Elaine Williams

Dr Elaine Williams BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr Elaine Williams is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Greenwich. She specialises in the politics of knife crime with extensive experience in youth work practice and crime prevention in southeast London. Her research focuses on the policing and criminalisation of young people, with particular interest in the interaction between neoliberal social policy and popular discourse. Elaine’s work seeks to apply theoretical frameworks in practical ways and she actively collaborates with charities and organisations in south London to bring about policy reform and advise on violence reduction strategies.


  • The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (FLAS) Lecturer of the Year, 2021. Awarded at the Student Led Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich
  • Outstanding Achievement in Knowledge Exchange Awards, 2021. Awarded at the GRE Awards, University of Greenwich, in recognition of partnership work with Power the Fight charity - researching therapeutic responses to serious youth violence in London in the TIP Report, 2020


Knowledge Exchange Embed Partnership (KEEP+) with Power the Fight charity

Research / Scholarly interests

Elaine’s research and scholarly interests include; shifting sociologies of London, cultural politics, racialisation, deviance labelling, youth crime policy, popular crime discourse, neoliberal social policy and socio-economic theory in the context of violence.

Media activity

Guest Blog, The Centre for Education and Youth Think Tank. “Knife Crime Epidemic? Time to look beyond the headlines” 30th October 2018

Recent publications


Williams, E., Squires, P. (2021). Rethinking Knife Crime; Policing, Violence and Moral Panic? Palgrave MacMillan: London

Other Publications

Williams, E., Iyere, E., Lindsay, B, Murray, C and Ramadhan, Z. (2020) Therapeutic Intervention for Peace (TIP) report; culturally competent responses to serious youth violence in London. Technical Report. Power The Fight, London