Dr Theo Gavrielides has been appointed as Visiting Professor in Youth Policy at the School of Social Sciences, Primary Care & Education and as a member of the Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS) at Buckinghamshire New University.

Dr Gavrielides will be building the School’s research programme by introducing projects, producing publications and organising scientific events, and pulling together a team of advisors with reputations for excellence to support its work and the University’s research strategy.

With IDRICS, the expert in restorative justice and human rights also plans to work with communities and marginalised young people to form policies around areas of human rights and criminal justice.

Dr Theo Gavrielides is the founder and director of Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), a UK-based international research think-tank.

He also holds positions as: Visiting Professorial Research Fellow at Panteion University of Social & Political Science in Greece; Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at The Open University; and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Criminology and Justice Research in the Department of Justice at Mount Royal University in Canada.

Speaking about his appointment, Dr Gavrielides said: “It is a great honour and a pleasure to be part of such an excellent academic community at Buckinghamshire New University.

“I look forward to working closely with my esteemed colleagues at IDRICS and the School of Social Sciences Primary Care & Education. The key contribution I would like to make will be in evidence-based policy and the production of ideas and programmes that are timely and give voices to communities that want to be heard.”

IDRICS is aimed at providing a West London and Thames Valley-wide applied community development and diversity-focused resource that undertakes applied research, consultation, service evaluation, training and reviews of existing evidence to inform policy development and practice at national and regional levels.

It works to support communities or groups identified through the Government’s Big Society model and which have the potential to grow into social enterprises. It will seek to address gaps in provision through informed and innovative, bottom-up initiatives

Dr Gavrielides has also published widely in the area of restorative justice and human rights. His latest book, Rights & Restoration within Youth Justice, was published by de Sitter in May 2012.