Dr Richard Peake

Dr Richard Peake


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.

I have also published in the area of student education and equality, looking particularly at students from non-traditional backgrounds and with non-traditional entry qualifications.

Research interests

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>

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow

Student education

I teach Crime, Inequality and Social Issues introducing students to the link between inequalities, social exclusion and crime, Justice and Penology


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education