Dr Patricia Gray
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Dr Patricia Gray

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Patricia can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Criminal justice
  • Youth justice
  • Youth crime
  • Women and criminal justice
  • Penal policy

Patricia Gray was a Reader in Criminology and  Criminal Justice . She joined the University of Plymouth in 1998 and previously worked at the University of Hong Kong.

Qualifications

Patricia graduated with an MA (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Applied Social Studies (incorporating a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work) from the University of Warwick . She was awarded a PhD in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bristol . After completing her undergraduate degree, Patricia worked as a Social Worker in Glasgow for four years. Her work mainly centred on interventions with young offenders. She then went to Hong Kong where she taught at the Hong Kong Baptist University and the University of Hong Kong before joining the University of Plymouth in 1998.

Professional membership

Patricia is a member of the Youth Criminology/Youth Justice network of the British Society of Criminology, the Juvenile Justice Thematic Working Group of the European Society of Criminology; the British Society of Criminology Women, Crime and Criminal Justice network and  the Howard League for Penal Reform. She set up the Howard League Student Society at Plymouth University in 2011.


Roles on external bodies

Reviewer for Research Councils:

 a. External reviewer for the Research Grants Council (equivalent to the ESRC in UK) in Hong Kong since 2008.

 b. Reviewer for the Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) in UK since 2010.

 c. Reviewer for Nuffield Foundation research since 2019.

 External Examination and Consultancy:

 a. External Examiner for the undergraduate Criminology Programme at Queens University Belfast (2017-present).

 b. External Examiner for 3 successful PhD Awards at the Universities of Lancaster (2018), Liverpool (2017) and Southampton Solent (2016).

 Article Reviewer:

 Patricia has reviewed for the following journals: Punishment and Society; European Journal of Criminology; Youth Justice: An International Journal; Policy and Politics; Crime Prevention and Community Safety; Asian Journal of Criminology; Journal of Youth Studies; Contemporary Social Science; The Journal of Social Policy; European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research; Hong Kong Journal of Social Work; International Journal of Rural Crime; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Children and Youth Services Review; Howard Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Book Reviewer for Routledge Publishing, Howard Journal, Policy Press, and International Journal of Social Work Education.

Teaching interests

Patricia taught in four areas on the Criminology and Criminal Justice undergraduate programme, namely youth criminology and youth justice; comparative youth justice; penal theory and policy ; and gender and criminal justice. She also taught on the Masters Degree in Criminology  and is the Director of Studies for several postgraduate students, three of whom have recently successfully obtained PhDs.

Staff serving as external examiners

Patricia is an External Examiner for the Criminology programme at Queens University Belfast and External Reviewer for the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong. She has also acted as the External Examiner for 3 successful PhD Awards in recent years.


Research interests

Patricia's main research interests are in the areas of youth criminology and youth justice; comparative youth justice; penality and the governance of crime; risk, social exclusion and social justice; restorative justice; desistance, harm, rehabilitation and imprisonment; gender and criminal justice; and socio-legal issues. 

She is currently engaged in two research projects which address the interrelationship between penality and political economy. The first which has been ongoing since 2016 maps and interrogates the restructuring of youth penality as part of the neoliberal socio-economic and political project. The second explores how the prevailing neoliberal penal culture impacts on the rehabilitation process in British prisons. Both have resulted in several publications in refereed journals. See research reports below and publications.


Recent Research Reports:

Gray, P., Hanley Santos, G., Jalili Idrissi, A. and Kennedy, C. (2020) Dartmoor Dialogues: An Exploration of Dartmoor’s Journey Towards Becoming an Integrated Prison Underpinned by Restorative Practices Through the Eyes of Key Stakeholders. Plymouth: University of Plymouth.

