Dr Gavin Bailey

Research Associate
Dr Gavin Bailey


Gavin is a Research Associate with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. He is currently working on the MiCREATE project on child migrants and integration (http://www.micreate.eu/) and continuing work on extremism and counter-extremism.


Gavin has worked as a social researcher in academic and non-academic settings since 2002, with a focus on marginalised groups, young people and radicalisation/ extremism. He completed his PhD in political sociology at Keele University, examining the local actions and impact of far-right and radical Islamist activists. Between 2013 and 2015 he worked at the University of Leicester, researching right-wing populism across Europe and teaching in the Politics and Sociology departments. He joined PERU in September 2015, and has worked on the innosi project (http://innosi.eu/) and a number of projects on criminal justice. He is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Community Justice (https://www.mmuperu.co.uk/bjcj/).  

Prior to his doctoral research, Gavin worked as a social researcher in the private and public sector, including completing the national evaluation of the Neighbourhood Support Fund youth programme at the Community Development Foundation. He has done further research work for the Young Foundation, Goldsmiths College and the University of Northampton.

Gavin did his first degree at the University of Cambridge (Maths, History and Philosophy of Science) and his Masters at Goldsmiths College, University of London (Sociology). More about Gavin can be found at www.gavinbailey.org.uk.



  • Research design and research ethics
  • Mixed methods research
  • Young people
  • Marginalised groups
  • Marginal politics (extremism, radicalism, populism)
  • Community engagement
  • Community and voluntary sector

Research Interests

Gavin’s research has covered a wide range of social problems, including homelessness, youth disengagement, problematic drug use, domestic violence and hate crime. Much of this work was concerned with community and voluntary sector organisations’ work in these areas. His interest in extremism, radicalisation and de-radicalisation came through the context of community engagement and community-based interventions, and the role of youth culture and youth transitions. 

Research Activity


  • J. Hind-Ozan, C. O'Leary, S. Baines, G. Bailey (2019). Troubled Families in Greater Manchester. In: Implementing innovative social investment. Policy Press, pp.43-57. View publication »
  • O'Leary, C., Baines, S., Bailey, G... (2018) 'Innovation and Social Investment Programs in Europe'. European Policy Analysis. View publication »
  • Bailey G. & Edwards, P. (2017) 'Rethinking ‘Radicalisation’: Microradicalisations and Reciprocal Radicalisation as an Intertwined Process'. Journal for Deradicalization 15(3), pp. 255-281.
  • Bailey, G. (2017) 'Researching Extremists'. Research Intelligence.
  • Bailey G. (2017) 'Who are the radicals?' Metropolis 2 Autumn/Winter.
  • Bailey, G. (2015) ‘Extremism, community and stigma: researching the far-right and radical Islam in their context’ in Bhopal, K. and Deuchar, R. (eds.) Researching Marginalised Groups London: Routledge.
  • MacGregor, S. & Bailey, G. (2012) ‘British Citizen or Other? Reflections on the new UK citizenship process’. British Politics 7(4), pp. 365-388.
  • Bailey, G. (2008) ‘The Killing of Jean Charles de Menezes: Risk, the "Innocent", and Looking Guilty’. In-Spire 3(1) 22-31.
  • Ali, R., Buonfino., A., Goodwin, M.J. & Bailey, G. (2007) Exploring the Drivers of Far Right Support. London: Young Foundation.

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