Dr Katrina Morrison

Lecturer in Criminology (Edinburgh Napier University), Learning and Development Researcher (Scottish Prison Service) (fixed term)


Katrina’s research interests lie in the different influences (political, expert knowledge, public opinion, and democratic pressures), which influence criminal justice policy and practice. Specifically, Katrina is interested in Scottish community justice reform, penal change, and how practitioners learn from evidence and best practice.

Katrina is a part-time lecturer in criminology at Edinburgh Napier, where she has been since December 2012. Katrina is also a part-time Learning and Development Researcher with the Scottish Prison Service, fixed term till April 2017. Before then Katrina worked with the SCCJR (University of Glasgow) on a project examining the policing and security of the G2014. She studied for her BA (hons) in sociology and social policy at the University of Edinburgh, and received the James Clerke Memorial prize for best social policy dissertation on the topic of introducing restorative justice practices in Scottish criminal justice. Katrina continued onto the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, where her dissertation examined the history of rehabilitation in Scottish prisons. Katrina’s PhD, also at the University of Edinburgh examined the effects of devolution on Scottish criminal justice, drawing on theoretical frameworks from social and political sciences and interviews from criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners.

Key Publications:

  • Morrison, K. (forthcoming) ‘Book Review: McNeill, Fergus and Robinson, Gwen (eds.), Community Punishment: European Perspectives’. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 16 (5).
  • Morrison, K. and Sparks, R. (2015) ‘Research, knowledge and criminal justice policy: the Scottish experience’. In: Croall, H., Mooney, G., & Munro, M. (eds.) Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. London: Palgrave.
  • Morrison, K. (2015) ‘The management of community justice services in Scotland: policy-making and the dynamics of central and local control’. In: Wasik, M. and Sotirios, S. (eds) The Management of Change in Criminal Justice: Who Knows Best? London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Jamieson, F., Morrison, K., Schinkel, M., Sparks, R. (2010) ‘United Kingdom / Scotland’ in Crime and Punishment around the world. Vol 4, pp 380 – 389.



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Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Court, 2.B.15, EH11 4BN

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