I am a Scottish criminologist and scholar of youth and educational studies, known primarily for my work on youth gangs, masculinity, street culture and violence and also on violence prevention strategies such as detached and pastoral streetwork, early intervention, participatory and democratic education and problem-oriented policing.
I constantly strive to include the excluded, and regularly produce research insights which prioritise the voices of the most disadvantaged in our society. I have worked with some of the most marginalised young people in the West of Scotland on the streets and in youth clubs, schools, secure accommodation and prisons, and have also engaged in participant observation of frontline police practice and street advocacy and youth work in both the United States of America and Scotland. I frequently engage in voluntary street work with youth work agencies in some of the most socially deprived neighbourhoods in Glasgow as well as regularly shadowing police operations in high crime communities in Scotland.
I am the author of the highly acclaimed book, Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital (2009, Trentham) and the newly published Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections (2013, Trentham, IOE Press).
In March 2010, I was runner-up for the Economic and Social Research Council’s prestigious Michael Young Prize in recognition of my research into gang culture in the West of Scotland.
Acclaim for ‘Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections’:
‘This work makes an important contribution to our knowledge on CIRV, but also on desistance, partnership working and policing methods.’ – Dr Simon Harding, Middlesex University (2014).
‘Carefully researched and accessibly written, this volume is both essential reading for scholars and ideal for classroom use.’ - Professor Francis Cullen, University of Cincinnati (2013).
The work by Professor Deuchar has been central to the development of our successful strategy and I would recommend this book to all who have an interest in this type of law enforcement work.’ – Chief Superintendent Robert Hamilton, formerly of Police Scotland (2013).
Innovative in approach and wide-ranging in scope, this book will be of huge interest to scholars of policing, youth crime, gangs and desistance.’ – Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics (2013).
‘Ross Deucher tells a fascinating tale of two different cities which share a desire to reduce the harm caused by violence, clearly illustrating how a sound criminological understanding can really aid modern day policing.’ – Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Greater Manchester Police (2013).
Acclaim for ‘Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital’:
‘A timely and important book. Its stated aim – to challenge the commonly-held view that young people are offensive, troublesome and threatening – is to an extent achieved. What a reader is left with is a sense of Deuchar’s curiosity about a frequently stigmatized group and abiding sense that something not only can be done but should be done’ – Runnymede Bulletin (2009).
’If you are looking for a book that focuses on solutions to the “gang problem” and how to re-engage marginalised, disenfranchised young people, then this book will be of value… Deuchar is skilled at interviewing young people and he presents the accounts of those in his sample with empathy and a clear commitment to defending their corner’ – Times Higher Education Supplement (2010).
‘For students involved in education, community learning and development and social work in particular, this work would provide valuable insight into the processes which influence both positive and negative behaviour within an urban context’ – Scottish Educational Review (2010).
‘An accessible and interesting read for a practitioner audience (and) also of use for academics interested in gangs and social capital’ – Youth Justice: An International Journal (2010).
‘What is refreshing about this book is that it manages to sidestep the well-trodden path to urban dystopia depicted as being a product of the interactions between supposedly degenerate youth and an unresponsive and impotent government … “Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital” contributes towards a welcome and thankfully growing body of literature that seeks to explore the views of young people in their own words’ – Probation Journal (2010).