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Dr Anna Souhami is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law.

Anna is an ethnographer, and her current research is an ethnography of policing in the remote Northern islands of Scotland. Through extended fieldwork in two remote archipelagos, her research explores how order is maintained in remote island communities and the role and culture of police work within it.

Anna’s previous ethnographies include a study of policy making in central government through an extended ethnography of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), the public body responsible for the oversight of the English and Welsh youth justice system; and a study of the formation and operation of Youth Offending Teams (YOTs), the multi-agency organisations which deliver youth justice services throughout England and Wales; and (with Janet Foster and Tim Newburn at LSE) a major Home Office-funded study of policing in England and Wales to explore the impact the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry.



University of Edinburgh


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

Research Themes

Policing and Security

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

Young People and Youth Justice

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

March 2017

Response from SCCJR to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Questionnaire Review 2017

Response from Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (Sarah MacQueen, Anna Souhami and Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh; Fergus […]

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7th March 2017

SCCJR responds to proposed Scottish Crime and Justice Survey changes

18th January 2017

Anna Souhami researches ‘policing at the periphery’ on Scottish islands

7th April 2016

PhD studentship opportunity: Stop and Search in Scotland