Senior Teaching Fellow

LLB (Hons), Dip LP, MSc, PhD
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Dr Fiona Jamieson is Senior Teaching Fellow in Criminology and Director of the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice degree programme at the School of Law. Her main research interests lie in sentencing and penal decision-making, punishment, judicial culture, the occupational culture of criminal justice organisations and qualitative research methods. Fiona’s doctoral research, supported by ESRC scholarship funding, drew on biographical narrative research methods to study judicial work and culture.

Fiona has a PhD in Criminology and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Edinburgh University. She also has an LLB (Honours) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Prior to joining the School of Law, Fiona gained extensive knowledge of criminal justice law, policy and practice through her former legal career as a prosecutor in Scotland.

Fiona is a member of the Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making Working Group of the European Society of Criminology. In 2017 she was appointed as a member of the MESAS (Monitoring and Evaluation of Scotland's Alcohol Strategy) Governance Board (Scottish Government/NHS). She is also a member of the Evaluation Advisory Group (EAG) for the Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on Crime and Antisocial behaviour (Scottish Government/NHS). 

Fiona welcomes applications from prospective PhD students. 

Courses Taught

Criminal Justice and Penal Process (MSc) (Course Organiser)

Criminology (Honours) (Course Organiser)

Criminology 1 (Honours) (Course Organiser)

Mental Health and Crime (MSc) (Course Organiser)

Punishment and Society (Honours)


Fiona Jamieson, 'Crime and punishment in late 20th century Scotland: Judicial sensibilities', (2010), The Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, pp 20-31
Abstract: This paper is concerned with judicial narratives of a personal kind; the‘stories, words and talk’ (Cohen, 1983) of conversation with judges aboutcrime, punishment and the experience of judging. Judicial narratives of otherkinds abound, particularly the cultural and societal sort - our repertoire ofstories about judges - but the life world of the judge has drawn remarkablylittle attention from public and academic commentators alike.


Fiona Jamieson, Katrina Morrison, Marguerite Schinkel, Richard Sparks, 'Crime and Punishment Around the World ' in Crime and Punishment Around the World (ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara/Oxford 2012) 380-389