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Stephen Crossley

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

He completed his PhD from Durham University examining the UK government’s Troubled Families Programme in August 2017. Prior to this he worked on a regional child poverty project in the North East, based in the Institute for Local Governance at Durham University. He has also worked in a variety of neighbourhood management and community development roles for local authorities and voluntary sector organisations across the North East. His first book, In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty, was published by Pluto Press in 2017 and his second book,  Troublemakers: the construction of ‘troubled families’ as a social problem, was published by Policy Press in 2018.

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus (West)
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Social Policy PhD August 16 2017
  • Sociology MA August 15 2016
  • Member British Sociological Association (BSA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • ‘We know it works. . .’: The Troubled Families Programme and the pre-determined boundary judgements of decontextualised policy evaluation, Silver, D., Crossley, S. 18 Dec 2019, In: Critical Social Policy
  • The UK Government’s Troubled Families Programme, Crossley, S. 28 Sep 2018
  • Troublemakers, Crossley, S. 4 Apr 2018
  • Children and young people’s perceptions of energy drinks: A qualitative study, Visram, S., Crossley, S., Cheetham, M., Lake, A. 30 Nov 2017, In: PLoS One
  • 'Getting with the (troubled families) programme': a review, Lambert, M., Crossley, S. Jan 2017, In: Social Policy and Society
  • In Their Place, Crossley, S. 15 Aug 2017
  • Introduction, Crossley, S., Lambert, M. 1 Jan 2017, In: Social Policy and Society
  • The 'official' social justice: an examination of the Coalition government's concept of social justice, Crossley, S. 1 Feb 2017, In: Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
  • The 'troubled' case of Rotherham, Crossley, S., Leigh, J. 1 Mar 2017, In: Critical and Radical Social Work
  • Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudes, Visram, S., Cheetham, M., Riby, D., Crossley, S., Lake, A. 8 Oct 2016, In: BMJ Open


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