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Eric Baumgartner

01642 342818
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (International)
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
Research institute:
Social Futures Institute

About Eric Baumgartner

Eric Baumgartner

Eric Baumgartner
Principal Lecturer (International), School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 342818
Research institute: Social Futures Institute

Eric completed his BA as a mature and part-time student in Combined Social Sciences (Community and Youth Work, Sociology and History) at Durham University in 2007. His dissertation explored 'Approaches to Male Identity with Reference to Crime and Criminal Behaviour', and he commenced his MA studies in Social Research Methods (Social Policy), concluding with his dissertation 'Masculinity and the Youth Justice System in England and Wales- A Case Study at a Secure Training Centre' (Distinction) in 2009. Eric succeeded in securing an ESRC studentship at Durham University for his PhD studies and completed his PhD in March 2014. His thesis, 'Boys will be boys, or will they? A study of youth offending team practitioners' constructions of masculinity of the young men with whom they work' (, explores the relevance of ideas of masculinity in the context of youth justice assessment, intervention and practice.

Eric's teaching experience is wide-ranging, and his expertise comprises 'Social Research Methods', 'Gender/Masculinity Studies', 'Masculinity and Crime', 'Youth Justice' and  'Sociological Theory' (particularly Goffman and Bourdieu and issues around gender).

Eric joined Teesside University as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in August 2014 and became Subject Group Leader for Criminology and Sociology in November 2015.  Modules based on his research expertise are 'Gender, Sex and Sexuality' and 'Are we doing youth justice?'.

Eric also teaches and lectures in 'Criminal Justice', 'Crime and Justice', 'Gender and Crime'  and 'Contemporary Criminal Justice' on both BSc and MSc programmes. Originally trained as a 'Teacher of English as a Foreign Language', Eric is keen to utilise TEFL methods in his teaching and deliver interactive and student-centred lectures and seminars.  

Research interests

Eric's research interest include the following:

  • Masculinity and Youth and Criminal Justice.
  • Gendered Identity Formations, Constructions of Identities.
  • Non-conformist and LGBTAQ Identities.
  • Intersectionality and Gendered Identities
  • Criminal Justice, Youth Justice and Probation.
  • Gender, Social Policy and Social Welfare Provision/ Services Practice.
  • Social Exclusion and Critical Criminology.

Eric is keen to supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students with any of the interest above and is very open to suggestions in related areas.

Enterprise interests

Eric's work is very practice-oriented and received an 'outstanding people award' from Northumbria Probation for a commissioned project on interventions with male low risk service users (2015) and a''volunteer recognition award' from Durham County Hall for the INSPIRE Project. He has extensive experience of working with third sector and government organisations and institutions in and beyond the criminal and youth justice sector. As such, Eric has consulted on projects with 'User Voice', 'Northumbria Probation' and Youth Offending Teams in the North East of England.

In 2009 Eric founded the INSPIRE Project, which delivers informal English workshops with the aim of language learning and confidence building to children and young people from the SOS Children Village 'Sauerland' (Luedenscheid/Germany) in both Germany and England.

Eric is very interested in working with local and national organisations and institutions in the areas of Criminal/Youth justice and Social Service/ Welfare provision, in particular in areas around 'gender-appropriate' practice, 'male coping strategies' and 'domestic violence'.


Baumgartner, E. (2012). And then there were the Men- Masculinity and the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. Journal of Social Sciences, Special Edition: 'Gendered Subjects 9(3): 79-86.

    Baumgartner, E. (2013). A refreshing take on masculinity studies from beyond the ivory tower of academia. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal 32(1): 120-122.

      Articles in Progress:

      (1) Boys will be boys, or will they? Youth Offending Team Practitioners and their Constructions of Masculinity’ (Youth Justice);

      (2) ‘Of One’s Own Masculinity in a Study on Masculinity and Offending in England and Wales’ (Journal of Men’s Studies), 

      (3) ‘Masculinity and Essentialism in Social Welfare Provision’ (Journal of Social Work).

      Book Proposals in Progress:

      Comparative Youth Justice: The Construction of Childhood and Youth Justice in Japan and England and Wales

      Youth Justice in England and Wales and the Construction of Masculinity. 


      April 2015-  Festival of Leaning, Teesside University: EFL Methods in Teaching Sociology and Criminology in HE

      September 2014- Co-organiser of 'Biographical Methods Conference' at Durham University.

      June 2014 - Conference for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: ‘Masculinity- Essentially Speaking’.

      June 2014 - Co-Stream Leader at the Conference for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: ‘Sexuality, Gender and Work’.

      October 2013 - Peer Reviewer for Special Edition on Masculinity of the Journal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

      November 2012 - 'Boys will be boys- Masculinity and Youth Justice in England and Wales’, Van Mildert College SCR & MCR Presentation.

      08/12 & 09/12 - Delivery of ‘Masculinity and Criminal Justice’ Workshop to Practitioners of Northumbria Probation Trust as Part of PhD Findings Dissemination.

      Research/ Commissioned Research/ Consultancy:

      July- December 2015- Evaluation of Family Stability Service, Gateshead. 

      Commissioned to design Rehabilitation Programme for young male offenders, Northumbria Probation

      11/11 – 07/12 - Primary Researcher and Research Coordinator for ‘Probation Council’ Research commissioned by Northumbria Probation Trust through User Voice: Overall Responsibility for Research Design, Conducting of Qualitative Research, Liaison with Stakeholders, Data Analysis (NVivo) and Writing of Final Report.

      07/11 – 02/12 - Primary Researcher for ‘What’s your Story’, a Nationwide Research Project (approximately 500 participants) initiated by User Voice: Overall Responsibility for Research Design, Data Analysis (NVivo), Training of Researchers, Writing of Final Report.

      July 2012 - 'Boys will be boys- negotiating masculinity and the impact of gender on the assessment of young men who have offended in England and Wales’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, Toulouse Business School.

      November 2011 - 'And then there were the boys- males spaces and their place within the discourse on men and masculinity’, Manchester Metropolitan University.

      September 2011 - 'Masculinity and Youth Justice in England and Wales’, Conference for Sex, Sexuality and Gender Research, Durham University (UK).

      In the news

      • Rehabilitation of Young Offenders
        BBC Radio Tees
        Eric Baunmgartner discussed the rehabilitation of young offenders.