence-based research informed by the voices of children, young people and their advocates. 

Previously, Faith taught at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster in the areas of: criminal justice, criminal law; criminal process; crime and disorder; evidence; gender and the media; youth justice; media representations and research methods.

Faith was a Research Fellow and Post-doctoral researcher working in the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative on the ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Project entitled: Identifying and challenging the negative media representation of children and young people in Northern Ireland.  Include Youth and the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative were lead partners on the project and their established working relationship was committed to knowledge and skills transfer between academic researchers and community-based practitioners.

In December 2012, Faith completed a PhD in the School of Law, Queen’s University entitled: A Critical Analysis of Print Media Representation of Children and Young People during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland. Faith also holds a MSSc in Criminology (with Distinction), a LL.B. Law with Politics from the School of Law, Queen’s University, and a Teacher’s Diploma in Speech and Drama from New Era Academy London. Faith’s undergraduate research project, Children’s Rights in a Media Culture, was awarded the Northern Ireland Law Society Prize and her research on moral panics, children and transitioning societies was awarded the Stan Cohen Assisted Conference place.

Faith has also been a Research Assistant on a number of research projects including work for the Hillsborough Independent Panel; research on ageing prisoners; research on prisoner’s rights.  Faith was the recipient of a funded place on the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘Engaging with the Government Programme’ at the Institute for Government, London.

Faith was appointed in January 2015 and is an active Trustee for Headliners UK.  She is also an active member of a variety of networks including the Interdisciplinary Research Group on ‘Youth, Conflict and Justice’, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast; Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster, De Montfort University, Leicester; Northern Ireland Section of the British Society of Criminology.

Faith's Twitter profile is: @Dr_FaithG

Faith's research and work can also be followed on Academia.edu; SSRN and Research Gate.

The YJN can be followed on: @YouthJusticeNet and www.youthjusticenetwork.com 

Anyone interested in joining the Youth Justice Network, please e-mail: [email protected]

At the University of Westminster, Faith will be teaching the following modules:

5CRIM05 Youth, Crime and Justice (Semester 1)

4CRIM006W Researching Crime and Justice (Semester 1)

4CRIM001W The Criminological Imagination (Semester 1)

5CRIM001W Radical Criminology (Semester 2)

4CRIM003W Controversies in Criminal Justice (Semester 2)

4CRIM001W The Criminological Imagination (Semester 2)

Faith will also be supervising Undergraduate Dissertations.

Faith is currently working on her first sole-authored monograph (Palgrave Macmillan, Socio-Legal Series) which is derived in primary research she conducted in Northern Ireland over the last decade.  This research explored the significance of media coverage of children and young people in a society experiencing transition from three decades of violent conflict. 

Faith is the Director of the interdisciplinary Youth Justice Network.  This interdisciplinary Youth Justice Network aims to tap into this increasing interest in contemporary youth issues and to open and facilitate national and international communication in this field.  The focus of the network is grounded in producing evidence-based research informed by the voices of children, young people and their advocates. 

Faith is also currently working with former colleagues from Queen’s University on a number of research projects, including on a joint research project in the area of law and emotion with Dr. John Stannard and a research project on older victims of crime and crime clearance rates (commissioned by the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland), with Dr. Kevin Brown.  

Faith's research can be followed on Twitter; Academia.edu; SSRN and Research Gate.

2016

Comment: When words can do damage (2016)
Gordon, F. 2016. Comment: When words can do damage. The View. 37, p. 26.
Publication of children’s images, privacy and Article 8: judgment in the matter of An Application by JR38 for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2015] UKSC 42 (2016)
Gordon, F. 2016. Publication of children’s images, privacy and Article 8: judgment in the matter of An Application by JR38 for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2015] UKSC 42. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. 67 (2), pp. 257-261.

2010

Book Review: Charles Krinsky (ed.), Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth. Surrey: Ashgate, 2008 (2010)
Gordon, F. 2010. Book Review: Charles Krinsky (ed.), Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth. Surrey: Ashgate, 2008. Media, Culture & Society. 32 (3), pp. 533-535.
Book Review: Louise North, The Gendered Newsroom: How Journalists Experience the Changing World of Media, Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009 (2010)
Gordon, F. 2010. Book Review: Louise North, The Gendered Newsroom: How Journalists Experience the Changing World of Media, Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009. Journalism. 11 (3), pp. 377-379.
Book Review: Marissa Sandler and Deborah Coles, Dying on the Inside: Examining Women’s Deaths in Prison, Inquest, 2008; 192pp (2010)
Gordon, F. 2010. Book Review: Marissa Sandler and Deborah Coles, Dying on the Inside: Examining Women’s Deaths in Prison, Inquest, 2008; 192pp. Punishment and Society. 12 (4), pp. 507-510.

2015

Research Findings published in ‘Truth about Youth: Issues relating to the media and to policing’. ARK Northern Ireland Policy Brief (2015)
Gordon, F. 2015. Research Findings published in ‘Truth about Youth: Issues relating to the media and to policing’. ARK Northern Ireland Policy Brief. OFMDFM, University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast.

2012

A Critical Analysis of the Print Media Representation of Children and Young People during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland (2012)
Gordon, F. 2012. A Critical Analysis of the Print Media Representation of Children and Young People during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland. PhD thesis Queen's University Belfast School of Law

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