Criminologist Craig Pinkney

“I’m all about bridging the gap between academia and the streets” – Craig Pinkney

Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Lecturer at the University College Birmingham and is one of the UK’s leading thinkers/doers in responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He is an JNC qualified Youth Worker with over 15 year’s experience as an Outreach Worker, Transformational Speaker, Gang Exit Strategist, Mediator, Mentor and Filmmaker.

What does he do?

Craig delivers interactive workshops for young people and bespoke training for professionals in Criminal Justice, Education, Community, Health, Family Support and Faith Based Organisations. Most of Craig’s workshops and bespoke training is delivered locally and nationally, however he has spoken and trained professionals at a number of international conferences and events across Europe, the Caribbean and America.


Craig is the UK Lead for the EUGANGS Project. This is a collaborative research project in conjunction with universities and private sector organisations, which aims to respond to gangs and serious youth violence within seven European countries. Craig is responsible for conducting and collating research on the skills and needs of professionals and activists within the sector.


Craig has authored and co-authored a number of reports, and peer-reviewed academic publications. Craig’s research interests include urban street gangs, youth violence, social media and violence, trauma, Black masculinity, public health approaches to reduce violence and desistance.

Academic Qualifications

Academically Craig holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, a Master’s degree in Criminology and is currently a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University.

Craig’s PhD is set to focus on ‘Making sense of Social Media, Gangs and Youth Violence inside England’s Gun Crime Capital.

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