Dr Richard Peake
- Position: Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Areas of expertise: The prison system, particularly long-term prisoners and the private sector. Probation and offender supervision. Youth justice.
- Email: R.Peake@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 8261
- Location: 2.03 Liberty Building
The prison system, particularly long-term prisoners and the private sector. Probation and offender supervision. Youth justice.
Following a 23 year career as an Intelligence Officer in the RAF, I attended Hull University from 1999, where I was awarded a BA (Hons) in Social Policy and Criminology (first class) and completed a PhD in 2008.
During this time, I taught at the Universities of Hull and Sunderland and took up my current post at Leeds in 2006. I worked as a research officer at Cardiff University in 2004, studying prisoner resettlement.
My academic interests are in the prison system, particularly long-term prisoners and the private sector, probation and youth justice.
I released a two week course, a MOOC (Massive Online Open Content) on prisons and punishment, available to all (at no cost) on the Future Learn platform since November 2019. Find out more.
I am one of the founding members of the Centre for Innovation & Research in Legal Education (CIRLE) within the School of Law, which seeks to improve education in law, criminology and criminal justice. In this role, I have researched the problematic transition to Higher Education of non A-level students (particularly BTEC students) and how we may improve this (read the article published in an international higher education journal (LATISS))
I have also published a blog article about recognising the differences in student routes into Higher Education on the British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network webpage.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- British Society of Criminology
- Higher Education Academy Fellow
I teach Crime, Inequality and Social Issues (LAW1166) in year one, which introduces students to the link between inequalities, social exclusion and crime. At level two, I deliver a discovery module -Youth Crime and Justice (LAW2420) and at level three Penology (LAW3136) and Contemporary Imprisonment (LAW3137).
I also deliver a crime module at level zero (SLSP0110), a foundation year for students in preparation for degree level study and a very important part of the Faculty and the University's Widening Participation strategy.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
- Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education