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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

Jamie Bennett, Governor HMP Long Lartin

John Crichton, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Orchard Clinic

Alistair Henry, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

David Garland, Professorial Fellow in Criminology

Babak Jahanshahi, Research Fellow in Criminology

Fiona Jamieson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Criminology

Richard Jones, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Ben Matthews, Research Fellow in Criminology

Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology

Susan McVie, Professor of Quantitative Criminology

Kath Murray, Research Fellow in Criminology

Anna Souhami, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Richard Sparks, Professor of Criminology

Milena Tripkovic, Lecturer in Criminology

Journal articles

Increasing inequality in experience of victimisation during the crime drop : Analysing patterns of victimisation in Scotland from 1993 to 2014-15.
McVie, Susan; Norris, Paul; Pillinger, Rebecca. In: British Journal of Criminology, 17.05.2019. View article

Persistent puzzles : The philosophy and ethics of private corrections in the context of contemporary penality.
Sparks, Richard; Gacek, James. In: Criminology and Public Policy, Vol. 18, No. 2, 12.05.2019, p. 379-399. View article

Achieving cultural change through organizational justice : The case of stop and search in Scotland.
Aston, Elizabeth; Murray, Kath; O’neill, Megan. In: Criminology and Criminal Justice, 27.03.2019 View article

The electronic monitoring of serious offenders : Is there a rehabilitative potential?
Jones, Richard. In: Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, Vol. 97, No. 1, 16.01.2019, p. 85-92. View article

Devolution, departures and destinations : Reflections on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017.
Murray, Kath; Atkinson, Colin. In: Edinburgh Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 01.2019, p. 130-136. View article

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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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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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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