Before taking up the position of Professor of Criminology and Public Safety at UTT, Kevin Haines was Professor of Criminology and Youth Justice, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea, co-ordinator of the Youth Crime and Social Justice network of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice. He is a member of the European Council for Juvenile Justice and a former member of the Welsh Youth Justice Advisory Panel, YJB Cymru's Practice Development Panel the YJB's Classification Panel and the Howard League's Research Advisory Group.
Kevin's research has focused on putting the child back into youth justice. This can be traced back to his book (with Mark Drakeford) 'Young People and Youth Justice' (1998), through 'Understanding Youth Offending: Risk Factor Research, Policy and Practice' (2009 with Stephen Case), to his current book (with Stephen Case) 'Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second' and over 40 related articles and book chapters.
He was a joint winner (with S. Case, shared with Professors Leslie McAra and Susan McVie, Edinburgh University) of the Howard League's Research Medal in 2013 for his work on the Bureau model of diversion from the youth justice system, now adopted across Wales.