Grace Robinson


Grace graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2015 with a degree in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice (BSc); and completed a Masters in Criminal Justice in 2016. Grace’s research interests include: gangs, Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines, illicit drug markets and youth crime. Grace is currently undertaking a PhD. Using Merseyside as a case study, she is researching gang-involved young people and Child Criminal Exploitation.

Grace is involved in a number of interventions across Merseyside aimed at reducing gangs and gang crime. She consults with Merseyside Police and is on the board of directors for the Lewis Dunne Foundation (LDF); a charity developed specifically to help young people desist from crime and gang involvement in Merseyside. In 2018, Grace was involved in research commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) highlighting issues of Modern Slavery of British workers in Mallorca.

Grace is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PGCertHE- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • MA Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University


  • CRI1005 Criminology and the Modern World
  • CRI1124 Introduction to Criminological Theory
  • CRI1125 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
  • CRI1017 Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • CRI2028 Youth Justice
  • CRI2222 Doing Criminological Research

Conference Papers

  • Robinson, G. (2017). ‘I wasn’t used, it was a choice’: A case study of gangs and Child Criminal Exploitation in Merseyside. Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities, British Society of Criminology annual conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 3-6 July 2017


  • Robinson, G., McLean, R. and Densley, J. (2018). Working County Lines: Child Criminal Exploitation and Illicit Drug Dealing in Glasgow and Merseyside. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
  • Robinson, G., McLean, R. and Densley, J. (2018). County lines: the dark realities of life for teenage drug runners. The Conversation October 2018
  • McLean, R., Robinson, G. and Densley, J. (2018). The Rise of Drug Dealing in the Life of the North American Street Gang. MDPI Societies, 8, doi:10.3390/soc8030090
  • Robinson, G. (2018). Young gang members also at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. The Conversation 15 January 2018.
  • Robinson, G. (2017). Little Boy Blue and the deadly gangs of Merseyside – then and now. The Conversation 31 May 2017.
  • Robinson, G. (2017). How gangs are exploiting children to do their dirty work. The Conversation 1 February 2017.