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Alistair is interested in policing, partnership working and community engagement, governance and accountability of police and public sector agencies, and the development of collaborative academic-practitioner research agendas.

A lot of his work draws from social learning theories. He is currently using interaction ritual theory to explore ‘encounters’ with policing. He also has interests in visual and literary representations of crime and justice.

Henry, A. (2021), ‘Interaction rituals and “police” encounters: new challenges for interactionist police sociology’, Policing and Society, 31(9): 1066-1080. http://doi.10.1080/10439463.2020.1791861

Henry, A. (2021), ‘Reflections on knowledge exchange and democratic under-labouring: Encounters, brokering, and the collective impact of engagement’, in T. Daems and S. Pleysier (eds.), Criminology and Democratic Politics. Routledge.

Henry, A., Malik, A. and Aydin-Aitchison, A. (2019), ‘Local governance in the new Police Scotland: Renegotiating power, recognition and responsiveness’, European Journal of Criminology, 16(5): 573-591. https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370819856528



University of Edinburgh


School of Law
University of Edinburgh
Old College,South Bridge

Research Themes

New Media, Surveillance and Technology

Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

Policing and Security

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

March 2024

Digital Deviance/Digital Compliance: Criminology, Social Interaction and the Videogame

This project was funded by SCCJR’s Research Development Fund¬† Introduction and orientations This project sought to begin a process of […]


Community policing: a Review of the Evidence

A review of international evidence on different models of ‘Community Policing’: how and where they are used, and how well […]

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