I am a critical and radical criminologist, known primarily for my work on youth crime and policing from an international perspective.
I regularly produce research insights into these issues which prioritise the voices of those who are often excluded marginalised, and which emerge as a result of strong and mutually supportive academic/police partnerships.
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’:
‘Ross Deuchar provides a textured and compelling account of youth violence, unravelling the unique and common causes that lead impoverished teens—White in Scotland, African American in the United States—to victimize in lethal ways. He also shows, however, that this violence is not intractable but, through criminologically sound and supportive interventions, can be diminished—and the futures of troubled youngsters rescued. Carefully researched and accessibly written, this volume is both essential reading for scholars and ideal for classroom use’ – Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor: University of Cincinnati
‘The policing of gang activity in the West of Scotland has never been easy. Police Scotland has had to look at new and innovative ways to impact on this type of territorial and recreational violence and evidence based academic research has been used by the police to maximise our effectiveness. 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, Licensing and Violence Reduction Division: Police Scotland
‘Cross-national comparative research is rare in criminology. Ross Deuchar’s “Policing Youth Violence”, which examines innovative initiatives in Cincinnati and Glasgow aimed at reducing youthful criminality, is particularly to be welcomed therefore. 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
‘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. Ross’s book shows how, on both sides of the Atlantic, thinking in effective violence harm reduction has moved on from the ‘masculinization’ of a response to crime to where a truly holistic and multi-agency approach can deliver real change.’ - Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, Greater Manchester Police
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)