Research in a Nutshell: Youth Crime

Lesley McAra: Youth Crime

Professor Lesley McAra was appointed as Head of Edinburgh Law School in May 2011. Her research interests lie in the general areas of the sociology of punishment and the sociology of law and deviance. Her particular interests include: youth crime and juvenile justice; comparative criminal justice; gender, crime and criminal justice; and the impact of multi-level governance on crime control and penal process.

She is Co-Director (with Susan McVie and David Smith) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC), a longitudinal study of pathways into and out of offending for a cohort of around 4,300 young people. This programme of research has been funded by grants from the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation and the Scottish Government and has an associated doctoral programme.

In this video Lesley describes how findings from the ESYTC highlight the extreme vulnerability of young people involved in serious offending and show that youth crime can be reduced by tackling poverty and school exclusion.

Related links

ESYTC homepage

ESYTC Case Study

Related postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice