Portrait of Dr Tara Young

Dr Tara Young

Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Criminology


Dr Tara Young joined the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research in September 2016, having worked at London Metropolitan University from 2004. Before joining LondonMet, Dr Young was employed as Senior Research Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Dr Young graduated from the University of Bristol West of England with a First Class degree BSc (Hons) in Sociology. She has an MSc in Criminology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD Criminology (by prior output) from London Metropolitan University. 

Research interests

Dr Young has over 15 years’ experience in developing and managing research projects and specialises in social research with ‘hard to reach’ and ‘vulnerable groups’. 

The central focus of her research is on marginalised young people as perpetrators and victims of anti-social behaviour and violent crime. She is interested in the manifestation of the ‘gang’ as a social problem in the UK in the context of an increasingly punitive statutory response to youth crime, and how gang-associated girls and young women formulate their identity, exercise control and power, and avoid victimisation.

Dr Young has also conducted research on mentoring as a strategy for ‘at risk’ young people, crime displacement, sexual violence (including multiple perpetrator rape) and domestic violence. 

Currently, Dr Young is Co-Investigator on an ESRC - funded project (with Dr Susie Hulley at Cambridge University - ES/POO1378/1) examining friendship, violence and legal consciousness within the context of Joint Enterprise.  


Dr Young convenes modules on criminology and criminal justice programme.


Dr Young welcomes PhD proposals in her area of interest. If you wish to study at the University of Kent please email her to discuss further.


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