Dr Alistair Fraser

Director of SCCJR

Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

University of Glasgow


Alistair Fraser is the Director of SCCJR and Senior Lecturer in Criminology based at the University of Glasgow. His work focuses on three main areas: youth, gangs and street culture; urban ethnography and qualitative methods; and global and comparative criminology.

His first book, ‘Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City’ (2015, Oxford University Press) was co-awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize and shortlisted for the BBC/BSA ‘Thinking Allowed’ Award for Ethnography. His second book, ‘Gangs & Crime: Critical Alternatives’, was published in 2017 by Sage.

He has received funding from the ESRC, RGC (Hong Kong), British Academy and Scottish Government. From 2017-2018, Alistair was one of the BBC’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ and collaborated with BBC producers to create a series of broadcasts on themes of youth and gangs. Most recently, Alistair was lead author on a major new report with SCCJR colleagues on the ‘Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland’.

Alistair is also host of SCCJR’s podcast Just Humans which you can listen to here.

Research interests: young people and youth ‘gangs’; youth violence and youth justice; cultural criminology and sociology of risk-taking; critical and theoretical criminology; criminology and social theory; children’s geographies; youth and social change; ethnography and participatory action-research.


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0141 302 4303

University of Glasgow

Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR


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