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Evaluation of the Women in Focus Programme

The Women in Focus Programme is aimed at reducing the number of women imprisoned from the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority area by offering additional support within the framework of a statutory order. The research, funded by the South West Scotland Community Justice Authority, is assessing the effectiveness of the programme in reducing levels of breach and levels of custody...

A profile of female offenders within the Lothian and Borders

Understanding the characteristics and needs of women in the criminal justice system is a first step towards the development of effective interventions and services that can divert female offenders from imprisonment and support their desistance from crime. This study, funded by the Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority, described and analysed the characteristics and needs of women...

Analysis of Supervision Skills by Juvenile Justice Workers

This research, funded by the Australian Criminology Research Council, is examining the nature and effectiveness of different styles of supervision of offenders. The research is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Juvenile Justice in New South Wales. The study sample will include 50 juvenile justice workers and 200 juvenile justice clients (four clients for each worker). Data...

User Views of Punishment

Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University) and Beth Weaver (Strathclyde University) are conducting research, in cooperation with the Scottish Prison Service, into the experience of doing short prison sentences and community-based sentences (probation, community service). We want to know what those affected by these punishments are going through and how such sentences help or hinder the ability to...

Ethnography Reading Group

This group is for anyone interested in, using or even sceptical of ethnographic research methods in any area of research, criminological or otherwise. We meet about every 6-8 weeks (in Glasgow) to discuss suggested readings of articles, chapters and books. We have begun to consider presenting our own work as a way of learning about a variety of ethnographic methods in different contexts, and...

Working Lunches at Ivy Lodge

Working Lunches are held from 12.30pm to 2pm on Wednesdays in the ASRF Meeting Room, 66 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow.  They provide an informal space in which to discuss research ideas, whether this comes from work in progress, work we are thinking about doing or a common reading. We welcome visitors and have a small budget to offset costs of travel for anyone seeking a forum in which to discuss...

Economics of Crime

Running from June 2009 through to the end of August 2010 the economics of crime project seeks to extend the current knowledge on the economic impact of crime. The project hopes to further understanding by combining two unique data sets one on crime and the other on house sales in the same geographical area. The outputs from the project will involve academic papers and research proposals to extend...

Building Safer Communities: ESRC Engaging with Scottish Local Authorities initiaitve

This collaborative project between the Scottish Community Safety Network and the Universities of Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh aims to support the delivery of community safety interventions across Scotland. A key output is the production of a high quality website designed to support the building of practitioner capacity. The website contains ‘Practice Notes’, in which community safety...

Different Systems, Similar Outcomes? Tracking Attrition in Reported Rape Cases

This project, led by Professor Liz Kelly and Jo Lovett of CWASU, London Metropolitan University was funded under the European Commission, Daphne II Programme. The project set out to research attrition of rape cases in the European context, across 11 countries with varying judicial systems and cultures. The research sought to explore in detail the factors involved in attrition of rape cases and...

The International Market in Illicit Antiquities

Simon Mackenzie has conducted two empirical research projects into looted antiquities to date.  The first was a study of the regulatory structure which governs the international market, coupled with a focus on dealers and their role in creating and sustaining demand for illicit artefacts (2001-2004). Output from this study can be found in several journal articles as well as in the book Going,...

Consensus / Consenso

SCCJR, in collaboration with Xunta de Galicia, Spain and 4 other international partners, were awarded a grant under the European Commission, DG Freedom, Justice and Security: Framework Partnership ‘Prevention of and Fight Against Crime 2007’ for a project identifying, analysing and disseminating existing good practices in restorative juvenile justice across six...

Policy Responses to Gender Based Crime in Scotland

Michele Burman and Jenny Johnstone in collaboration with Janette de Haan and Jan Macleod, of the Women’s Support Project received a research grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for a project entitled Responding To Gender-Based Violence In Scotland : The Scope Of The Gender Equality Duty To Drive Cultural And Practical Change ‘ The project summarised current...

Community Policing in Scotland

This AHRC funded knowledge transfer project runs from Jan 2009 to Dec 2011. It involves working with the Scottish police to interrogate available conceptual models of community policing and develop best practice in Scotland. The project has its own website at http://police.sccjr.ac.uk/ It involves a range of activities and outputs which will be posted to that site through the life of the project.

Young Women and Violence

Members of SCCJR are involved in ongoing scholarship on young women and violence. Funded projects have included: ‘A View from the Girls: Exploring Violence and Violent Behaviour’ (Michele Burman, Kay Tisdall, Jane Brown & Susan Batchelor, ESRC Violence Research Programme) ‘Pathways Through Violence: Young Women Incarcerated for Violent Offences’ (Susan...

Alcohol Misuse and Domestic Abuse

This study was commissioned by former NHS Argyll & Clyde Alcohol and Drug Action Team to explore current research and practice in relation to domestic abuse and alcohol misuse, in order to assist development of an alcohol counselling component of an integrated service for working with male victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Inverclyde. A final report was submitted in July...

Racism and social marginalisation research study

Discrimination and social marginalisation are major stumbling blocks to integration and community cohesion. In particular, discrimination and racial abuse can lead to social marginalisation and alienation that, in turn, might be one set of factors leading some individuals to develop attitudes, and even activities, supporting criminal movements and their use of violence. With funding from the...

Youth Gangs and Knife Carrying

In 2008, SCCJR were awarded a research grant of £155,000 by the Scottish Government to undertake ethnographic research exploring the nature of youth gang involvement, and the nature of knife carrying by young people in Scotland, and the roles that such activities may play in young peoples’ everyday lives. The research took place in five locations across Scotland and involved a...

Families of Nations and Criminal Justice Outcomes

There is a long history within Social Policy of identifying groups of countries who share common policy outcomes (typified by the work of Gøsta Esping-Andersen, 1990, and Francis Castles, 1998). This work built on the recent work of Paul Norris (2007) by looking at how the groups of nations identified in other areas of Social Policy may relate to differences in criminal justice...

Using the Scottish Offenders Index for Research

The Scottish Offenders Index (SOI) has not received the same level of academic interest as the Offenders Index for England and Wales. SCCJR has produced a report looking at what information is held in the SOI and the strengths and limitations of different statistical techniques that could be used to analyse these data. It is anticipated that this initial developmental work will form...

Analysing the Scottish Crime Survey Over Time

This work examined how, in the absence of true longitudinal data, responses from different years of the Scottish Crime Survey can be combined to provide an insight into changing underlying patterns of victimisation or attitudes to the criminal justice system in Scotland. This research is currently focussed on the topic of whether changes in the amount of crime reported to the police are a...