Prof Susan McVie OBE FRSE

Professor of Quantitative Criminology, University of Edinburgh


Susan is Professor of Quantitative Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.  She is a longstanding associate of SCCJR and was formerly leader of the CJ Quest team which specialized in conducting high quality quantitative criminological research in Scotland. Susan is Director of the ESRC-funded Understanding Inequalities project which seeks to explore the causes and consequences of social inequalities in Scottish society. She is Co-Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Scotland, an ESRC-funded data linkage investment, with responsibility for developing research involving new linkages with crime and justice data. She is Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a prospective longitudinal study of youth offending based at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. She is also Co-Director of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), which is an established provider of training and capacity building in statistical methods and data analysis within social science.  Susan is involved in the development of several strategic areas of research using advanced statistical modelling and data science.

Susan’s current research interests focus mainly on the study of crime and justice inequalities.  She conducts research into youth crime, deviance and substance use; patterns of and trends in crime through the life-course; systems of justice, including transitions from juvenile to adult criminal justice systems; neighbourhood effects on offending; and the application of quantitative methods in the field of criminology. Her current work involves examining the impact of inequalities in the early years on later life chances and outcomes.  She is examining trajectories of offending and criminal conviction across adolescence and early adulthood; using multi-level modelling to establish the impact of neighbourhood-level effects and dynamics over and above individual-level effects on individual delinquency; and investigating the impact of both juvenile and adult criminal justice systems on the behaviour of and outcomes for those labelled as offenders.



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31 Buccleuch Place
University of Edinburgh

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