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Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Edge Hill University

Dr Sean Creaney is a Criminologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK.

His research interests include service user involvement, the tension and interplay between risk and participation in youth justice, young people’s experiences of supervision and Bourdieu’s theory of practice/analytical tools. Dr Creaney’s PhD thesis was a Bourdieusian analysis of children’s participation in decision-making and assessment in youth justice. He is a member of the Safer Communities editorial advisory board. He was awarded Outstanding Paper in both the 2015 and 2021 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

He was previously a Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice where he campaigned for a child friendly youth justice and advocated the establishment of a rights-based statutory framework. He is currently an advisor at social justice charity Peer Power an organisation rooted in the promotion of empathy. At Peer Power he works with those most excluded and not heard in society, often with experiences of social care and youth justice agencies.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Edge Hill University