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Richard Batty

Lecturer in Psychology

  • School/Division:
    Applied Sciences / Psychology

Richard Batty is a lecturer and researcher in the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences. He specialises in the field of forensic psychology, principally focusing on juvenile offending, mental health, adolescence, and family communication. His Ph.D. entitled “Exploring the Experiential Geographies of Chronic Juvenile Offenders and their Families” countered traditional studies on youth crime, which have remained largely silent on the lived experiences of young offenders and their family members. Richard’s aim was to give space to the voices of those actually caught up in the workings of the juvenile justice system in the United Kingdom by actively participating in the lives of, and interviewing, families across the country.

Before joining the Division of Psychology, Richard worked as a theatre director, wellbeing practitioner, outreach worker, and project coordinator of many community and prison arts and theatre-based projects in London and across the U.K. In his applied work, he promotes the active participation of young people in their own community with a special focus on young people at risk of social exclusion due to cultural, social and economic obstacles. He remains dedicated to expanding the personal and professional horizons of gang-affiliated youths and other marginalised, and vulnerable young people.

BSc Psychology

  • Exploring Psychological Approaches
  • Lifespan Development
  • Psychology of Feelings
  • Psychology of Mental Health and Distress

MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology

  • Exploring Distress in the Clinic and Community
  • Professional Placement in Psychology
  • Research Methods for Mental Health

Richard’s research work aims to inform psychological and criminological concepts, theories, methods, policies, and practices through the use of creative, qualitative methodologies. He is particularly interested in digital life story work which draws upon the use of computers, software, smartphones and other audio-visual recording devices in a range of contemporary and exciting ways.

As well as utilising qualitative interviewing and focus group techniques, Richard also employs arts-based methods, including visual and performative arts such as creative writing, photography, music, sculpture, and textile arts and crafts. He has a keen interest in the geographies of children, youth and families, which deals, chiefly, with the study of places and spaces of family life. He is especially interested in graphic participatory mapping techniques and qualitative methodologies that capture the abstract realm of emotions, feeling and connection with others.


Richard has a broad range of research interests and would be pleased to work with students and researchers on topics related to:

Policing and crime in the community; criminal careers through the life-course; systems of justice, including transitions from juvenile to adult criminal justice systems; youth offending; gang affiliation; families, relationships and relational change; communication practices; dark communication; adolescent mental health; childhood; geographies of children, young people and families; disability, intimacy and sexuality.

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