About Craig Pinkney

“I’m all about bridging the gap between academia and the streets” - Craig Pinkney

Craig Pinkney is a Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, PhD Researcher, Founder and Director of Solve: The Centre for Youth Violence and Conflict. Craig is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading thinkers/doers in responding to Gangs and Serious Youth Violence. He is an JNC qualified Youth Worker with over 16 years of experience as an Outreach Worker, Transformational Speaker, Gang Exit Strategist, Advisor, Mediator, Mentor and Filmmaker.


Training and Professional Development

Craig delivers interactive workshops for young people and bespoke training for professionals in Criminal Justice, Education, Community, Health, Social Services, Family Support and Faith Based Organisations. Most of Craig’s workshops and bespoke training is delivered locally and nationally, however he has spoken and trained professionals at a numerous international conferences and events across Europe, the Caribbean and in the  United States.


Advisory Roles

Craig is the former UK Lead for the EUGANGS Project, which is a collaborative research project focusing on serious youth violence, in conjunction with universities and private sector organisations across seven European countries. Craig is currently an advisor for the Ministry of Justice in Jamaica, and an advisor for a number of Violent Reduction Units situated nationally. Due to his expertise, Craig is often asked to comment for local and national news, radio and has featured in a number of documentaries.



Craig has authored and co-authored a number of reports, and peer-reviewed academic publications. Craig's research interests include Urban Street Gangs, Youth Violence, Social Media and Street Violence, Trauma, Masculinity, Public Health and Desistance. 


Academic Qualifications

Academically Craig holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Development (JNC), Master’s degree in Criminology, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Post Graduate Certificate in Research and is currently a PhD candidate in Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. 

  Craig’s PhD is set to focus on ‘Making sense of Social Media, Gangs and Youth Violence inside England’s Gun Crime Capital. 

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