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Dr Julie Berg is Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow and a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences.

She joined the University of Glasgow in January 2018, having previously held a full-time research and teaching appointment at the University of Cape Town, South Africa where she is a Senior Research Fellow in the Global Risk Governance Programme [http://www.grgp.uct.ac.za/]. She is a member of the international and inter-disciplinary research network Everyday Political Economy of Plural Policing (EPEPP) [https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/everyday-political-economy-plural-policing] and the global network of academics and security practitioners the Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) [https://evolvingsecuritiesinitiative.com/].

Her research interests include a focus on exploring the impacts of new risk harmscapes on security institutions, collaborative arrangements, and democratic policing. She is particularly interested in plural or polycentric security governance and how policing in its pluralized form adapts to these new harms or harmscapes. Furthermore, she is interested in the impact of new and emerging global harmscapes and associated responses, on the evolution of criminology as a field of inquiry.


Recent publications

Berg, J. (2021) Policing reform in the context of plural policing: the South African case. Policing, 15(1), pp. 412-424. (https://doi.org/10.1093/police/paaa075)

Berg, J. and Shearing, C. (2021) Criminology: some lines of flight. Journal of Criminology, 54(1), pp. 21-33. (https://doi.org/10.1177%2F26338076211014569)

Berg, J. and Shearing, C. (2020) Private security’s accountabilities within polycentric assemblages. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 1-13. (https://doi.org/10.1080/01924036.2020.1788959)



University of Glasgow


Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
University of Glasgow
Ivy Lodge,
63 Gibson Street
G12 8LR

Research Themes

New Media, Surveillance and Technology

Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

Policing and Security

Knowledge Exchange and Engagement

Crimes of the Powerful: organised, white collar and state crime

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11th February 2019

Network on Intelligence and Security Practices in Africa (NISPAC)

The NISPAC is a transnational research community network funded by the Scottish Funding Council under the Global Challenges Research Fund […]

25th January 2023

SCCJR Welcomes New Director

1st June 2021

University in Uzbekistan Joins SCCJR as New International Partner

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Punishment Futures, Justice Reimagined

16th May 2024



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Who should the police be in the 21st Century?

29th February 2024