Menu

Search

Robert Ralphs

Robert Ralphs

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rob is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. His teaching and research has focused in the areas of substance misuse, youth crime, violent crime, gangs, criminal justice policy and criminological theory since 1998.

Rob teaches in the areas of criminological theory, youth and crime, substance use and violent crime. He has a particular expertise and knowledge in the fields of drug use (both problematic and recreational) and gangs and related violent crime, i.e. gun and knife crime and drugs. He currently supervises both postgraduate and undergraduate students in research on alcohol, drugs, gangs, violent crime and youth justice policy.

He has a particular focus on youth and violence, teaching on units such as Crime and Violence, Contemporary Issues in Deviant Youth Lifestyles, Troubles of Youth, Youth Justice and Juvenile Delinquency and Managing Offenders in the Community. Rob an advocate of research led teaching and has recently developed a third year undergraduate unit: Contemporary Issues in ‘Deviant’ Youth Lifestyles’ that combines his research interests in focusing on substance (mis)use, gangs and related drug dealing, gun and knife crime. He is currently developing a year two unit that focuses on substance misuse and responses.

Rob is particularly interested in two broad areas of research: drug use, gangs and (violent) youth crime.

Some of Rob’s recent research includes being the lead researcher on an ethnographic study of youth gangs, the £255,000 ESRC funded project Youth Gangs in an English City: Social Exclusion, Drugs and Violence. Articles from the research have been published in Children and Society(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1099-0860/homepage/youth_gangs_in_british_cities__research_informs_the_policy_response.htm), Research Ethics Review, the Journal of Youth Studies, and in a number of edited collections. A book based on this research 'Youth Gangs in an English City' is due for publication by Routledge in 2012. Other major research projects have included the £233,000 ESRC funded project Governing Drug Related Crime in the Risk Society (Jan 2007-June2009). Publications based on this research have been published in the British Journal of Criminology and Drugscope with the related book: 'Tough Choices: Drug policy and the risk-security nexus' in press and due for publication with Oxford University Press in early 2012. He has also been the lead researcher for the following research projects: exploring parents of ‘gang’ members support needs; ‘8 ‘til late’ mentoring evaluation; a local authority funded research project into the 'extent and nature of violent gangs'; training ex-offenders in research methods and the UK Drug Policy Committee funded, ‘Barriers to Employment for (Ex)-Problematic Drug Users’.

Early signs show legal high ban is pushing sales from the high street to street dealers

Jan 10, 2017 14:53 pm UTC| Law

In the first six months after a new law banned the sale and production of psychoactive substances in Britain, over 31 shops have been shut and four people convicted. But there are early indications that the law could...

1 

Economy

Euro likely to extend further gains in 2018, says Canadian Imperial Bank

The common currency is expected to extend further gains going into 2018, according to a recent report from the Canadian Imperial Bank. On track to cut back asset purchases later this month, the ECB is now on the precipice...

New Zealand bonds close higher after imports hit record high in October, trade deficit widens

New Zealand government bonds closed higher on Friday after the countrys imports hit a record high in October. Also, rising expectations that the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is set to keep interest rates at record lows for...

Long-term JGB yields rise after BoJ reduces size of bonds purchases

Japanese government bonds slumped on Friday after the Bank of Japan reduces the size of its bonds purchases by 10 billion yen. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price,...

Australian bonds gain on weak investors’ sentiments; dovish RBA minutes still weigh

Australian bonds gainedon Fridayas investors moved into safe-haven buying following weakness in the riskier assets like equities and crude oil. Also, the Reserve Bank of Australias dovish November meeting minutes still...

Singapore’s Q3 GDP growth upwardly revised, inflation likely to rise in November

Singaporean economic growth was upwardly revised from its initial advanced reading for the third quarter of 2017. The sequential growth was upwardly revised to 8.8 percent from the initial advanced reading of 6.3 percent....

Politics

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinpings political dominance and his burning...

Kuwait's economic interest in mediating the Qatar-Gulf crisis

A blockade against Qatar by its Gulf neighbours is now in its fifth month. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed socio-economic ties with Qatar as punishment for its alleged support of terrorism...

Science

Drug Addiction Could Be Cured With Gene Therapy

The opioid addiction crisis gripping the U.S. is currently one of the biggest health issues plaguing the country. In many cases, opioid addicts turn to using heroin or methamphetamine in order to get high. In what could...

Cancer Patient Injected With Vaccine For The First Time

Cancer is one of the last remaining major illnesses that still does not have a vaccine, but human trials have finally begun to change all this. Moderna Therapeutics just injected a patient with a cancer vaccine for the...

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

Its always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up about the potential consequences, and the debates ensue. In the case of New...

Scientists Achieved Real-Time Gene Editing In Live Human Subject For The First Time

Gene editing is considered by many as the future of medicine. The potential uses attributed to the field range from curing all kinds of diseases to making humans practically invulnerable. For the first time, scientists...

Scientist Proves Brain Implant Can Improve Memory By 30%

These days, one of the hottest topics in the tech and medical industries is the matter of cybernetics or merging man with machine. A scientist has recently advanced this field by demonstrating how a brain implant can...

Technology

JPMorgan CEO Calls Bitcoin ‘Stupid’, Offers Bitcoin Trading Anyway

The CEO Of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon has been quite vocal in his criticism of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. In fact, he has been known to threaten to fire employees who traded in cryptocurrency and called the market stupid....

Russia Finally Acknowledges Radiation Clouds Over Europe But Denies Responsibility

For months now, European monitoring agencies have been detecting radioactive clouds over several EU countries. These agencies have been speculating that these clouds may be coming from Russia. However, not only did Russia...

$35,000 Off-Road EV Has 555 Horsepower And More Torque Than A Tank

While Tesla might be the reigning king of both sports and sedan electric vehicles, its cars are not exactly suited to off-road driving. This is where the Nikola Powersports Nikola Zero UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) could make...

Hawaii Joins In Condemning EA And Loot Boxes, Wants To Block Battlefront II Sales

At this point, its safe to say that loot boxes and microtransactions are incredibly unpopular features in games with anyone except the publishers. Everyone from the gamers to developers, and now, even politicians hate the...

Valve To Make Steam ‘Review Bombing’ Toothless With New Changes

Reviews are meant to inform customers, which is why Valve opted to allow users on its digital distribution platform Steam to leave them on games and other products. However, it would seem that some people have found a way...
  • ET PRO
  • Market Data

Market-moving news and views, 24 hours a day >

November 24 09:00 UTC Released

DEIfo Expectations*

Actual

111 %

Forecast

108.9 %

Previous

2.1000 %

November 24 09:00 UTC Released

DEIfo Current Conditions*

Actual

124.4 %

Forecast

125 %

Previous

-0.6000 %

November 24 09:30 UTC 1717m

GBBBA mortgage approvals

Actual

Forecast

Previous

41.584 k

November 24 11:30 UTC 137137m

INBank Loan Growth*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

7.2 %

November 24 11:30 UTC 137137m

INDeposit Growth*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

9.2 %

November 24 11:30 UTC 137137m

INFX Reserves, USD*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

399.29 Bln USD

November 24 11:30 UTC 137137m

TRMBA Mortgage Applications

Actual

Forecast

Previous

79.7 %

November 24 11:30 UTC 137137m

TRMortgage Market Index

Actual

Forecast

Previous

109.5 %

November 24 12:30 UTC 197197m

BRBank Lending MM*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

November 24 13:30 UTC 257257m

USCorn Export sales New

Actual

Forecast

Previous

962 K

Close

Welcome to EconoTimes

Sign up for daily updates for the most important
stories unfolding in the global economy.