Professor Hunter has been involved in the extensive empirical study of the experiences of young people with regard to peer-victimisation and violence. He has collaborated with Scotland's anti-bullying service RespectMe and with Police Scotland's Violence Reduction Unit on this work.
Additionally, Professor Hunter has also focused on young people's electronic screen use, including a world-leading longitudinal cohort study of associations in the fields of psychological and social wellbeing conducted in collaboration with Professor Stephen Houghton at the University of Western Australia. Also with Professor Houghton, he is currently involved in two separate project relating to loneliness among children and young people, the first being the development of a gamified prevention programme and the second seeking to understand the trajectories of loneliness among young people with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Finally, Professor Hunter collaborates with the Mental Health Foundation, particularly in relation to their mental health stigma work. This includes acting as Chair of their evaluation of the ‘See Me’ anti mental health stigma campaign and working with PhD students on MHF co-funded projects examining stigma experiences during adolescence.
Across his research portfolio, Professor Hunter's work speaks to a number of WHO development goals including good health and wellbeing, gender equality, and peace, justice and strong institutions. He is committed to a research and teaching ethos which aligns with GCU's values and behaviours.