Dr Richard Peake

Dr Richard Peake


The prison system, particularly long-term prisoners and the private sector.

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.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research interests

My research interests are in the prison system, particularly long-term prisoners and the private sector. 

I am one of the founding members of the new Centre for Innovation & Research in Legal Education (CIRLE) within the School of Law, which seeks to improve education in law, criminology and criminal justice.  I am currently researching how the transition from college to university can be improved for students who come to study at degree level from non-traditional A-level routes.

I am currently producing a MOOC (Massive Online Open Content) on prisons and punishment, available to all on the Future Learn platform from January 2019

<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>

Student education

I teach Crime, Inequality and Social Issues in year one, which introduces students to the link between inequalities, social exclusion and crime.  At level two, I deliver Youth Crime and Justice and at level three Penology and Contemporary Imprisonment.

I also deliver a crime module at level zero, a foundation year for aspiring students in preparation for degree level study and an important part of the university's Widening Participation strategy.

Research groups and institutes

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