Gray, P., Simmonds,L. and Annison, J. (2016) The Resettlement of Women Offenders: Learning the Lessons. Plymouth: VSF Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall PCC, Lankelly Chase and University of Plymouth. http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/9239

Gray, P. (2014) Youth Offending Team Partnerships and the Social Context of Youth Crime. Plymouth: University of Plymouth. https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/9007

 


 

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Haines K, Case S, Smith R, Joe Laidler K, Hughes N, Webster C, Goddard T, Deakin J, Johns D & Richards K 2020 'Children and Crime: In the Moment' Youth Justice 147322542092376-147322542092376 , DOI Open access
Gray P & Smith R 2019 'Governance Through Diversion in Neoliberal Times and the Possibilities for Transformative Social Justice' Critical Criminology , DOI Open access
Gray P & Smith R 2019 'Shifting Sands: The reconfiguration of neoliberal youth penality' Theoretical Criminology: an international journal 0, (0) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Smith R & Gray P 2018 'The Changing Shape of Youth Justice: Models of Practice' Criminology and Criminal Justice , DOI Open access
Gray P 2016 ''Child friendly' international human rights standards and youth offending team partnerships' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW CRIME AND JUSTICE 45, 59-74 Author Site , DOI Open access
Gray P 2013 'Assemblages of penal governance, social justice and youth justice partnerships' Theoretical Criminology 17, (4) 516-533 , DOI
Gray P 2011 'Youth custody, resettlement and the right to social justice' Youth Justice: An International Journal 11, (3) 235-249 , DOI
Gray P 2009 'The political economy of risk and the new governance of youth crime' Punishment and Society: The International Journal of Penology 11, (4) 443-458 , DOI
Gray P 2007 'Youth justice, social exclusion and the demise of social justice' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46, (4) 401-416 , DOI
Gray P 2006 'Women's experiences of incarceration in Hong Kong: Doing time, doing choice, doing class-gender-culture' INT J SOCIOL LAW 34, (2) 89-104 , DOI
Gray P 2005 'The politics of risk and young offenders' experiences of social exclusion and restorative justice' BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY 45, (6) 938-957 , DOI
Gray P 1999 'Community corrections and the experiences of young male offenders in the Hong Kong youth justice system' JOURNAL OF SOCIAL POLICY 28, (4) 577-594
Gray P 1998 'Sovereignty and youth justice' Journal of Youth Studies 1, 23-34
Gray P 1997 'Deconstructing the delinquent as a subject of class and cultural power' J LAW SOC 24, (4) 526-551 , DOI
Gray P 1997 'The emergence of the disciplinary welfare sanction in Hong Kong' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 36, (2) 187-208 , DOI
Gray P 1996 'The struggle for juvenile justice in Hong Kong 1932-1995' Hong Kong Law Journal 26, (3) 301-320
Chapters
Gray P 2019 '‘Rights-Based’ and ‘Children and Young People First’ Approaches to Youth Justice' in Pamela Ugwudike, Hannah Graham, Fergus McNeill, Peter Raynor, Faye S Taxman, Chris Trotter The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice London Routledge 743-754 Open access
Gray P 2016 'Review of Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship by Michael Adorjan and Wing Hong Chui' , DOI
Gray P 2015 'Review of Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship by Michael Adorjan and Wing Hong Chu' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 539-540 , DOI
Gray P 2015 'Youth Justice' British Society of Criminology Newsletter. Number 76 12-15
Gray PM 2012 'Women’s Experiences of Incarceration in Hong Kong: Doing Time, Doing Choice, Doing Class-Gender-Culture' in Walklate S Gender and Crime Routledge
Gray P 2010 'Social exclusion and criminal justice policies' in Herzog-Evans M Transnational Criminology Manual Netherlands International Courts Assoc/ Wolf Legal Publishers 333-352
Gray P 2010 'Challenging the individualised approach to young people's resettlement needs' Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin 11-14
Gray P 2008 'Entries on Gatekeeping, Just Deserts and Recidivism' in Goldson B The Dictionary of Youth Justice Cullompton Willan
Gray P 2005 'Community Interventions' in Bateman T; Pitts J The RHP Companion to Youth Justice Lyme Regis Russell House 130-136
Gray P 1991 'Juvenile Crime and Disciplinary Welfare' in Vagg J; Traver H Crime and Justice in Hong Kong Hong Kong Oxford University Press 25-41
Reports
Gray P, Hanley Santos G, Jalili Idrissi A & Kennedy C 2020 Dartmoor Dialogues: An Exploration of Dartmoor’s Journey Towards Becoming an Integrated Prison Underpinned by Restorative Practices Through the Eyes of Key Stakeholders.
Gray P, Hanley Santos G, Jalili Idrissi A & Kennedy C 2020 Dartmoor Dialogues: An Exploration of HMP Dartmoor’s Journey Towards Becoming an Integrated Prison Underpinned by Restorative Practices. Plymouth University of Plymouth Open access
Gray PM, Simmonds L & Annison J 2016 The resettlement of women offenders: learning the lessons: a research project focusing on the experience of the female offender. Open access
Gray P 2013 Youth Offending Team Partnerships and the Social Context of Youth Crime. Devon Youth Offending Service Plymouth University of Plymouth Open access
Conference Papers

Gray P 2019 'The Reality of Diversion, Neoliberal Statecraft and Transformative Youth Justice' European Society of Criminology Conference, Ghent, Belgium
Gray P 2018 'Imaginary Rehabilitative Imprisonment in Neoliberal Times' European Society of Criminology Conference, Sarajevo
Gray P, Carr N, Dwyer C, McAlister S & Smith R 2018 'Delusion of Difference: Devolved Youth Justice' European Society of Criminology Conference, Sarajevo
Gray P 2017 'Invited Plenary Panel Member' National Association of Youth Justice ‘Child Friendly Youth Justice’ Conference, Cambridge University
Gray P & Smith R 2017 'Beyond Governance: Toward a Critical Realist Analytic of Youth Penality' British Society of Criminology Conference, Sheffield Hallam University
Gray P & Smith R 2016 'Shifting Sands: The Restructuring of Youth Justice and Neoliberal Penality' European Society of Criminology Conference, Muenster, Germany
Gray P, Carr N, Case S & Phoenix J 2015 'Current Challenges Facing Youth Justice. Roundtable Discusssion' British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Plymouth
Gray P 2014 'International Standards and Youth Offending Team Partnerships: Upholding the social rights of young people in conflict with the law' British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool
Gray PM, Blagg H & Smith R 2013 'Mapping Restorative Justice: Contested Political, Cultural and Local Practices' Howard League What is Justice? Re-imagining Penal Policy Conference, Keble College, Oxford University Keble College, Oxford University 0-/-1/20130-/-1/2013
Gray P 2012 'Assemblages of Penal Governance, Social Justice and Youth Justice Partnerships' European Society of Criminology Conference Bilbao, Spain 9-/-0/20129-/-0/2012
Gray PM 2011 'The Significance and Hidden Dilemmas of Restorative Justice for Youth Justice in England and Wales' Department of Health and Social Care, Open University Milton Keynes, England 0-/-1/20110-/-1/2011
Gray P 2011 'The Failure of the Social and Resolving Strategic Dilemmas in Youth Justice Partnerships' European Society of Criminology Conference Vilnius, Lithuania 9-/-0/20119-/-0/2011
Gray PM 2011 'Youth Custody, Resettlement and the Right to Social Justice: Implementing the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child' Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong 6-/-0/20116-/-0/2011
Gray P 2008 'Youth Custody and Social Exclusion: The Socio-Political Constitution of Resettlement' British Society of Criminology Conference University of Huddersfield 7-/-0/20087-/-0/2008
Gray P 2007 'Youth Justice and the Political Economy of Risk' European Society of Criminology Conference, University of Bologna
Internet Publications