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Katrina is a lecturer in criminology at Edinburgh Napier, where she has been working part-time since December 2012. She was on secondment to the Scottish Prison Service for two years until autumn 2018. She is also a Board member for Howard League Scotland. Her research interests are Scottish penal policy and penal change, professionalisation, prison officers, reintegration from prison. She has secured grants from ESRC , Carnegie Trust and the Scottish Prison Service to explore a range of issues relating to imprisonment and Scottish public policy.

Recent publications

Morrison, K., Buchan, J., & Wooff, A. (2021). The Criminal Justice System in Scotland. In The Oxford Textbook on Criminology. (2nd). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://learninglink.oup.com/access/case2e-student-resources#tag_all-chapters

Morrison, K., & Maycock, M. (2021). Becoming a Prison Officer: An Analysis of the Early Development of Prison Officer Cultures. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 60(1), 3-24. https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12394

Van Zyl Smit, D., & Morrison, K. (2020). The Paradox Of Scottish Life Imprisonment. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 28(1), 76-102. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718174-0280100



Edinburgh Napier University


Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Court, 2.B.15, EH11 4BN

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Criminal Justice Process and Institutions


A Review of Interventions, Innovation, and the Impact of Covid-19 in the Scottish Prison System within a Comparative Analytical Framework

This is the final report from the project ‘A Review of Interventions, Innovation, and the Impact of Covid-19 in the […]

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3rd May 2023

Covid-19 in Scottish Prisons and Globally

23rd June 2022

Edinburgh Napier University Joins SCCJR as New Partner