25th January 2023

We are delighted to announce that Dr Julie Berg has been appointed as the new Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Dr Berg takes over from Professor Alistair Fraser who has led the Centre since January 2020.

Dr Berg, who is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology based at the University of Glasgow, said: “It is a real privilege to be taking on the Directorship of the SCCJR and I am honoured to build on the legacies of our past Directors.

“A big thank you to Professor Ali Fraser for steering us through the trials of the past three years with a patient professionalism, empathy, vision and humour. Under Ali’s keen Directorship, the SCCJR has only thrived through these tough times in responding with agility and innovation to the vagaries of pandemic life, while building our support base and welcoming our new partner, Edinburgh Napier University, on board.

“As I have taken over the helm, I have been overwhelmed and inspired by the immense amount of good work that the SCCJR is, and has been, involved in. When I first started at the SCCJR five years ago, I was grateful to be part of such a collegial and thriving community – I still feel the same way, and my plan is to continue to ensure that the SCCJR is able to thrive, to harness its strengths in moving towards new opportunities, and to build on its international profile.”

Professor Fraser said: “It has been the honour of my life to lead the Centre through the dark tunnel of Covid-19 and beyond. I have learned a lot along the way but most importantly what the ‘Cs’ in SCCJR really stand for: creativity, community, critique, curiosity and care. I pass on the torch to Julie full of confidence and hope, and wish her every success as she turns the page on this new chapter.”

For more information about the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research visit our website https://www.sccjr.ac.uk/ or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @theSCCJR.