Dr Eleanor Peters


Dr Eleanor Peters is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She graduated from the University of Central England with BA (Hons) Sociology and has a PhD from the University of Bristol. She has worked for many years as a researcher in the voluntary sector and in local government. She is the author or co-author of a number of publications on youth justice, parenting, social care issues and drug use. Eleanor has recently evaluated the impact of Parenting Orders delivered by a voluntary organisation and is currently working on publications related to this research. Eleanor is currently researching the connection between music and crime.


  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Central England, 1993
  • PhD – ‘Young Women’s Health & Well-being’, University of Bristol, 1997


  • CRI2106 Youth Justice
  • CRI 2028 Youth Justice
  • CRI3104 Justice, Rights and the State

Research Interests

  • Parenting & Families
  • Youth Justice
  • Music and Crime


  • Peters, E. (2019) The use and abuse of music: Criminal Records. Bingley: Emerald.
  • Peters, E. (2017) Criminal Records: The use and abuse of music. Papers from the British Criminology Conference proceedings. Volume 17.
  • Davies, J.T. & Peters, E. (2014), Relationships between Gatekeepers and Researchers: The Experience of Conducting Evaluations into Parenting Programmes in Community and Penal Settings, in Lumsden, K. & Winter, A. (eds.), Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless, Palgrave Macmilllan.
  • Peters, E. (2013), ‘The Weight of My Words’: The Role of Confession and Surveillance in Parenting Programmes, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 34:4.
  • Peters, E. (2012), ‘Social Work and Social Control in the Third Sector: Re-Educating Parents in the Voluntary Sector. Practice: Social Work in Action,  24, 4.
  • Peters, E. (2012), ‘I Blame the Mother’: Educating Parents and the Gendered Nature of Parenting Orders’, Gender and Education, 24.1.
  • Peters, E. (2007), ‘Evaluation of the work of Barnardo’s within Sure Starts Hyde and Ashton’, Barnardo’s.
  • Peters, E. et al. (2004), ‘Drug Use among Refugees and Asylum Seekers Using the Rapid Assessment and Response Method (RAR)’, in ‘Search II: Materials for Drug Prevention for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Illegal Immigrants’, Munster: LWL.
  • Moore, S. & Peters, E. (2003), ‘Beacon of Hope: Children and Young People on Remand’, The Children’s Society.
  • Peters, E. (2001) ‘Being Cool as a Social Imperative: Young Women’s Resistance to Health Promotion Messages about Physical Exercise’, in Clough, S. and White, J. (eds.) ‘Women’s Leisure Experiences: Ages, Stages and Roles’, Brighton, Leisure Studies Association.
  • Goldson, B. & Peters, E. (2000), ‘Tough Justice: Responding to Children in Trouble’, The Children’s Society.
  • Peters E. et al. (2000) ‘Perceptions of Flexible Training in Medicine’ Hospital Medicine,  61(2)129-32.
  • Morris, K., Woodward, D. & Peters, E. (1998) ‘Whose Side Are You on?: Dilemmas in Conducting Feminist Research with Young Women’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 1:3: 217-30.

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