Dr Alistair Fraser

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Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology
Research Staff & Associate Directors
Phone number:
0141 302 4303
Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR
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Alistair Fraser is Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Postgraduate Convenor of Criminology and Associate Director of SCCJR (International Mobility) at the University of Glasgow. His work focuses on three main areas: youth, gangs and street culture; urban ethnography and qualitative methods; and global and comparative criminology. His first book, ‘Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City’ (2015, Oxford University Press) was co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize and shortlisted for the BBC/BSA ‘Thinking Allowed’ Award for Ethnography. His second book, ‘Gangs & Crime: Critical Alternatives’, was published in 2017 by Sage. He has received funding from the ESRC, RGC (Hong Kong), British Academy and Scottish Government. From 2017-2018, Alistair was one of the BBC’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ and collaborated with BBC producers to create a series of broadcasts on themes of youth and gangs. Most recently, Alistair was lead author on a major new report with SCCJR colleagues on the ‘Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland’.