Professor Peter Raynor
Professor Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 295319
Room: Office - 323
Third Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

Professor Raynor worked as a probation officer until 1975, and much of his research has concerned the evidence base for effective probation practice. He has also carried out research on victims of crime (for Victim Support, of which he was a founder member and Chair of its Research Committee 1982-7), drug and alcohol services (for the Alcohol Education and Research Council, the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board), young offenders (for the Children’s Society), social work education (for CCETSW), unemployed young people (for ESRC), intensive probation, and the relationship between rehabilitation and justice (both supported by the Nuffield Foundation) and a range of other criminal justice topics (for the National Probation Service, the States of Jersey and others). A series of Home Office funded studies since the early 1990s has included work on the quality and effectiveness of pre-sentence reports; a pilot of a cognitive-behavioural programme for offenders; the confirmation of probation officers in appointment; risk and need assessment in correctional services; the resettlement of medium-term and short-sentence prisoners, and the needs and experiences of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic probationers. He has also worked on the development of prisoner resettlement services for the Romanian Ministry of Justice.

He has produced more than two hundred publications. He was a panel member for Social Policy and Administration and Social Work in the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises, and served as a member of the has served as a member of the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel for England and Wales since 1999, and the Community Justice Accreditation Panel for Scotland from 2003-5. He has also represented the Welsh Assembly Government on the NOMS Stakeholder Forum, and has been a member of Scotland’s National Advisory Body on Offender Management and of the National Criminal Justice Forum for Wales. In 2013 he was awarded the status of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

In October 2016, at the General Assembly of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) in Bucharest, Professor Raynor was presented with the CEP’s inaugural Award for Research in recognition of his work on the Jersey Supervision Skills Study.


  1. (2019). Supervision Skills for Probation Practitioners. Academic Insights 2019/05. Manchester: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation..
  2. & What matters is what you do: The rediscovery of skills in probation practice. European Journal of Probation, 206622031882019
  3. Back to the future? The long view of probation and sentencing. Probation Journal 65(3), 335-347.
  4. From ‘nothing works’ to ‘post-truth’: The rise and fall of evidence in British probation. European Journal of Probation 10(1), 59-75.
  5. Unlucky, Bad, and the Space in Between: Why Criminologists Should Think More about Responsibility. In Bebhinn Donnelly-Lazarov, Dennis Patterson and Peter Raynor (Ed.), Neurolaw and Responsibility for Action. (pp. 195-209). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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  • "A Multi-Dimensional Evaluation of Youth Justice Services in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Susan Roberts
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
  • (Evidenced proposals for a politically viable, effective and operable strategy to render crime and punishment obsolete.) This title is likely to be revised to 'Sharing de-brutalisation: anachronising crime, punishment, inherent harm and wasted potential.' (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Caroline Jones
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
  • Evaluation on probation: Developing gender-responsive and jurisdictionally appropriate evaluation systems for offender services in the British Isles. (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Susan Roberts
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
  • 'Experiencing sexual victimisation in Childhood: Meaning and impact- The perspectives of convicted, adult male child sexual abusers.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Raynor
    Other supervisor: Prof Tracey Sagar

Research Supervision

I am currently not in a position to accept new PhD supervision applications.

Innovation and Engagement activities

  • Member of Ministry of Justice’s Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel.
  • Member of Academic Reference Group for NOMS Offender Engagement Programme.
  • Working with Dr. Pamela Ugwudike, Wales Probation and Youth Justice Wales to develop and test new approaches to service evaluation.
  • May 2014: delivered module on Community Penalties to probation and prison managers undertaking a Masters course in criminal justice at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.
  • June 2014: led seminar on supervision skills for senior staff of the Finnish Criminal Sanctions Agency in Helsinki.
  • June 2014: addressed seminar on ‘Building a Safer Society’ in St. Helier, Jersey.
  • July 2014: will lead seminar on supervision skills for UK NOMS staff attending the Masters course at Cambridge Institute of Criminology.
  • 2015: Lecture to Thames Valley probation staff January; joint paper to Wales criminology conference April; lecture to invited participants in workshop on offender compliance, Dublin Institute of Technology, June; lecture to delegation from École Nationale d’Administration Pénitentiaire visiting Jersey Probation Service, July; paper to European Criminology Conference, September; guest lecture to Scottish Risk Management Authority, Paisley, October; invited lecture and ‘café scientifique’ for Jersey International Centre for Advanced Studies, November.

  • 2016: Participated in conference on Offender Supervision in Europe, Brussels, March, and CEP and Europris conference on Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Barcelona, April. Gave plenary lecture to Wales Criminology Conference, Gregynog, May. Gave invited lecture to Catalan Ministry of justice staff in Barcelona, October.
  • 2017: Presented paper to the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions in Barcelona (May); gave invited keynote address to the third biennial World Congress of Probation in Tokyo in September; attended and contributed to Europris seminar on risk assessment in prisons, Brussels, October.