Graham Smyth

Graham Smyth


Graham is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Graham Smyth LLB, MA, has been a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at MMU’s Sociology department since January 2006. He joined MMU following a career in which he worked for 26 years in criminal as an officer and a manager within the Probation Service, as a Safer Cities coordinator / community safety manager and as head of a youth offending service. This time was marked by a number of innovative and successful projects, including establishment in 1997 of Burnley’s ‘Dordrecht Initiative’ with persistent offenders in Burnley which was one of the forerunners for the current national PPO programme.

His research and evaluation work has included evaluations of probation, youth offending and restorative justice initiatives and European funded research on the role of housing in resettling offenders and on gender in youth offending.

He was Programme Leader for MMU teaching on the BA in Community Justice which is the acadamic component of the Probation Qualification Framework (PQF). Probation staff in NW England undertook this degree as part of the qualification to work as a probation officer. MMU delivered this programme in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

Research Interests

Graham’s main research interests are:

  • Offender rehabilitation / intervention with offenders
  • Probation work
  • Youth justice
  • Criminal justice
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Early intervention programmes
  • Restorative Justice

Research Activity

  • 2012 Evaluation of Rochdale Targeted Youth Support project View project »
  • 2010 Ministry of Justice: Evaluation of Intensive Alternatives to Custody pilot View project »
  • 2010 NW Regional Offender Accommodation Pathway group: ‘The long and winding road’: pathways to settled accommodation for offenders in the North West - research director
  • 2010 NACRO / Government Invest to Save Budget: Evaluation of Restorative Peer Panels in Preston, Lancashire
  • 2009 Hefce Urban Regeneration Making a difference fund: Exploring journeys into and out of offending behaviour in young women
  • 2008 Cheshire Youth Offending Service: First Time Entrants to the Youth Justice System in Cheshire: Who Are They and How Can They Be Kept Out?
  • 2008 Hefce Urban Regeneration Making a difference fund: School Transport – the Community Safety Dimension
  • 2006 Cheshire Youth Offending Service: Review of delivery of Referral Orders


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