Dr Kath Murray

Research associate
Research Staff
School of Law
The University of Edinburgh
Law School Annex
15 Buccleuch Place

Kath Murray’s PhD, ‘The Proactive Turn: Stop and Search in Scotland’, examined stop and search practices in Scotland and the effects of search encounters on public attitudes towards the police.

The aim of this ESRC/PhD Scottish Government funded project PhD was to deepen understanding of stop and search in a Scottish context. The project examined the expansion of search powers in the post-war period; the contemporary patterning of stop and search; the ways in which stop and search is regulated and accounted for; and the politics and policies that underpin search practices. It concluded with a series of policy recommendations.

Working Papers

2010, ‘Police Legitimacy and Policing Public Protest’ University of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 2010/36, Social Science Research Network Online at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1709401

Book chapters

Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Hough, M. and Murray, K. (in press). ‘Policing by Consent and Public Compliance with the Law: Notes on Legal Legitimacy and Cynicism’, in Crawford, A. and Hucklesby, A. (eds.) Legitimacy and Compliance, Routledge.

SSRN preview at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1717812

Briefing papers

2011 ‘Exploring public confidence in policing using the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey’ [online] http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/document/Kath%20Murray%20report%20final(1).pdf


What drives public confidence in Policing? Survey measures and search encounters, Scottish Government seminar, January 2012

Out of sight, out of mind: Police stop and search in Scotland, Youth in Crisis Conference, University of the West of Scotland, 21st February 2012.

A Searching Question: The future of stop and search in Scotland, Scottish Government Seminar, January 2013


2011 Essay prize: Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) ‘Stop and search in Scotland and young people’s perceptions of police fairness’

2011 PhD Poster Competition, Edinburgh School of Law. Joint first prize.

Keywords: Policing, stop and search, young people