Research Methods and Criminological Theory
SCCJR aims to make significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the academic study of crime and justice. Our methodological work is about improving the way in which we research crime and justice issues whilst our theoretical work involves the attempt to explain criminal behaviour. We have particular methodological expertise on evaluation, ethnography, longitudinal analysis and quantitative criminology. Our theoretical work spans our research interests with particular interests in feminist theory, poststructualism and social theory. The SCCJR Crime and Communites Network is particularly concerned with theoretical issues around defining and understanding the understudied area of civility or pro-social, as opposed to anti-social, behaviour.
C-SAP Project – Final Report, Research Findings and Debates: Capturing and sharing research on-line (28th July 2011)
10th August 2011
This project ran from January – July 2011 and has involved: • Identifying key topics and issues where new research has recently been published and has direct relevant to policy and practice concerns • Recruiting participants willing to be recorded talking about their recent research and contemporary crime and justice issues • Recording, editing and...
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...
New Professional Doctorate
27th October 2009
Professional Doctorate – Glasgow Caledonian University The School of Law and Social Sciences in Glasgow Caledonian University has developed a new 4 year Doctoral programme aimed at professionals occupying, or aspiring to, senior positions in the fields of justice, legal services, social administration and government service. It is designed to provide professionals who wish to enhance their...
Researching Gangs in Glasgow (Presentation at the British Society of Criminology Conference)
8th October 2009
SCCJR’s Alistair Fraser and Colin Atkinson recently presentated to the British Society of Criminology Conference (September 2009) about their experiences of researching gangs in glasgow. A power point of their presentation is available here – www.sccjr.ac.uk/documents/Researching_Gangs_in_Glasgow_-_BSC_June_2009.ppt...
Concepts of Community: Exploring ‘Community’ in Theory, Policy and Practice Imaginaries
Who: Beth Weaver and Gillian MacIntyre, University of Strathclyde; Margaret Malloch, University of Stirling Description of Activity: The conceptualisation and definition of community has been at the centre of ongoing discussion (Cohen, 1989; Day, 2006). The persistent question ‘what is community?’, or ‘how might a community differ from the community?’ have prompted many different answers.
Punishing Spaces, Working Spaces: Artist in Residence at SCCJR
Depictions of crime, and crime science, in popular culture represent the criminologist’s world through a narrow and increasingly hackneyed set of spaces – the crime lab and courtroom offering two examples. In this artistic-academic collaboration, photographer Jenny Wicks will be in residence at the Glasgow University site of SCCJR for ten months (February – November 2012). As an artist her...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS)
CREDOS is an international network of researchers, and policy and practice partners in research, who share a common interest in the effective development of offender supervision. It was established following a seminar in prato, Italy in september 2007. CREDOS aims to support, encourage and engage in high quality, collaborative and comparative research and scholarship exploring: How best to...
Cultural Change in Community Justice
SCCJR was commissioned by the Scottish Government to prepare a brief literature review which explores cultural change in community justice. This is intended to inform the ongoing work of a Performance Improvement Strategy Group which is trying to develop the effectiveness and quality of criminal justice social work in Scotland, as part of the Reducing Reoffending agenda. The basic idea is...
European Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group
The initial meeting of the European Postgraduate Researchers Group took place at the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Conference in Tubingen. The ESC, the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow support the Working Group. The Working Group is primarily aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral...
The View from Unbroken Windows
Nugent, B. (2015) The View from Unbroken Windows, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.14.
When Research and Politics Collide
Murray, K. (2015), When Research and Politics Collide, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.25-26
Research knowledge and criminal justice policy: The Scottish experience
Morrison, R. and Sparks, R. (2015), ‘Research knowledge and criminal justice policy: The Scottish experience’ in Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (eds) Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. Routledge
The Quantification of Prison Population Projections
Armstrong, S. (2012), The Quantification of Fear Through Prison Population Projections. Available at Social Science Research Network.
Anticipated Consequences: Developing a Strategy for the Targeted Measurement of Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits
Hamilton-Smith, L.N. (2002) ‘Anticipated Consequences: Developing a Strategy for the Targeted Measurement of Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits’. In N. Tilley (ed) Evaluation for Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention Studies Vol. 14. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press; 11 - 52.
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.
Community service in Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain: a comparative perspective
McIvor, G., Beyens, K., Blay, E. and Boone, M. (2010) Community service in Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain: a comparative perspective. European Journal of Probation Vol. 2, No.1, 2010, pp 82 – 98.
Social Work in Criminal Justice
McNeill, F., Bracken, D., and Clarke, A. (2010) 'Social Work and Criminal Justice'. In: I. Shaw, K. Briar-Lawson, J. Orme and R. Ruckdeschel (eds) The Sage Handbook of Social Work Research. London: Sage; 447 - 462.
Families of Nations, Victimisation and Attitudes Towards Criminal Justice
Norris, P. (2009) "Families of Nations, Victimisation and Attitudes Towards Criminal Justice", International Review of Victimology. Vol. 16, pp. 229–255.
Respect and City Living: Urban Contest or Cosmopolitanism?
Millie, A. (2009) 'Respect and City Living: Contest or Cosmopolitanism?'. In: A. Millie (ed) Securing Respect: Behavioural Expectations and Anti-Social Behaviour in the UK. Bristol: The Policy Press; 193 - 218.
Burman, M.J., and Johnstone, J. (2010) Youth Justice. Series: Practice and policy in health and social care (9). Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh.
Millie, A. (2009) Anti-Social Behaviour. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities
Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) ‘Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities’’. In: eSharp - Special Issue: Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities. Glasgow: University of Glasgow; 1 - 9.
Self-report Delinquency Surveys in European Countries: Britain and Ireland
McVie, S. (2009) 'Self-report Delinquency Surveys in European Countries: Britain and Ireland'. In: R. Zaubermann (ed) Self-Reported Crime and Deviance Studies in Europe. Current State of Knowledge and Review of Use. Brussels: VUB Press; Chapter 7 155 - 188.
Managing Meaning: Metaphor in Criminal Justice Policy
Armstrong, S. (2009), Managing Meaning: Metaphor in Criminal Justice Policy. SCCJR Working Paper.
Changing Focus: ‘Drug-related Crime’ and the Criminological Imagination
Malloch, M. (2006) ‘Changing Focus: ‘Drug-related Crime’ and the Criminological Imagination’. In: A. Barton, K. Corteen, D. Scott and D. Whyte (eds) Expanding the Criminological Imagination., Cullompten: Willan Publishing; 116 - 125.
The Seductions of Conformity: the Criminological Importance of a Phenomenology of Exchange
Mackenzie, S. (2009) 'The Seductions of Conformity: the Criminological Importance of a Phenomenology of Exchange'. In: R. Lippens and D. Crewe (eds) Existentialist Criminology. London: Routledge; 197 - 221.
More sinned against than sinbin? The forgetfulness of critical social policy?
Bannister, J., Hill, M., & Scott, S. (2007), More sinned against than sinbin? The forgetfulness of critical social policy?. Critical Social Policy, 27 (4), 557-560
Dr Steve Kirkwood
Steve is originally from Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, where he completed an honours degree in English Literature and Psychology and an MSc in Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. His MSc focused on the topic of identity and indigenous rights. He then moved to Edinburgh where he worked as a Research Officer for the Community Justice charity Sacro from 2005-2009, undertaking...
Dr Paul Norris
Paul joined Social Policy as a lecturer in August 2009. Prior to this he worked for two years as a Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 for his thesis “Policing priorities in London: Do Borough Characteristics Make a Difference?” Paul is an associate of both the Scottish Centre for Crime...
Dr Sarah Armstrong
Sarah Armstrong is Senior Research Fellow based at Glasgow University. Her research interests revolve around prisons and punishment: policy processes that shape and sustain them; language practices that inform and construct them; market and governance forces that expand and contain them. She has an ESRC small grant (September 2008 – September 2010) to conduct an ethnography of penal policy and...
Prof Jon Bannister
Jon is professor in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was previously a senior lecturer in Urban Studies at Glasgow University, where he led the Crime and Communities network within SCCJR. Jon’s research interests include civility, tolerance, respect and the management of urban disorder. Crime (youth crime), the fear of crime, crime prevention and 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 OBE FRSE
Susan is Professor of Quantitative Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. She is a longstanding associate of SCCJR and was formerly leader of the CJ Quest team which specialized in conducting high quality quantitative criminological research in Scotland. Susan is Director of the ESRC-funded Understanding Inequalities project which seeks to explore the causes and...
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...
Dr Marguerite Schinkel
I joined SCCJR in October 2013 as an ESRC Future Leader Research Fellow and became a lecturer in June 2017. My research focuses on the meaning of criminal justice sentences in the context of wider lives, the construction of narratives and the impact of this and criminal justice processes on journeys of desistance. My post-doctoral project, Lives Sentenced, examined the experiences of men and...