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Dr. Faith Gordon (FRSA, FHEA, PhD, MSSc, PGCert, LL.B., LNEA), is a Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  Faith established and is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Youth Justice Network; an Associate Research Fellow at the Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster.  Faith previously worked as a Lecturer in Criminology (2016-2018) in the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Westminster, London and as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Law at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast (2013-2016). 

Faith was lead researcher on the ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project: 'Identifying and Challenging the Negative Media Representation of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland' and Co-I on a research project on 'Older Victims of Crime and Crime Clearance Rates, funded by the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland'.  Faith has also been a researcher for The Hillsborough Independent Panel; the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative; Save the Children and the Children’s Law Centre in Northern Ireland.  


Faith’s first sole-authored monograph: 'Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation', was published as part of the Socio-Legal Series, Palgrave Macmillan (2018).  She holds a contract with Routledge for her second monograph on children’s rights in the digital age and a contract with Dr. Daniel Newman for an edited collection which is part of the prestigious 'Leading Works in Law' book series.  Faith has published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews in International Review of Victiminology; Punishment and Society; the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly; Journalism; Media, Culture and Society; as well as book chapters in edited collections published by Routledge and Abramis.

Faith has expertise and research experience in youth justice; media representations; post-conflict and transitioning societies; children’s rights; older victims; aging prisoners; inquests; media regulation and privacy law.  Faith's research is socio-legal and in line with her research interests and expertise, her current ongoing projects represent core themes: 

• Violence, Victimisation and Vulnerability;
• Social Justice and Legal Responses to Children and Young People; 
• Law and Digital/New technologies.

Teaching and Supervision

Faith is passionate about teaching and engagement with students.  She teaches in the areas of Crime, Media and Society and Young People, Crime and Justice. Faith supervises PhD and Honours Students and especially welcomes students in the areas of youth justice, media, digital age, children's rights, criminal law and privacy.  Faith mentors on the First in the Family scheme at Monash, and as the first member of her own family to attend University, she is passionate about equality of opportunity and accessibility in the sphere of education and beyond.


Current Supervisions:

Doctorate by research: 'Australian School Leaver and First-Year University Students' Understandings of Consent'.

Candidate: Katherine Schofield

Supervisors: Associate Professor Asher Flynn (Main), Dr Faith Gordon (Associate) and Associate Professor James Roffee (Associate, External)


Doctorate by research: 'In the Shadows of Neoliberalism: Youth precariat & Housing Insecurity'.

Candidate: Nicolas Ulbrick

Supervisors: Dr Luke Howie (Main), Dr Faith Gordon (Associate) and Dr Michael Ure (Associate) 


Masters of Philosophy by Research - Cross-Faculty Supervision

Candidate: Bianca Johnston 

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Flynn (Main) and Dr Faith Gordon (Associate) 


Engagement and Impact

Faith regularly submits research and policy responses to organisations such as the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; Department of Justice; IMPRESS; UK Government; N. Ireland Office; Scottish Government. Her research has fed into key discussions on the development of journalism education; the drafting of new UK regulatory guidelines for the media (IMPRESS) and called for revisions to existing guidelines (IPSO), which have been revised in light of her research on UK journalists’ use of children’s social media content without consent. She also regularly works with legal practitioners to integrate the evidence-base of a decade’s worth of her research into their legal submissions for Judicial Review cases on police release of images of children (pre-charge and post-charge), with specific emphasis on the digital age.

Faith’s research was referenced by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, at the examination of the UK Government’s child rights record (2015); in Judicial Review hearings at the Northern Ireland High Court (2016; 2017) and most recently, in the UK Court of Appeal (2019). 

Service Roles

Faith is the current Chair of the Faculty of Arts Early Career Researcher Network and Communications and Social Media Coordinator for Criminology.




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Research Output

Media Regulation: Strategies to mitigate violence against children who are publicly ‘named and shamed’

Gordon, F., 2020, Violence Against Children in the Criminal Justice System: Global Perspectives on Prevention. O'Brien, W. & Foussard, C. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 38-55 18 p. (Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Submission - Examining online harassment and cyber bullying Pre-Consultation Paper

Gordon, F. & Reilly, P., 5 Mar 2020, 6 p.

Research output: Other contributionOther


Submission to the Youth Violence Commission in the United Kingdom

Gordon, F. & Klose, H., 24 Jan 2020, International Youth Justice Network. 15 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Open Access

‘Adults Decided Our Fate’: Children and Young People Navigating Space, Territory and Conflicting Identities and the ‘New’ Northern Ireland

Gordon, E. F., 2020, Youth, Place and Theories of Belonging. Habib, S. & Ward, M. R. M. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 51-79 29 p. (Sociological Futures).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

30 Year Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Gordon, F., Dec 2019, 2 p. Australia

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access


European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Stan Cohen Prize

Faith Gordon (Recipient), 1 Jul 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Faith Gordon (Recipient), 1 Jul 2017

Prize: Election to learned society

Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts

Faith Gordon (Recipient), 1 Jun 2016

Prize: Election to learned society

Hart Publishers Prize for Best Conference Paper, Queen’s University Belfast

Faith Gordon (Recipient), 20 Aug 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Northern Ireland Law Society Prize for the Best Undergraduate Research Project

Faith Gordon (Recipient), 1 Dec 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Lead Trainer - Diplomacy Training Programme - Children's Rights and Youth Justice

Faith Gordon (Fellow)

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Manchester U.P. (Publisher)

Faith Gordon (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

International Journal of Children's Rights (Journal)

Faith Gordon (Peer reviewer)
2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Routledge (Publisher)

Faith Gordon (Peer reviewer)
1 Feb 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Bristol University Press (Publisher)

Faith Gordon (Peer reviewer)
10 Jan 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Press / Media

30th Anniversary: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Faith Gordon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Monash University panel remarks on 30th anniversary of the UN CRC

Faith Gordon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Standing up for the rights of children

Faith Gordon


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Youth Justice Shame

Faith Gordon & Noam Peleg


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs