Dr Ellie Bates

Research Fellow

University of Edinburgh


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 broad research interests are crime and place, crime trajectories, geo-visualisation and exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA). Ellie is interested in critically and reflexively combining research approaches from geography, geographical information science and criminology. She has a particular interest in advanced methods in quantitative criminology. Her doctoral thesis: “Vandalism: a crime of place” considered why there are high and low levels of vandalism in different urban places year in and year out taking a multidisciplinary and mixed method approach. The research made extensive use of mapping, visualisation and spatial analysis techniques, in particular Local Moran’s I and Gi* (Local Indicators of Spatial Association – LISA) to highlight places where there were consistently high and low levels of vandalism over a six year period. This was complemented by group trajectory analysis and use of focus groups.




University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

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