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Criminology at Edinburgh is home to a collegiate and committed group of scholars and students. Building on a distinguished legacy of criminological research at Edinburgh Law School, we take a broad view of the study of criminology and are proud to place equal importance on theoretical and empirical work, on national and international/transnational issues, and on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

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We work collaboratively with policy makers and practitioners (including the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service and the voluntary sector), as well as communities and the wider public to shape how problems of crime and justice are thought about and to build safe and just societies. 

Our current research interests include penal politics, youth crime and justice, crime trends, patterns and inequalities, violence, policing, sentencing, cybercrime, security and surveillance, and global, transnational and comparative criminology. We are home to the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, and the Understanding Inequalities project, which aims to explore the causes and consequences of inequalities in Scottish society and beyond. Our research is supported by two inter-institutional, Scottish research centres: the Scottish Centre of Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).

As well as a range of undergraduate courses, we teach two Postgraduate Masters programmes: an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice; and an MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security. We are especially proud of our PhD community and warmly welcome applications from prospective students.

Andy Aydin-Aitchison, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Sanja Badanjak, Chancellor's Fellow

Jamie Bennett, Honorary Fellow and Deputy Director for Operational Security, HM Prison and Probation Service

John Crichton, Honorary Professor and Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland

Alistair Henry, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

David Garland, Professorial Fellow in Criminology

Fiona Jamieson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Criminology

Richard Jones, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology

Susan McVie, Professor of Quantitative Criminology

Kath Murray, Research Fellow in Criminology

Gill Robinson, Honorary Fellow

Anna Souhami, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Richard Sparks, Professor of Criminology

Milena Tripkovic, Lecturer in Criminology

Journal articles

Controlled delivery of illegal drug parcels in Scotland : Does policing practice align with a public health approach focused on drug-related harm? 
Morales-Gomez, Ana; McVie, Susan; Pantoja Nunez, Fernando. In: Journal of Drug Issues, 05.05.2022. View article

Deal or no-deal? Using administrative data to explore buyer motivation in online drug purchases and its association with community risk factors in Scotland 
Pantoja, Fernando; McVie, Susan; Morales-Gómez, Ana. In: International Journal of Drug Policy, Vol. 103, 103647, 05.2022. View article

Book chapters

Reform and emergent police practice in Scotland : In search of situated policing
Henry, Alistair; Fyfe, Nicholas R. The Abstract Police: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Change in Police Organisations. ed. / Jan Terpstra; Renze Salet; Nicholas R. Fyfe. 1. ed. eleven international publishing, 2022. p. 57-80. View chapter

Edited collections

Crime, Justice, and Social Order : Essays in Honour of A. E. Bottoms
Liebling, Alison (Editor); Shapland, Joanna (Editor); Sparks, Richard (Editor) et al. Oxford University Press, 2022. 448 p. (Clarendon Studies in Criminology). View collection

Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) Legacy
The Applied Quantitative Methods Network improved the understanding of UK social issues by providing independent research-based evidence
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Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime
The Edinburgh Study for Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC) is a research programme that addresses fundamental questions about the causes of criminal and risky behaviours.
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Policing the Pandemic
Policing the Pandemic is an ESRC-funded project that investigates the role of police enforcement in securing compliance with the Health Protection Regulations in Scotland, and the factors associated with non-compliance.
Visit the Policing the Pandemic website

Understanding Inequalities
Understanding Inequalities is an ESRC-funded project aiming to provide robust evidence to help reduce inequalities in Scottish society and beyond.
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Crime, Justice and Society Seminars
The Crime, Justice and Society seminars are a venue for research presentations and discussions on a broad range of topics, and takes up the remit of the former Centre for Law and Society for socio-legal scholarship.
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Edinburgh Futures Institute
The Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) brings together people from across the University of Edinburgh and beyond to grapple with some of the world's most pressing questions.
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Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)
The SCCJR is a collboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde. The SCCJR aims to produce research that informs policy and practice and advances our understanding of justice.
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Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)
SIPR is a strategic collaboration between 14 of Scotland's universities and the Police Service of Scotland, offering a range of opportunities for conducting relevant, applicable research to help the police meet the challenges of the 21st century and for achieving international excellence for policing research in Scotland.
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