Evidence, Statistics and Trends
Across SCCJR we make use of existing data sets to explore trends and improve our understanding of crime and justice. We have particular methodological expertise in quantitative criminological research, developing statistical analysis and data modelling. Our work in this area includes analysis of prison statistics, modelling offending behaviour and analysing large data sets, such as the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. We support the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime , a prospective longitudinal study of youth offending based at the University of Edinburgh and have been actively involved in auditing existing Scottish data sources, including the reviewing the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.
Hate crime in Scotland is underreported, SCCJR report finds
28th September 2016
A new report for the SCCJR has found that levels of hate crime in Scotland are higher than official figures suggest, and called for more research to provide a clearer picture of the problem. SCCJR PhD student Maureen McBride has produced a Review of the Evidence on Hate Crime and Prejudice to support the work of the independent advisory group set up by the Scottish Government in 2015. She found...
Award nod for Dr Kath Murray recognises huge impact of stop-and-search work
11th May 2016
The SCCJR’s Dr Kath Murray has been shortlisted for a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) prize for her agenda-setting work on police stop-and-search practices. The Economic and Social Research Council’s Celebrating Impact Prize recognises and rewards researchers whose work has made a real difference to society or the economy. Kath’s PhD research on stop...
AQMeN training events showcase Scottish crime data
15th March 2016
Two crime-related training events are to be staged this spring by AQMeN (the Applied Quantitative Methods Network), of which the SCCJR’s Professor Susan McVie is director. The first, Introduction to the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) time trends data, will take place on April 18 in the University of Edinburgh’s Appleton Tower. The...
SASO lecture: Where have all the young offenders gone?
26th October 2015
SCCJR PhD student Ben Matthews will deliver a public lecture next month titled ‘Where have all the young offenders gone?’ as part of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending (SASO) series. The lecture, which is free and open to all, will take place on Tuesday November 3 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in the city’s Chambers Street. Ben will draw on the findings from his...
Crime Statistics Published – Year to September 2013
24th January 2014
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have today published the crime statistics release ‘Crime in England and Wales, year ending September 2013’ available on the ONS Crime and Justice webpage. Also published today are ‘police recorded crime open data’ broken down by Community Safety Partnership (CSP) area, police force area quarterly period and individual offence code, from 2002/03.
Ministry of Justice – Summary of Review on Quality in Probation Supervision now published
12th March 2012
The review looked at quality in relation to probation supervision in different countries, looking at how it is seen by both supervisors and service users. Please click to access Report...
A new survey backs up the Reading the Riots findings that adversarial police tactics risk the legitimacy of legal authorities
15th December 2011
Justice Analytical Services monthly bulletin November 2011
5th December 2011
Justice Analytical Services (JAS), Scottish Government, are producing a new monthly bulletin: ‘Monthly Safer Communities and Justice Brief”. The bulletin will provide facts and figures on a range of topics including: Crime, Policing, Drugs, Community Safety, Criminal and Civil Proceedings and Offender Management. This month’s feature is: ‘Results from the...
Fergus McNeill discusses Knife Crime on Good Morning Scotland (Wed 10 March 2010)
10th March 2010
SCCJR’s Fergus McNeill discussed kniife crime and crime statistics on Good Morning Scotland on Wednesday 10th March. This discussion can be heard again until 17 March by clicking here. To hear the discussion on Knife Crime move the time to 1:49.50.
Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN): Join the network
11th November 2009
The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) is a network of people who have a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. SCCJR’s Susan McVie is the director the AQMen and the Network is led by a group of academics from eight Scottish Universities. AQMen’s activities are aimed primarily at Scottish...
AQMeN is an ESRC funded network of around 1400 people with a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. The main aim of AQMeN is to build capacity in quantitative expertise amongst the social science community of Scotland. The Network is led by a group of academics from eight of the Scottish Universities and its...
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...
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.
Comparing Crime Surveys Across the UK
The United Kingdom is covered by three separate crime surveys, the British Crime Survey (which covers England and Wales), the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and the Northern Ireland Crime Survey. Although these surveys share common origins and have many similarities they have differences which reflect the nature of criminal justice processes and policy interests within the separate...
SCJS User Guide
SCCJR worked in partnership with the Scottish Government to create a “user guide” for researchers who wish to conduct secondary analysis of the Scottish Crime Survey datasets. This guide covered a range of topics, including how to access the data, how to find commonly used variables and how to weight the data prior to analysis. It also included examples of common types of...
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...
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...
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...
Scottish Prisons Commission Report
In July 2008, the Scottish Prisons Commission published its report, setting out an ambitious vision of penal reform. Sarah Armstrong and Fergus McNeill acted as academic advisers during the latter stages of the Commission’s work. The report, ‘Scotland’s Choice: Report of the Scottish Prisons Commission’, argued that a nation’s use of prison is partly an expression of...
Scoping Study into Quantitative Methods Capacity Building in Scotland
This scoping study was funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council. The research was carried out in early 2007 by a multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Edinburgh, led by Susan McVie of the School of Law and SCCJR. The other co-applicants were Professor Anthony Coxon, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Social & Political...
Metaphors in Policy
Metaphors are not merely ornamental, they fundamentally shape how we know things. The use of passive language and particular prepositions when discussing womens’ offending (see the report ‘Women Offenders: A Safer Way’), for example, is the deployment of a metaphor of women as victims. The metaphors used to describe integration of public sector activities, such as...
Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons: A Research Briefing Paper
The full report on which this summary is based can be found on the SCCJR website. The research involved an international review of literature and examination of existing policy, law and practice around employment in Scottish prisons carried out from March 2017 to December 2017. The aim of the work is to explore how the SPS addresses the need for, and right to, employability and employment and to...
A Review of the Evidence on Hate Crime and Prejudice: Report for the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion
McBride, M. (2016). A Review of the Evidence on Hate Crime and Prejudice: Report for the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion. SCCJR Research Report: 07/2016
Policing in Cool and Hot Climates: Legitimacy, Power and the Rise and Fall of Mass Stop and Search in Scotland
Murray, K. and Harkin, D. (2016) ‘Policing in Cool and Hot Climates: Legitimacy, Power and the Rise and Fall of Mass Stop and Search in Scotland’ in British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 26, No. 3
Domestic abuse, crime surveys and the fallacy of risk: Exploring partner and domestic abuse using the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
MacQueen, S (2016) 'Domestic abuse, crime surveys and the fallacy of risk: Exploring partner and domestic abuse using the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey' in Criminology and Criminal Justice (advance online access) DOI: 10.1177/1748895816634410
Comparing trends in convictions and non-court disposals in Scotland
Matthews, B (2016) ‘Comparing trends in convictions and non-court disposals in Scotland’, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.4 no.1. p.11-12
Is Poverty Reflected in Changing Patterns of Victimisation in Scotland?
McVie, S., Norris, P. and Pillinger, R. (2015) Is Poverty Reflected in Changing Patterns of Victimisation in Scotland?, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.6-7
The Reproduction of Poverty
McAra, L. and McVie, S. (2015) The Reproduction of Poverty, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.4-5
Does Place Matter?
Bates, E. (2015) Does Place Matter?, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.9-10.
To legislate or not to legislate? Stop and search for alcohol for under-18s: a review of the evidence
Murray, K. (2015) To legislate or not to legislate? Stop and search for alcohol for under-18s: a review of the evidence. The Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies, 21: 37-55. Available at: http://www.sastudyoffending.org.uk/attachments/article/171/2015.pdf
Has Scotland’s falling crime rate benefited everyone equally?
McVie, S., Norris, P. and Pillinger, R. (2015) ‘Has Scotland’s falling crime rate benefited everyone equally?’ Scottish Justice Matters: Policing in Scotland, June 2015.
Non-statutory stop and search in Scotland
Murray, K. (2014) 'Non-statutory stop and search in Scotland', SCCJR Briefing Paper 6/2014.
Summary of Review on quality in probation supervision
Shapland,J., Bottoms, A., Farrall, S., McNeill, F., Priede, C. and Robinson, G. (2012), Summary of Review on quality in probation supervision, Ministry of Justice.
The Quantification of Prison Population Projections
Armstrong, S. (2012), The Quantification of Fear Through Prison Population Projections. Available at Social Science Research Network.
User Guide: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
MacQueen, S., McVie, S., Bradford, B., and Fohring, S., (2011), Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (2008/09) User Guide, Scottish Government.
Reconviction Among Drug Court Participants
McIvor, G. (2010) Reconviction Among Drug Court Participants, in Review of the Glasgow and Fife Drug Courts: Report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Community Justice Services.
Reconviction Among youth Court and Comparison Cases
McIvor, G. (2010) Reconviction Among youth Court and Comparison Cases, in Review of the Hamilton and Airdrie Youth Courts: Report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government Community Justice Services.
Comparability of the Crime Surveys in the UK: A Comparison of Victimisation and Technical Details
Norris, P & Palmer, J., (2010), Comparability of the Crime Surveys in the UK: A Comparison of Victimisation and Technical Details. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Tackling Addiction: Pathways to Recovery
Yates, R. and Malloch, M.S. (2012) Tackling Addiction: Pathways to Recovery. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Influencing trust and confidence in the London Metropolitan Police: results from an experiment testing the effect of leaflet drops on public opinion
Hohl, K., Bradford, B. and Stanko, E. (2010).‘Influencing Trust and Confidence in the London Metropolitan Police: Results from an Experiment Testing the Effect of Leaflet Drops on Public Opinion.’ British Journal of Criminology 50(3): 491–513.
The drivers of perceptions of anti-social behaviour
Mackenzie, S., Bannister, J., Flint, J., Parr, S., Millie, A., and Fleetwood, J. (2010) The drivers of perceptions of anti-social behaviour. Home Office Research Report (34). ISSN 1756-3666.
Community off-sales provision and the presence of alcohol-related detritus in residential neighbourhoods
Forsyth A. J. M. & Davidson, N. (2010) Community off-sales provision and the presence of alcohol-related detritus in residential neighbourhoods. Health & Place, 16: 2, 349 - 358
Gritos de cerveza, cerveza: el rol de la musica y de los DJs en el control del desorden en los clubes nocturnes [Lager, lager shouting: The role of Music and DJs in Nightclub Disorder
Forsyth A. J. M. (2009) ‘Gritos de cerveza, cerveza’: el rol de la música y de los DJs en el control del desorden en los clubes nocturnes [‘Lager, lager shouting’: The role of Music and DJs in Nightclub Disorder.] Addiciones, 21: 4, 327 - 345
Women, resettlement and desistance
McIvor, G., Trotter, C. and Sheehan, C. (2009), Women, resettlement and desistance. Probation Journal 56(4): 347–361.
Crime as an issue during the 2005 UK general election
Millie, A., (2008), 'Crime as an issue during the 2005 UK general election'.Crime, Media, Culture, 4 (1). pp. 101-111.
Vulnerability and risk: some lessons from the UK Reducing Burglary Initiative
Millie, A. (2008) ‘Vulnerability and risk: Some lessons from the UK Reducing Burglary Initiative’, Police Practice and Research, 9(3) 183-198.
Using Research to Inform Policy: The Role of Public Attitude Surveys in Understanding Public Confidence and Police Contact
Bradford, B., Stanko, E. A. and Jackson, J. (2009), Using Research to Inform Policy: The Role of Public Attitude Surveys in Understanding Public Confidence and Police Contact. Policing (2009) 3 (2): 139-148.
Burman, M.J., and Johnstone, J. (2010) Youth Justice. Series: Practice and policy in health and social care (9). Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh.
