Professor Joe Yates

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Place and Partnership) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies)

Professor Joe Yates is a Professor of Criminology and Social Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Place and Partnership and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

The Faculty has around 11,500 students, 7,500 students reading programmes across a wide range of disciplines at its campus in Liverpool and 4,000 students reading programmes with collaborative partner institutions across the globe. The Faculty portfolio is delivered across five Schools and its cutting-edge suite of programmes ranges across the Arts, Humanities, Architecture and Design, Social Science, Creative and Digital, alongside an expanding range of professional programmes in Education, Policing and Probation. The Faculty prides itself on its external engagement and impact locally, nationally and globally. It has a wide range of partnerships across a range of industry, the arts and education institutions, which benefit our students and our partners. With a dynamic and outward facing research culture, the Faculty has two research institutes and five research centres, which deliver impact through their transformational, interdisciplinary, research. At institutional level, Professor Yates leads on the Place and Partnership Strategy for the university.

Prior to taking up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Yates held positions as Director of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Head of Criminology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (which he co-founded). He also led the development of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies.

During his time at Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Yates has volunteered externally as a Community Governor, a Sports Governor and Deputy Chair at a Specialist Education Needs School, a local Primary School and a local Sixth form College. He also held the position of Trustee for the National Association for Youth Justice and the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technologies in Liverpool. He is currently the Director of an International Youth Justice Symposium at the Inter University Centre in Croatia and he has previously sat on the Executive Board for the Council of Deans for Arts, Social Science and Humanities.

Professor Yates is currently a Governor and Chair of the Higher Education Committee at Hugh Baird College in Bootle, Merseyside and the Chair of the Regional Governance Board for Cradle to Career, a place-based grass roots educational enhancement project in the Liverpool City Region.

Professor Yates has researched and published in the field of youth justice with a particular focus on policy responses to marginalised children involved in crime and antisocial behaviour. He has conducted research for the Home Office and the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales as well as for a range of community groups, non-governmental organisations and charities.

Prior to working in Higher Education, Professor Yates worked in the Criminal Justice Sector, working with young people as a youth worker, a social worker, a youth justice officer and a policy and performance manager. He is a trained probation officer and a qualified social worker.


Professor Yates can be contacted via his Executive Support Officer, Marie Blair on 0151 231 4873 or email:

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