James is an Associate Enterprise Fellow within the Criminology Department. Alongside teaching he leads on developing partnerships with local authorities, other statutory bodies and local grass roots organisations with the aim of using the university's resources to support their efforts to address criminality.
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James' PhD focused on how changing relational dynamics, partly caused by the introduction of violence reduction programmes, led to an entrenching of a violent street culture among local young people.
Before coming to London Met he taught at Westminster University and Kingston University. Prior to entering academia James spent 15 years working with young people, including developing and managing various training projects for unemployed young people and young offenders.
Outside of work he is a football coach and trustee of the St Matthews Project in Brixton and is an advisor to Maximum Recordings.
He has a keen interest in youth criminality and is currently leading on the evaluation of three local authority youth safety projects, including a VRU parents empowering project. He is also currently conducting a longitudinal study with young people involved in the Drill music scene.
James developed and is the course leader of the Youth Justice BA (Hons) and also leads the criminology masters courses.
Alexander, J., 2021. Co-production: fostering greater inclusion or reproducing existing exclusion? An analysis of co-commissioning and resident participation on a South London housing estate. SN Social Sciences1, 56.
Alexander, J. (2021) ‘Can Professional Interventions Contribute to an Escalation in Cases of Youth Violence? Considering the Impact of the Shift from Informal to Formal Youth Support on an Inner City Housing Estate’, Youth Justice.
Alexander, J. (2019) Prevent: Accounts from the Frontline. Feminist Dissent
Alexander, J. (2018) You're So Different the Difference is You. Youth Voice Journal
- James is Trustee of the St Matthews Project in Brixton
- Informal Research Advisor to the Holloway Ward Safer Neighbourhood Partnership