Dr Suzella Palmer

Lecturer in Applied Social Studies

Suzella Palmer

I have been teaching at the University of Bedfordshire Since 2003 and have taught on a wide range of topics including social research methods, criminological/social theory, youth justice, serious youth violence and ‘race’, crime and justice at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Outside of my academic role, I work closely with, support and advise a number of community groups and organisations that provide interventions and support for young people and families whose lives are impacted by structural disadvantage and serious youth violence.

Other References

Research Interests

  • Serious youth violence interventions
  • ‘Race’ ethnicity and the criminal justice system
  • Black communities and policing
  • ‘Race’, class and issues of social justice


  • Palmer, S. (2020) “Changing Perceptions of the Mental Health and Vulnerability of Young Gang Members”, Compass, the Annual Guide to Social work and Social Care, 20th edition.
  • Osidipe, T. and Palmer, S. (2019) “Serious Youth Violence in Britain: Is the Public Health Approach the Solution?” British Society of Criminology Newsletter, Number 84, Winter 2019.
  • Palmer, S (2017) ‘Yet Another Report on Black People in The Criminal (In)Justice System)’ The Huffington Post, 11/09/2017.
  • Palmer, S. (2013) ‘Black perspectives on Race, Crime and Justice' in Webster, C. and Phillips. C. New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime, London: Routledge.
  • Palmer, S. (2012) 'Dutty Babylon': policing Black communities and the politics of resistance.’ Criminal Justice Matters - The August Riots, Volume 87, Issue 1, p. 26-27.
  • Palmer, S. (2009) ‘The origins and emergence of youth 'gangs' in a British inner-city neighbourhood,’ Safer Communities, vol.8, p. 17-26.
  • Palmer, S. and Pitts, J., (2006) ‘'Othering' the Brothers: Black Youth, Racial Solidarity and Gun Crime,’ Youth and Policy, no. 91, p. 5-22.

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T: +44 (0)1582 743 423
E: suzella.palmer@beds.ac.uk


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