Stephen was previously an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Swansea University.

His primary research interests are youth justice, youth crime prevention and social justice, particularly the promotion of positive, children first ways of working with children embroiled in the Youth Justice System.

He is a member of the Youth Justice Board's Academic Advisory Panel and sits on the steering group of the Association of Panel Members.

Stephen has conducted large-scale funded research for the Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Leverhulme Trust, Welsh Government and National Institute for Health and Social Care.

In 2013, Stephen was awarded the Howard League Research Medal (with colleague Professor Kevin Haines) for an evaluation of the Swansea Bureau youth crime diversion programme, and in 2008 he won the British Society of Criminology Brian Williams Prize for outstanding scholarship by a young criminologist.

He is currently the Principal Investigator on a Nuffield-funded project entitled 'Understanding criminogenic influences on youth offending: Context, mechanisms and outcomes'

Stephen convenes undergraduate modules focused on 'Youth Justice' and 'Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy'.

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a founder member of the British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching network.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Justin Brett: "What can a historical analysis of youth justice legislation tell us about the nature of youth justice?"
  • Daisy Tipping: "Tackling the criminogenic influences on youth offending: Contexts, mechanisms and outcomes"
  • Annabel Goddard: "Risk assessments in child protection: Consequences on the perceptions of young people as victims"
  • Case, S.P. and Hampson, K. (2020) Professional perspectives of youth justice policy implementation: Contextual and coalface challenges. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 59(2): 214-232.
  • Case, S.P. and Hazel, N. (2020) Child First, Offender Second – A progressive model for education in custody. International journal of Educational Development. Early view.
  • Case, S.P. and Bateman, T. (2020) The punitive continua of youth justice: An end to the age of innocence. Children and Society. Early view.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2020) Abolishing youth justice systems: Children first, offenders nowhere. Youth Justice Journal. Early view.
  • Haines, K.R., Case, S.P., Smith, R., Laidler, K., Hughes, N., Webster, C., Goddard, T., Deakin, J., Johns, D., Richards, K. and Gray, P. (2020) Children and crime: In the moment. Youth Justice Journal, Early view.
  • Case, S.P. and Hampson, K. (2019) Youth justice pathways to change: Drivers, challenges and opportunities. Youth Justice Journal, 19(1): 25-41.
  • Case, S.P. and Hampson, K. (2019) Youth justice pathways to change: Drivers, challenges and opportunities. Youth Justice Journal. Early view
  • Case, S.P. (2018) Youth Justice: A Critical Introduction. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2018) Transatlantic ‘positive youth justice’: Coherent movement or disparate critique? Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 20(3): 208-222.
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P(2018) The Future of Youth Justice. Youth Justice Journal, 18(2): 131-148.
  • Case, S.P., Johnson, P., Manlow, D., Smith, R.S. and Williams, K.H. (2017) Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Haines, K.R. and Case, S.P. (2015) Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second. Bristol: Policy Press
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K.R. (2015) Children First, Offenders Second: The centrality of engagement in positive youth justice. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (2): 157-175.
  • Case, S.P. and Haines, K. R. (2015) Children First, Offenders Second Positive Promotion: Reframing the Prevention Debate. Youth Justice Journal, 15 (3): 226-239.