Public Space CCTV in Scotland: Results of a National Survey of Scotland’s Local Authorities
Bannister, J., Mackenzie, S., and Norris, P (2009) Public Space CCTV in Scotland: Results of a National Survey of Scotland’s Local Authorities. Project Report. SCCJR Research Report No. 03/2009.
ESRC/SFC Scoping Study into Quantitative Methods Capacity Building in Scotland: Research Report to ESRC and SFC.
McVie, S., Coxon, A. P.M., Hawkins, P., Palmer, J. and Rice, R. (2008). ESRC/SFC Scoping Study into Quantitative Methods Capacity Building in Scotland. University of Edinburgh
Sample Safeguarding Exercise: The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Technical Report No. 4.
McVie, S., McAra, L., and Palmer, J., (2007), 'Sample Safeguarding Exercise', University of Edinburgh.
Criminal Justice Transitions: Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, Research Digest No. 14.
McAra, L., and McVie, S., (2007), 'Criminal Justice Transitions', University of Edinburgh.
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing
Millie, A. and Das, D.K. (eds) (2008) Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement and Policing. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Working Title of PhD: Relationship between inequality and antisocial behaviour in schools in Mexico Year commenced PhD study: 2016 (Full-time) Institution/Organisation: University of Edinburgh Funding Source: CONACyT (Mexican Government) PhD Supervisors: Professor Susan McVie and Dr. Paul Norris Synopsis of PhD: In many Latin American countries, including Mexico,...
Working Title of PhD: Bereavement and imprisonment: an exploration of the experience of grief and loss prior to and during custody Year commenced PhD study: 2017 (Full-time) Institution/Organisation: University of Strathclyde Funding Source: REA Scholarship PhD Supervisors: Sally Paul, PhD and Beth Weaver, PhD Synopsis: This...
Working title of PhD: Collective efficacy and crime in Nuevo Leon: the role of neighbourhood perceptions of the police Year commenced PhD study: January 2018 Institution/Organisation: University of Edinburgh – School of Law Funding Source: CONACYT (Mexican Government) Full or part-time: Full-time PhD Supervisors: Dr. Susan McVie and Dr. Paul Norris Synopsis: The evidence in...
Julie joined the University of Glasgow in January 2018 as Lecturer in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. In her former role she made a series of contributions to policy including co-developing a paper and presenting it to the South African National Planning Commission (NPC) on Achieving Sustained Citizen Safety in South Africa. The submission of the paper informed the National...
Rebecca is a statistician who has moved into Criminology from Education. Criminology is just one of the many social science topics that fascinate her, and she is particularly interested in the relationship between geography and crime. She is currently working on research that looks at trends in patterns of victimisation over time, using data from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. To support...
Prof Lesley McAra
Lesley’s research interests lie in the general areas of the sociology of punishment and the sociology of law and deviance. Particular interests include: youth crime and juvenile justice; gender justice and community well-being; the politics of crime control; and comparative criminal justice. She is Co-Director (with Susan McVie and David Smith) of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and...
Dr Paul Norris
Paul is a lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Research Fellow at SCCJR (May 2007 – July 2009) working as part of the CJ-Quest network. He was awarded his PhD in 2009 for a thesis which focused on the relationship between an individual’s social surroundings and their preferences for policing. His research interests revolve around the...
Ms Sarah MacQueen
Sarah is a Research Fellow with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Sarah’s most recent research focuses on the experiences of, and responses to, violence, and policing. She is currently leading research into the prevalence and risk of domestic violence in Scotland, and the ways in which victims interact with the police and other formal and informal help networks (funded...
Prof Susan McVie
Susan is a Professor of Quantitative Criminology within the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh and leader of the Edinburgh based SCCJR team who specialise in conducting and facilitating high quality quantitative criminological research in Scotland, and developing statistical analysis and data modelling. In addition to SCCJR, Susan is co-director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth...
Dr Ellie Bates
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...