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My teaching interests include user informed services, criminal justice, critical approaches to practice, theories of human interaction and research methods.

I am the Programme Leader for BA Social Work, and Module Leader for SW5008 Social Work Theory and Methods and SW6017 Approaches to Research.

I also teach MA Social Work, leading the following modules SW7022 Sociology and Social Policy and SW7021 Human Growth and Development, and on the BA Health and Social Care and BA Counselling Skills.

I supervise postgraduate student dissertations.


My research interests include user informed criminal justice and social work services and the voluntary sector in criminal justice.

Recent research projects include:

  • Manchester Active Voices – evaluation project (2016)

  • ESRC and CLINKS funded PhD studentship (2011)

Recent knowledge transfer work includes:

Buck, G. (October 2016) The Core Conditions of Peer Mentoring, Speaker by invitation at the international workshop “Desistance from Crime”. Kuopio Welfare Research Centre (KWRC), University of Eastern Finland.

Buck, G. (March 2016) The Core Conditions of Peer Mentoring by Ex-offenders. Paper presented at Justice and Penal Reform: Re-shaping the penal landscape, Oxford University, UK.

Buck, G. (August 2015) Politicisation or professionalization: Exploring divergent aims within the practice of ex-offender peer mentoring. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. University of Tartu, Tallinn, Estonia.

Buck, G. (April 2014) Doing Peer Mentoring, Doing Gender? Peer Mentoring and the Reproduction of Gender Norms. Paper presented at the North West Gender Conference: Constructions of gender in Research, Lancaster University.

Buck, G. (March 2013) Civic Re-engagements among Former Prisoners. Paper Presented at: The Prison and the Public conference, Edge Hill University.

I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics.

Published Work

My recent publications include:

Buck, G. (2017) The core conditions of peer mentoring. Criminology and Criminal Justice. In print.

Buck, G. (2017) ‘It’s a tug of war between the person I used to be and the person I want to be’: The terror, complexity and limits of leaving crime behind. Illness, Crisis and Loss. In print

Buck, G. (2016) ‘I wanted to feel the way they did’: Mimesis as a situational dynamic of peer mentoring by ex-offenders. Deviant Behavior. 1-15.

Buck, G., Corcoran, M. S. and Worrall, A. (2015) ‘Gendered dynamics of Mentoring’, in Annison, J., Brayford, J. & Deering, J. (Eds.) Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Bristol: Policy Press.

Gosling, H and Buck, G. (2015) Mentoring: crossing boundaries with care? Criminal Justice Matters, March 2015: Vol. 99 (1) pp. 22-23.

Buck, G (2014) ‘Civic Re-engagements among Former Prisoners’. Prison Service Journal, July 2014: No.14.


  • PhD Criminology, Keele University (2016)
  • Certificate of Professional Development, Planning for Work based Learning and Assessment (Social Work Student Supervision), Liverpool John Moores University (2009)
  • Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice), Nottingham Trent University (2006)
  • MA/Professional Diploma in Social Work, and The Frances Peck Memorial Award for ‘outstanding contribution to service users’, University of Liverpool (2003)
  • BA Literature, Life and Thought (First Class Honours), Liverpool John Moore’s University (2001)


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Professional Associations:

  • Member of the National Association for Youth Justice (2015 – present)
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology (2011 – present)
  • Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform (2011 – present)
  • Registered social worker with the General Social Care Council (2004 – 2012)