Jamie Buchan

Lecturer in Criminology

Napier University


Following a Masters degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Edinburgh, Jamie completed a PhD on the restructuring of community justice in Scotland. Underpinned by the 2016 Community Justice (Scotland) Act, the policy will abolish the eight regional Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) and replace them with a two-tier system of local partnerships and the new national body Community Justice Scotland. Believed to be the first empirical research on the policy, the project used qualitative interviews with various practitioners and politicians to consider the genesis and implications of the policy.

Jamie is a Lecturer in Criminology at Edinburgh Napier University, where he mainly teaches Comparative and International Criminology and Criminological Theory on the BA Criminology degree, as well as carrying out some teaching on other social science courses. His research interests include penal policy and politics, community penalties, the ‘penal field’, qualitative methods and the development of community-oriented and partnership approaches to crime control.

Keywords: Community justice, Penal policy, Qualitative research methods, Probation, Scottish justice policy

List of relevant publications:

Buchan, J., 2016. ‘Justice, Empowerment and Community in Scotland’, Scottish Justice Matters, Vol. 4(2): 19-20.


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Napier University

School of Life, Sport and Social Science
Sighthill Campus
9 Sighthill Court
Edinburgh Napier University
EH11 4BN

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