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Suzella Palmer

Lecturer in Applied Social Studies

Suzella Palmer

I began studying at the Luton campus in 1999 as a mature student. Although I enrolled to study Psychology, I found myself particularly drawn to the option units in Criminology and eventually graduated with a BA in Criminology.  Having discovered my passion in this area, I decided to stay on and continue my studies by embarking on a PhD. 

I enjoy teaching and researching all aspects of criminology, although I have a particular interest in issues around ethnicity, crime and justice. 

My research interests include gangs and serious youth violence, young Black males and crime, policing and Black communities and Youth Justice, and for my PhD, I conducted a cross-generational study exploring the experiences of and attitudes towards crime and crime control amongst Black residents from an inner city neighbourhood.


  • Palmer, S. and Pitts, J. (2006) ‘'Othering' the brothers: black youth, racial solidarity and gun crime,’ Youth and Policy, No. 91, p. 5-22.
  • Palmer, S. (2009) ‘The origins and emergence of youth 'gangs' in a British inner-city neighbourhood,’ Safer Communities, Vol.8, p. 17-26.

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