Dr Rachel Vipond

BA (Hons) Criminology (Lancaster University), MRes Criminology (Lancaster University), Certificate of Achievement in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Supported Learning Programme) (Lancaster University), PhD (Lancaster University)

  • Lecturer
  • SPSW Careers and Employability Co-ordinator

Visit Dr Rachel Vipond's profile on the York Research Database to see a full list of publications and browse her research related activities.



Areas of Expertise

  • Youth Justice 
  • Risk and Professional Decision Making
  • Probation and Youth Offending Team Practices
  • Gender and Crime (specifically girls and crime)
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Prisons and Prison Policy

Brief Biography

I completed my PhD (at Lancaster University) in June 2015. It is an interdisciplinary ethnographic research project exploring risk in the youth justice system. It involved 14 months of fieldwork at several youth offending teams across the north of England collecting different types of data including interview data and observational fieldnotes exploring how the Scaled Approach (a risk based policy) has impacted on the youth justice system.

Between 2013 and 2016, I was the Co-Chair of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Postgraduate Committee. The Postgraduate Committee is a sub-committee of the BSC and comprises research students and academic staff from universities across the UK. I have recently been elected the Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology, a position which will allow for me to keep supporting the work of the society. I am also a member of the BSC Youth Criminology/Youth Justice Network and the Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network.

I have a number of years' teaching experience on a range of courses which focus on criminological theory and its application as well as research methods. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Focus

  • Youth Justice,
  • Criminological Theory
  • Prisons
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Recent Publications


Morris, R (2015) 'Youth Justice Practice is Just Messy' Youth Offending Team Practitioners: Culture and Identity’, British Journal of Community Justice, 13 (2), 45-57.

Morris, R (2012) Book Review: Foundations for Offender Management: Theory, Law and Policy for Contemporary Practice, Youth Justice, 12 (1), 79-80. o Morris, R (2011) Book Review: Assessment in Youth Justice, British Journal of Social Work, 41 (5), 1007-10009.

Morris, R (2011) Book Review: Assessment in Youth Justice, British Journal of Social Work, 41 (5), 1007-10009.

Conference Papers

‘Bloody Scaled Approach: Its Just a Load of Nonsense’ Practitioner Reflections on the Scaled Approach to Youth Justice presented at the 2015 British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Criminology Voyages of Discovery at Plymouth University.

‘Did Fools Rush In? Youth Justice, the Scaled Approach and the Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm’ presented at the 2014 British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Crime, Justice, Welfare: Can the Metropole Listen? At Liverpool University. 

'Methodological Dilemmas- A Plenary Session’ presented at the 2013 British Society of Criminology Annual Conference: Criminology on Trial at Wolverhampton University.


Contact details

Dr Rachel Vipond

Tel: 01904 32 1226