Dr Ellie Bates

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Research Fellow
Research Staff
Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Dr Ellie Bates is a Research Fellow in Criminology with the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) where she is part of a research team focusing on the Crime and Victimisation Research Strand.

Prior to returning to full time study and completing her MSc and PhD, Ellie worked in the not-for-profit and public sector, most recently, as a research officer in local government.

Ellie’s broad research interests are crime and place, crime trajectories, geo-visualisation and exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA). Ellie is interested in critically and reflexively combining research approaches from geography, geographical information science and criminology. She has a particular interest in advanced methods in quantitative criminology. Her doctoral thesis: “Vandalism: a crime of place” considered why there are high and low levels of vandalism in different urban places year in and year out taking a multidisciplinary and mixed method approach. The research made extensive use of mapping, visualisation and spatial analysis techniques, in particular Local Moran’s I and Gi* (Local Indicators of Spatial Association – LISA) to highlight places where there were consistently high and low levels of vandalism over a six year period. This was complemented by group trajectory analysis and use of focus groups.