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Mr Ian Joseph



Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Ian maintains an active interest in examining policy impact through service effectiveness by linking his ongoing community-based research and teaching part-time both sociology and social policy plus applied criminology.

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Ian has over 25 years applied/ policy research experience comprising a mix of grounded practice-based teaching, policy-related scholarship, knowledge exchange and co-production through collaborative partnership. He has a wide range of public, university and Third sector policy research experience and undertaken work in conjunction with several organisations including: the Greater London Authority, Metropolitan Police, Youth Justice Board, Wandsworth Prison, Audit Commission, Community Action Network and a number of local authorities. 


Previous studies make extensive use of ethnographic-based participative action research with a special interests in: youth, deviance, race, urban crime, gangs, violence, policing, community development, social exclusion and criminal justice. Much of his previous work has specifically examined policy impact and service effectiveness, with his doctoral research taking this forward by contrasting statutory sector and community-based understanding and service approaches to tackling the UK 'gang'.



  • Joseph, I. (2010) Life on a Knife Edge: a community-based approach to preventing gangs and the wasted potential of Black boys. CM Consulting.
  • Hough, M., Fitzgerald, M., Joseph, I. and Quareshi, T. (2004) Policing for London, London: Willian Publishing.

Book chapters

Joseph, I. and Thompson, N., (forthcoming) Youth Justice and Social Media – problems and possibilities for practice in Social media and social work

Referred Journals

  • Joseph, I. (Forthcoming 2016) Mentoring as effective intervention: a community approach to tackling the problem behaviour of young Black males in a deprived urban area associated with the serious youth violence of "gangs".
  • Interactions in the urban classroom, disengagement and links to 'gang' involvement: the intersect of formal and informal settings. In progress.

Joint Authored

  • Cameron, C., Goodman, A. and Joseph, I. (2013) An Evaluation of the Serious Group Offending Forum: a community-based approach to preventing gangs and serious youth violence. London Probation Trust.
  • Joseph, I. and Gunter, A., (2011) What's a gang and what has race got to do with it? Runnymede Trust.
  • Joseph, I. and Gunter, A., (2010). More Than Mentoring: a rationale and methodology for targeted action in tacking serious youth violence in London. A scoping report. The Greater London Authority, Internal Executive Report.
  • Young, T., FitzGerald, M., Hallsworth, S., Joseph, I. (2007) Groups, Gangs and weapons. Youth Justice Board
  • Joseph, I., Hallsworth, S. and Young, T. (2006) The Group Offending of Young People: a national study of gang activity and youth involvement with weapons and violent crime. Youth Justice Board. Internal Executive Report.
  • Joseph, I. and Bailey, D., (2003) Review of equality and diversity performance. The Audit Commission. Internal Executive Report.
  • Hough, M., Joseph, I. Sweeney, T. (2002) The Metropolitan Police: Londoners attitudes and experiences. Southbank University

Official Public Reports

  • Joseph, I. (2008) The Excellence Agenda: preventing youth crime and gang involvement. Greater London Authority
  • Young, T., FitzGerald, M., Hallsworth, Joseph, I. (2007) Groups, Gangs and weapons. Youth Justice Board.      
  • Joseph, I. (2006) Evaluation the Black Economic Empowerment Programme: enterprise and employment. Employment Focus (UK)
  • Joseph, I. (2004) Evaluation Toolkit. Employment Forum (UK).
  • Joseph, I. (2004) National Development Strategy for Equalities Advocacy: support for BME disabled people and their carers. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Joseph, I. (2002) Substance Misuse Needs Assessment. Southwark Council
  • Joseph, I. (2002) Street Crime in Southwark: a hotspot analysis. The London Borough of Southwark.
  • Joseph, I. (2002) National Evaluation of Millennium Volunteer Scheme. Community Action Network. Internal Executive Report.
  • Joseph, I. (2001) Best Value and Equalities Review. London Borough Tower Hamlets.

Non referred articles

  • Joseph, I. (2003) Race and Regeneration. Race on the Agenda, issue 21, 2003
  • Joseph, I. (2003) Anti-social behaviour: a gateway to crime? Race on the Agenda. Crime and Disorder Supplement, issue 22, October 2003 
  • Joseph, I. (2003) Drugs and gangs: community participation. ARVAC Bulletin, No.90. October 2003

Recent Press citations and media coverage

  • Gangs and serious youth violence. Hansard. Volume 606, 3 March 2016.
  • Myron Tarde and the community grieving a lost generation. Guardian newspaper. 14  April 2016
  • Save our Kids. Anthony Francis. The Sun on Sunday. 12 January 2014
  • Mentoring as Effective Gang Prevention - Zone One Radio interview 26 May 2012
  • Father Absence - International Perspectives Panel webcast 21 May 2012
  • Zero Tolerance to Gang Culture. Guardian newspaper podcast on 18 November 2011
  • Someone Else's Problem. Méabh Richie Times Education Supplement 21 May 2011
  • Capital Role Models Give Boys Direction. Camilla Pemberton Community Care 26 August 2010
  • Black Boys Mentored. Tom de Castella Children and Young People Now 1-7 June 2010
  • Youth gun crime and gangs. Radio Five Live, 3 November 2003
  • Gangs, guns and youth involvement Sky News, 15 July 2003
  • Into the underworld: Race and Regeneration. Regeneration and Renewal, July 2003
  • Criminal Captains of Commerce. Hugh Muir. The Guardian Newspaper 20 June 2003


Ian's training and early career as a secondary school sociology/ geography has provided practical classroom experience that has allowed him to not only bring innovative effective pedagogic practice to other areas of his formal and informal teaching but has helped support his research. Recent studies while teaching in secondary schools, youth clubs, community organisations or as a mentor has directly informed his university lecturing.