Violence, Drugs and Alcohol
Violence is a form of crime which is often, but not necessarily, related to drugs and alcohol misuse. SCCJR’s research on this topic includes work on youth gangs, young women and violence, rape and sexual abuse, alcohol misuse and domestic abuse, and drinking and drug use in the community.
Community’s Most Vulnerable Exploited by Serious Organised Crime Groups
4th June 2018
The changing face of serious organised crime, its impact in communities and the potential for local services to prevent exploitation, have been highlighted in new research. The 18-month study, which...
What kind of services would help Scotland’s older drug users?
26th August 2016
The needs of older high-risk drug users are highlighted in a new report by the SCCJR’s Dr Colin Atkinson, who has reviewed the literature on service responses to this distinct group. Dr Atkinson’s report looks at academic research from around the world, with the aim of informing planning and policy for Scotland’s older drug-using population. The demographic of drug users in Scotland...
We’re hiring! University of Stirling seeks Lecturer in Criminology
18th July 2016
Fancy joining the SCCJR? The University of Stirling is seeking to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Criminology to work in collaboration with the new Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research. The successful candidate will have teaching and research interests in the area of addictions, and a strong commitment to education and research in criminology. The new lecturer will be an...
Rehabilitation Work by Hannah Graham: ‘A truly remarkable achievement’
13th June 2016
A new book by SCCJR and University of Stirling criminologist Dr Hannah Graham has been hailed as “a truly remarkable achievement” and an “important contribution to the recovery and desistance literature”. Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery reveals compelling differences between official and institutional accounts of rehabilitation work, and the...
Scottish Community Safety Network
1st November 2012
Scottish Community Safety Network SCCJR works with the Scottish Community Safety Network to ensure that up to date thinking and evidence on crime and justice issues is shared with network members and that the work of our academics is informed by the concerns and experiences of network members.
Alcohol, Glass and Violence (Alasdair Forsyth)
30th October 2012
Alcohol, Glass and Violence (Alasdair Forsyth) Alasdair Forsyth has conducted a range of research projects focusing on the links between alcohol-related glass, and its role in increasing the severity of violence, and in other forms of anti-social behaviour or injury risk. This initially involved an exploration of the impact of introducing drinking vessels manufactured in mediums other than...
A new survey backs up the Reading the Riots findings that adversarial police tactics risk the legitimacy of legal authorities
15th December 2011
New SCCJR Research Report No.05/2011
1st December 2011
Interventions for Drug Users in the Criminal Justice System: Scottish Review The purpose of this review was to examine the available research evidence on criminal justice interventions in Scotland in terms of „effectiveness‟, (measured by rates of reconviction/reoffending, and reductions in drug use) and costs. The review also recognises the current policy emphasis on...
Young People and Male Violence Against Women
25th May 2010
SCCJR associate Nancy Lombard presented about her research about 11-12 year olds and their attitudes about male violence against women at a seminar held at Stirling University on the 25 May 2010. The slides from her presentation are available here. For details about Nancy’s research interests see http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/associates/Ms-Nancy-Lombard/299...
Alasdair Forsyth in The New Scientist on drug-related moral panics
30th April 2010
SCCJR’s Alasdair Forsyth was recently interviewed for an article about methodrone in the New Scientist about his work ondrug related moral panics. Alasdair’s 10-year review of drug deaths in Scotland was reported, which showed that the chances of newspapers reporting a death from an overdose of paracetamol (acetaminophen) was 1 in …250, a death from amphetamine was 1...
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.
Reconviction among Drug Court participants
The aim of the project was to assess whether the pilot drug courts had successful in bringing about reductions in re-offending by comparing drug court reconviction rates with reconviction rates among similar offenders sentenced elsewhere. The analysis compared recidivism among drug court participants sentenced over a period of 4 years with reconviction among offenders given DTTOs in Glasgow and...
Reconviction among young people sentenced in the pilot Youth Courts
This project was to assess whether the pilot Youth Courts were more effective in bringing about reductions in recidivism, reconviction among Youth Court cases was compared with reconviction among three other groups of cases: those sentenced in the sheriff summary court and those sentenced in two comparator Sheriff Summary Courts over a similar period of time. The work was requested by the...
Learning about alcohol: Influences of family context
This project is due for completion in 2010, and was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Alasdair Forsyth is a co-applicant along with Derek Heim of Central Lancashire University, principle investigators being Oona Brookes, Douglas Eadie, Susan MacAskill and Sam Punch of the University of Stirling. The project built upon a previous study, in which Alasdair was an advisor, and in this he...
Youth Violence in Scotland
In November 2009, SCCJR were commissioned by the Scottish Government to identify and collate available qualitative and quantitative research data and information about youth violence in Scotland. The review draws on available sources of data from administrative sources (recorded crime, criminal proceedings, school exclusions, referrals to the Children’s Hearings System) and from the...
Audit of a sample of alcohol outlets in Glasgow
This project was conducted in collaboration with Anne Ellaway and Laura MacDonald of the MRC Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow. This built on a previous collaboration examining the spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow, and used digital photography to make a visual record of the exterior of each off-sales premises in the city during one week in October 2009,...
A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Drivers of Perception of Anti-Social Behaviour
This rapid evidence assessment was requested and funded by the Home Office in 2009. Non-SCCJR colleagues John Flint and Sadie Parr were also members of the project team. The report is available here...
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...
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...
Pathways to Recovery Seminar Series
Margaret Malloch and Rowdy Yates (Scottish Addiction Studies) Pathways to Recovery is a unique series of seminars bringing some of the leading figures in the addiction field to debate the issue of "recovery" – what does recovery mean; can recovery be achieved; and if so, how? Over a six-month period in 2008, Pathways to Recovery will bring together practitioners, academics...
Drinking and Drug Use in the Community: A Survey of Young Offenders, 2007
This project was conducted in collaboration with Bill McKinlay, the Governor of HMP Barlinnie, and staff at Polmont YOI. Data collection builds upon similar surveys conducted by Bill during 1979 and 1996. The Scottish Prison Service published the report of the project in 2009. To view details and download the final report click here.
“I’m there to play music not break up fights”: gigging entertainers’ experiences of alcohol-related misbehaviour by audiences and its impact on performance
Forsyth, A., Lennox, J.C. and Cloonan, M. (2016). ‘”I'm there to play music not break up fights”: gigging entertainers’ experiences of alcohol-related misbehaviour by audiences and its impact on performance’. Popular Music, 35, pp 245-264. DOI:10.1017/S0261143016000088.
Interventions for Drug Users in the Criminal Justice System: Scottish Review
Malloch, M. (2011), Interventions for Drug Users in the Criminal Justice System, SCCJR Research Report, No.05/2011.
The impact of drug-related death on staff who have experienced it as part of their caseload: An exploratory study
Mcauley, A. and Forsyth, A.J. (2010), The impact of drug-related death on staff who have experienced it as part of their caseload: An exploratory study. Journal of Substance Use, Informa Healthcare, Vol. 16, No. 1 , Pages 68-78.
Pre-teens learning about alcohol: drinking and family contexts
Eadie, D., MacAskill, S., Brooks, O., Heim, D., Forsyth, A. and Punch, S.(2010), Pre-teens learning about alcohol: drinking and family contexts. JRF.
The use of off-trade glass as a weapon in violent assaults by Young Offenders
Forsyth, A. J. M., Khan, F. & McKinlay, W. (2010), The use of off-trade glass as a weapon in violent assaults by Young Offenders, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 2010, 12 (4).
‘Glassing’ – the invisible danger
Forsyth, A. J. M., (2010), 'Glassing' - the invisible danger; Injury prevention, Vol 16, supplement 1, A4. 10.1136/ip.2010.029215.014
Drug Courts: Lessons from the UK and Beyond
McIvor, G. (2010) 'Drug Courts: Lessons from the UK and Beyond'. In A. Hucklesby and E. Wincup (eds) Drug Interventions in Criminal Justice. Maidenhead: Open University Press; 135 - 160.
Book Review: A History of Drugs by T. Seddon
McIvor, G. (2010), Review; 'A History of Drugs. By Toby Seddon', (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010,), In:British Journal of Criminol (2010) 50(5): 994-997.
Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland
Bannister, J., Pickering, J,, Batchelor, S., Burman, M., Kintrea, K., and McVie, S. (2010) Troublesome Youth Groups, Gangs and Knife Carrying in Scotland. Project Report. Scottish Government.
Gang Membership and Knife Carrying: Findings from The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime
McVie., S., (2010), Gang Membership and Knife Carrying: Findings from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. 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.
Tackling Addiction: Pathways to Recovery
Yates, R. and Malloch, M.S. (2012) Tackling Addiction: Pathways to Recovery. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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
Girls, gangs and violence: Assessing the evidence
Batchelor, S. (2009) Girls, gangs and violence: assessing the evidence.Probation Journal, 56 (4). pp. 399-414. ISSN 0264-5505 (doi:10.1177/0264550509346501)
Evidencing sexual assault: Women in the witness box
Burman, M.J. (2009) Evidencing sexual assault: women in the witness box.Probation Journal, 56 (4). pp. 379-398.
Anti-social behaviour in British cities
Millie, A. (2008) ‘Anti-social behaviour in British cities’, Geography Compass, 2(5) 1681-1696.
The socio-spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in Glasgow city
Ellaway, A., Macdonald, L., Forsyth, A. and Macintyre, S. (2009), The socio-spatialdistribution of alcoholoutlets in Glasgow City. Health & Place, 16 (2010), pp. 167–172
Front, side, and back-loading: Patrons’ rationales for consuming alcohol
Forsyth, A. J. M. (2009) Front, Side and Back-loading: Reasons for drinking alcohol purchased off-premises before during and after attending nightclubs. Journal of Substance Use. DOI: 10.1080/14659890902966497.
Gender differences in the choreography of alcohol-related violence: An observational study of aggression within licensed premises
Forsyth, A. J. M.; Lennox, J. C. (2010) Gender differences in the choreography of alcohol-related violence: An observational study of aggression within licensed premises. Journal of Substance Use, Vol 15(2), 75-88.
Therapeutic jurisprudence and procedural justice in Scottish drug courts
McIvor, G. (2009)‘Therapeutic jurisprudence and procedural justice in Scottish Drug Courts’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 9, 1, 5-25.
The nature and extent of Illegal Drug and Alcohol-related Litter in a Scottish Social Housing Community: A photographic investigation.
Forsyth A. J. M. & Davidson, N. (2009) ‘The nature and extent of Illegal Drug and Alcohol-related Litter in a Scottish Social Housing Community: A photographic investigation’. Addiction Research & Theory.
Alcohol and Violence among Young Male Offenders in Scotland (1979 ‐ 2009)
McKinlay, W., Forsyth, A. J. M. & Khan, F. (2009) Alcohol and Violence among Young Male Offenders in Scotland. SPS Occasional Paper No. 1 / 09. Edinburgh: Scottish Prison Service.
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 Operation and Effectiveness of the Scottish Drug Court Pilots
McIvor, G., Barnsdale, L., Eley, S., Malloch, M., Yates, R. and Brown, A. (2006), The Operation and Effectiveness of the Scottish Drug Court Pilots. Scottish Executive.
Crime and Social Change in Middle England: Questions of Order in an English Town
Girling, E., Loader, I. and Sparks, R. (1999) Crime and Social Change in Middle England: Questions of Order in an English Town. London: Routledge.
Passing The Buck? Are local licensed grocers to blame for alcohol-related incivility in residential communities?
Forsyth, A.J.M., and Davidson, N. (2008) "Passing The Buck? Are local licensed grocers to blame for alcohol-related incivility in residential communities" Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 12 (2008): 63-95.
Alco-pop? The Use of Popular Music in Glasgow Pubs
Forsyth, A. J. M. & Cloonan, M. (2008) Alco-pop?: The Use of Popular Music in Glasgow Pubs. Popular Music and Society, 31: 1, 57 – 78.
An Investigation into the environmental impact of off-licensed premises on residential neighbourhoods
Forsyth, A. J. M., Davidson, N. & Lennox, J. L. (2007) An Investigation into the environmental impact of off-licensed premises on residential neighbourhoods. London: Alcohol Education Research Council.
Book Review: Youth Drinking Cultures: European Experiences by M. Jarvinen and R. Room (eds)
Alasdair J.M.F., (2008), 'Book Review: Youth Drinking Cultures: European Experiences by M. Jarvinen and R. Room (eds)', Probation Journal 55.4 (2008): 411-413.
Assessing the validity of recent estimates of problematic drug use in England
Frisher, F. & Forsyth, A. J. M. (2009) Assessing the validity of recent estimates of problematic drug use in England. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 63: 1, 87-88.
Responding to Drug and Alcohol Problems: Innovations and Effectiveness in Treatment Programmes for Women
Malloch, M. and Loucks, N. (2007) 'Responding to Drug and Alcohol Problems: Innovations and Effectiveness in Treatment Programmes for Women'. In: R. Sheehan, G. McIvor and C. Trotter (eds) What Works with Women Offenders. Cullompton, Devon: Willan; 91 - 109.
Young People’s Street Drinking Behaviour:Investigating the Influence of Marketing & Subculture
Galloway, J., Forsyth, A. J. M. & Shewan, D. (2007) On-line report - Young People’s Street Drinking Behaviour: Investigating the Influence of Marketing & Subculture. London: Alcohol Education Research Council.
Assessing the relationships between late night drinks marketing and alcohol-related disorder in public space
Forsyth, A. J. M. (2006) On-line report - Assessing the relationships between late night drinks marketing and alcohol-related disorder in public space. London: Alcohol Education Research Council.
Banning glassware from nightclubs in Glasgow (Scotland): Observed impacts, compliance and patron’s views
Forsyth, A. J. M. (2008) Banning Glassware from Nightclubs in Glasgow (Scotland): Observed impacts, compliance and patron’s views. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 43: 1, 111 – 117.
Ms Jennifer Hoolachan
Jennifer Hoolachan is a Lecturer in Sociology at Cardiff University and former SCCJR Research Assistant at the University of Stirling. Jenny’s research interests lie across several social science disciplines including sociology, social work, policy, human geography and criminology. In particular her research interests include: drug and alcohol use and its socio-spatial contexts;
Dr Maria Fotopoulou
Maria is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling with research interests in the areas of substance misuse, particularly problem drug use and recovery, gender and drug policy. Her expertise is in qualitative approaches. Maria’s doctoral work explored the experience of becoming a problem drug user in Greece, as well as drug affected parents’ experiences of, and responses to...
Working Title of PhD: The acceptability and feasibility of parenting interventions with female offenders who have a history of substance misuse. Year commenced PhD study: 2014 Institution/Organisation: GCU Funding Source: Studentship Full or part-time: Full time PhD Supervisors: Kerri McPherson, Liz Gilchrist, Carol Emslie Synopsis: It is estimated that 16,500 children are impacted by parental...
Caterine Arrabal Ward
My legal studies include economics, business, criminal law, EU Law, Spanish law, International law and, now, Scots law. I completed a 4 year fulltime PhD in the field of International Criminal Law. I am now sitting the Aptitude Test for European Union lawyers and once I pass this test I will be admitted to the roll of Scottish solicitors without any further period of training. I have worked as a...
Dr Liz Frondigoun
Liz Frondigoun is a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she contributes to the teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in Sociology and Criminology. She currently is Director of Studies for 2 doctoral studies: one examining the role of Community Police and another examining the legal barriers faced by women from ethnic minority backgrounds who are victims of domestic...
September 2014: Dr Judith Ryder, Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology at St John’s University, New York, visited SCCJR for one month in 2014. Dr Ryder’s research specialises in gender and family violence, corrections, and juvenile delinquency. Whilst here, Dr Ryder presented an SCCJR seminar titled: ‘Conflicting relations: Adolescent girls and violent behavior’.
Dr Shadi Whitburn
Shadi’s SCCJR PhD research project looked at the drug trafficking problem around the US-Mexico border communities, where widespread violence, corruption and fear of persecution has forced thousands of Mexican residents to abandon their homes and cross the border into the US in search of protection. The flow of Mexicans fleeing drug-related violence to seek asylum in the US is considered a...
Working Title of PhD: Stigma of alcohol dependency and its impact on recovery Year commenced PhD study: 2012 (Full Time) Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University Full time PhD Supervisors: Professor Paul Flowers, Dr Alasdair Forsyth, Dr Helen Mason Synopsis: Stigma directly associated with alcohol dependency has been seen to deter and prevent treatment seeking (Fortney et al., 2004; Kushner...
Dr Oona Brooks-Hay
Oona is a Lecturer in Criminology at SCCJR, University of Glasgow. She has worked as a researcher and practitioner in the field of gender based violence for over fifteen years. Oona’s main research interests include gender, rape and sexual assault, domestic abuse, legal responses to sexual offences, the prevention of gender based violence, and alcohol. Oona graduated from the University of...
Dr Nancy Lombard
Nancy’s work looks at younger people and men’s violence against women, maintaining that young people’s own position in childhood directly impacts upon how they conceive of, construct and understand such violence. She is one of the founders and coordinators of the Gender Based Violence Research Network (GBVRN), and also an Associate Director of the Centre for Research on Families and...
Dr Heather M Morgan
Heather joined the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen in February 2012. She is a Research Fellow with a multidisciplinary social science background and she contributes to the Delivery of Care programme. Heather specialises in research where technologies meet surveillance/monitoring (including sousveillance/self-monitoring), compliance/deviance and gender. She...
Dr Susan Batchelor
Dr Susan Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, based in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. She is a very experienced youth researcher and research manager, with previous projects including: young people’s attitudes towards sexual violence (Zero Tolerance), girls’ views and experiences of violence (ESRC),...
Dr Alasdair J M Forsyth
Alasdair has been an academic researcher since May 1985, in that time gaining experience while working at a variety of centres including the Addiction Research Group and the Centre for Social Marketing (University of Strathclyde), the Behavioural Sciences Group and the Criminology Research Unit (University of Glasgow) and at the Medical Research Council’s Medical Sociology Unit. He is...
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...
Dr Christine Haddow
Christine’s primary research interests are in the areas of mental health, violence, masculinity, institutional experiences, and recovery and desistance. She is a lecturer in Criminology at Edinburgh Napier University based in the School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences. She has an LLB, MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research...
Prof Michele Burman
Michele, a founding co-director of SCCJR, is Professor of Criminology and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She has held research positions at Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities, as well as within the Scottish Executive where she was a senior research officer in criminology in the central research unit. Michele has a long-standing research...