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Research undertaken by members of ELRN crosses a range of disciplines and subjects but has four inter-related areas of concern:

  1. institutional and professional cultures, frameworks and practices;
  2. communities, human geography and built environments;
  3. families and relationships; and
  4. individual health, identity and well-being.

View all ELRN research outputs and activities on Edinburgh Research Explorer

ELRN member Dr Jonathan Hardman published “Articles of Association in UK Private Companies: An Empirical Leximetric Study” European Business Organization Law Review (2021, in press).

ELRN member Dr Edward Dove published an open access monograph on his empirical investigation of NHS research ethics committees: Regulatory Stewardship of Health Research (Edward Elgar, 2020)

ELRN member Prof Sharon Cowan published two empirical legal research outputs: (1) a research report, “The Use of Sexual History, Bad Character Evidence and ‘Private Data’ in Scottish Sexual Offences Trials” (Research Report commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission) and (2) a book chapter entitled “The best place in the world to be trans? Transgender equality and legal consciousness in Scotland”, in Dunne, P. and Raj, S. The Queer Outside in Law (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020)

ELRN member Dr SJ Cooper-Knock published her work on magistrates courts in South Africa and Uganda, which was also the subject of her presentation at the ELRN Colloquium in April 2021: SJ Cooper Knock SJ and A Macdonald, “A summons to the magistrates’ courts in South Africa and Uganda” (2020) 119(447) African Affairs 552–577.

ELRN member Prof Anthony Good (School of Social and Political Science) published an open access edited collection entitled, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), gave a keynote at the University of Siegen in Germany in December 2018 on 'Turning the "Asylum Lottery" on its Head', and was a guest speaker in May 2019 at the annual Immigration Seminar held by Garden Court North chambers in Manchester, speaking on 'Country Experts in the UK Asylum Process'.

ELRN member Dr Andy Aydin-Aitchison published several papers demonstrating empirical legal research, including (with Alistair Henry and Ali Malik) ‘Local Governance in the New Police Scotland: Renegotiating Power, Recognition and Responsiveness’ European Journal of Criminology 2019, 16(4); and presented on the topic at several conferences, including at the 18th Annual European Society of Criminology Conference in Sarajevo in September 2018 (‘ICTY Evidence on Detention Sites’).


Other recent research outputs include:

  • Gadda, A.M., Harris, J., Tisdall, E.K.M., Millership, E. and Kilkelly, U. (2019) ‘Human Rights’ Monitoring and Implementation: how to make rights ‘real’ in children’s lives’, International Journal of Human Rights, 23(3): 317-322, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2018.1558972
  • Gadda, A.M., Harris, J., Tisdall, E.K.M., Millership, E. (2019) ‘‘Making Children’s Rights Real’: Lessons from Policy Networks and Contribution Analysis’, International Journal of Human Rights, 23(3): 392-407, DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2018.1558988
  • Tisdall, E. K. M. (2018) ‘Challenging competency and capacity? Due weight to children’s views in family law proceedings’, International Journal of Children’s Rights, 26(1): 159–182.
  • S. Kheria, ‘An exploration of the dissonance between protection of moral rights in the UK and creative practitioners’ perspectives’ in A. Favreau (ed) ‘La propriété intellectuelle en dehors de ses frontiers’, Larcier (2019).
  • S Kheria, ‘Copyright in the everyday practice of Writers’ in J. Jefferies and S. Kember (eds.) Whose Book Is It Anyway? A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity (Open Book Publishers, 2019), Chapter 7, pp. 141-179.
  • S. Kheria (editor), ‘Special Issue on Intellectual Property Law’, SCRIPT-ed (2019) 15(2); and, Guest editorial: ‘Contemporary Issues at the intersection of intellectual property law and society’ in SCRIPTed (2019) 15(2) pp. 170-174.
  • S. Kheria, ‘Visual Arts: Artists’ voices from the field’ in A. Brown and C. Waelde (eds.), Research Handbook on IP and Creative Industries (Edward Elgar, 2018), Chapter 15, pp. 159–182.