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Dr Kath Murray

Research Fellow in Criminology

MSc, PhD


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Dr Murray is a criminal justice researcher, with a background in policy-based research, using qualitative and quantitative methods. She completed her doctoral research on police use of stop and search in 2014, for which she received the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Outstanding Early Career Impact prize. She has since undertaken a range of projects, including research on children’s experiences of offending and victimization, public confidence in Scottish policing, the devolution of railway policing and the age of criminal responsibility. She has also worked on the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.    

Dr Murray is interested in police accountability and legitimacy, railway policing and juvenile justice issues. She also writes on the formulation of policy and legislation relating to sex and gender identity in Scotland. As part of the ESRC-funded Understanding Inequalities team, Dr Murray is currently researching conduct disorder problems among Scottish school children, and how these relate to wider structural inequalities.

Twitter: @kathmurray1 @RailwayPolicing