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Dr Alistair Henry

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Senior Lecturer in Criminology


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Research Leave 2023-2024

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 9697


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Alistair Henry is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in Edinburgh Law School. Between 2010-2018 he acted as an Associate Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), where he chaired the Police Community Relations Network. He currently coordinates the Edinburgh/SIPR Brokering Group - connecting Edinburgh University colleagues with interests in policing..

Current Research Interests

Alistair's main research interests are around the sociology of policing, local policing, partnership working and community engagement, governance and accountability of police and public sector agencies, and the development of collaborative academic-practitioner research agendas. He is also interested in interaction ritual theory, social learning theories, and visual and literary representations of crime and justice.

Research Interests

Alistair has broad interests within the fields of criminology, police studies and social theory. Particular areas of interest that shape both his research and his teaching include:

  • Interaction ritual and police encounters
  • Policing and community policing
  • Social learning and communities of practice in organisations
  • Governance and accountability
  • Partnership working across organisational boundaries
  • Academic-practitioner collaborations
  • Reflexivity and social scientific methods

Accepting PhD students

I am open to discussing PhD opportunities with potential candidates in relation to any of my noted research interests. At present I have particularly strong interests in the local governance of crime, governance and accountability mechanisms in policing, democratic governance of the police, the effects of police reform, policing in times of austerity, and partnership working and how to make it more effective in practice.