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Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Childhood & Youth Studies, The Open University

Dr. Gunter is Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Childhood & Youth Studies at the Open University in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth & Sport (ECYS). Prior to his career in academia Anthony worked for over 14 years in both South and East London, within a variety of community settings, as a detached community and youth worker and Project / Area Manager.

Current research:
Using ethnographic research methods to explore: contemporary urban youth subculture(s) and alternative youth transitions; serious youth violence and the ‘street gang’; youth crime prevention practice and neighbourhood policing; race/ethnicity, crime and justice.


Gunter, A. (2017) Race, Gangs and Youth Violence: Policy, Prevention and Policing, Bristol: Policy Press

Gunter, A. (2010) ‘Growing Up Bad? Road Culture, Badness and Black Youth Transitions in an East London Neighbourhood’, London: Tufnell Press
Journal articles and book chapters
Gunter, A ( 2017) Youth Transitions, Continuities, Legacy (and Change for the Worse?) in One East London 2012 Olympic host borough, P. Cohen and P. Watt Eds, A Hollow Legacy? London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City, London: Palgrave MacMillan

Gunter, A (2016) From Bad to Worse? Youth Perspectives, Identities and ‘Road Life’(styles), in S. Blackman and M. Kempson Eds, The Subcultural Imagination: Theory, Research and Reflexivity in Youth Cultures, London: Routledge
Gunter, A. (2015) ‘Keeping It Real’: The experiences of Black youth beyond Criminal (In)Justice statistics, Criminal Justice Matters, Volume 101, Issue 1
Joseph, I., & Gunter, A. (2011) What’s A Gang and What’s Race Got to Do with It? Politics and Policy into practice, London: Runnymede Trust
Gunter , A., & Watt, P. (2010) Goin’ College, Goin’ Work and Goin’ Road: Youth Cultures and Transitions in East London in R. MacDonald, T. Shildrick, and S. Blackman (eds), Young People, Class and Place, London: Routledge
Gunter , A., & Watt, P. (2009) Goin’ College, Goin’ Work and Goin’ Road: Youth Cultures and Transitions in East London, Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 515-529 (Special Issue: YOUNG PEOPLE, CLASS AND PLACE)
Gunter, A. (Dec, 2008) ‘Growing up bad: black youth, road culture and badness in an East London neighbourhood’, Crime Media Culture, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 349-365.
Gunter, A. (2003), ‘The Trouble With Black (Male) Youth’, Criminal justice Matters No 54.

Conference papers
Gunter, A. (2015) Growing up poor in austerity Britain: multiple deprivation and poor transitions in one super-diverse East London borough, ESA 2015 Conference, Prague – Czech Republic.

Gunter, A. (2014) Street Gangs, Serious Youth Violence and Policing in the UK: The perspectives and experiences of Young People growing up in two poor East London Neighbourhoods, EUSARF 2014 Conference, Copenhagen – Denmark.

Gunter, A. (2014) Policing Dark Others, Challenging Racism and State Violence, University of East London

Gunter, A. (2013) Policing & Urban Youth Violence, Safe Communities & Crime Prevention, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Gunter A. (2011) The Governance of Troublesome Youth Groups in Spaces of Urban Marginality: An East London Case Study, XVI World Congress - International Society for Criminology, Kobe - Japan
Gunter, A. (2011) Road Cultures, Transitions & Young Black Males, Gender, Youth and Urban Neighbourhoods Symposium, Institute of Education, University of London
Gunter, A. (2010) Youth Transitions, Road Culture & Badness: An Ethnographic Study of a Black East London Neighbourhood', Birkbeck Urban Studies Group Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, University of London
Gunter, A (2010) Youth Transitions in East London’s Multi-Ethnic Poor Neighbourhoods: Continuities, Legacy (and Change?) in London’s 2012 Olympic host boroughs, BSA Youth 2010 Conference, University of Surrey

Gunter, A (2010) Youth Exclusion and Urban Crime: ‘Problem’ Youth, Urban Policy and Crime Prevention Practice in the UK, Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm - Sweden

Gunter, A., & Watt, P. (2008) Goin’ College, Goin’ Work and Goin’ Road: Youth Transitions, Culture and Local Opportunity Structures in an East London Neighbourhood, Young People, Class and Place Conference, British Sociological Association Youth Study Group, University of Teesside

Gunter, A (2007) Race(ism), crime & justice: the perennial problem with black British male youth discourses’, British Society of Criminology Conference, London School of Economics



Black youth; youth cultures and transitions; serious youth violence and gangs; race/ethnicity, crime and justice; urban crime; youth work/crime prevention practice; policing multi-ethnic urban neighbourhoods; ethnography.

Teaching and administering modules on the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice and BA Criminology & Law programmes. Anthony is also Programme Leader for the BA Criminology and Law degree and has lead responsibility for Professional Development and employer engagement within the Criminology Subject Area.


BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
BA (Hons) Criminology and Law
BA (Hons) Extended Social Science
Module leader for:

Applied Criminology & Professional Practice
Race/Ethnicity, Crime & Justice
Youth, Crime & Subculture
Work-Based Learning
Also contributes to the following modules:

Perspectives on Race and Racism


  • –present
    Principal Lecturer in Criminology, University of East London