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Fern is an early career researcher whose interests centre on the impact of the Scottish Youth Justice system and experiences of children and young people in conflict with the law.

Fern is particularly interested in developing creative, participatory research methods which empower children and young people. Her PhD explored how and why decisions are made in the context of ‘Early and Effective Intervention’ (EEI). Fern is also a Research Associate on ESRC funded project Public Health Youth Violence Reduction (PHYVR) at Glasgow University.



University of Strathclyde


Research Themes

Young People and Youth Justice

January 2024

Safe Space? The past, present and future of violence reduction in Scotland

Over the last two decades, Scotland has witnessed a significant reduction in violence, leading to an increasing consensus around Scotland’s […]


SJF Briefing: Grappling with the complexity of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI)

Scottish Justice Fellowship Briefing Grappling with the complexity of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI): Benevolent Intentions, Negative Consequences in Youth […]

15th July 2020

Public Health, Youth & Violence Reduction

The study responds to the urgent social problem of rising youth violence. England and Wales have seen marked increases in […]

13th February 2024

SCCJR Funding Announcement

12th July 2021

Major new violence reduction research project launched

18th February 2021

Scottish Justice Fellows Put Research to Work

19th November 2018

Announcing the Scottish Justice Fellows