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Dr Anna Souhami

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

BA, MSc, PhD

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2024

Email: anna.souhami@ed.ac.uk

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Dr Anna Souhami is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Head of the Criminology subject area and Associate Director (Edinburgh) of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). Her research focuses on the sociology of criminal justice organisations, in particular in the areas of youth justice and policing, and she specialises in ethnographic methodologies. Her current research is an ethnography of policing in the remote Northern islands of Scotland. Through extended fieldwork in two remote archipelagos, her research explores how order is maintained in remote island communities and the role and culture of police work within it.

Anna previously conducted a study of policy making in central government through an extended ethnographic study of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), the public body responsible for the oversight of the English and Welsh youth justice system. Her previous research in youth justice explored the formation and operation of Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), the multi-agency organisations which deliver youth justice services throughout England and Wales. She is the author of Transforming Youth Justice: occupational identity and cultural change (Willan, 2007) and (with Janet Foster and Tim Newburn) of a major Home Office research study of policing in England and Wales after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. 

Anna's most recent grants include a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (2016-17), and a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust small grant (2016-17). She has previously been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2013-14) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2004-2007). She has a PhD from the Department of Criminology, University of Keele, an MSc in Social Policy and Administration from LSE and a BA in Literae Humaniores (Classics) from Oxford University.   Anna is a member of the British Journal of Criminology editorial board. From 2009-2014 she was external examiner on the Professional Doctorate in Leadership in Children and Young People's Services at the University of Bedfordshire, and in 2016 the external examiner for the Youth Justice programme at the Open University. She is currently external examiner for the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester.

Anna teaches on a number of criminology undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including those on the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her current PhD students include Emily MannDaniela Rodriguez Guttierez and Estelle Clayton, and she welcomes applications from prospective PhD students.