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Kath Murray’s PhD, ‘The Proactive Turn: Stop and Search in Scotland’, examined stop and search practices in Scotland and the effects of search encounters on public attitudes towards the police.

This research led to extensive policy review and legislative change, and resulted in being awarded an ESRC Impact prize. Dr Murray has investigated a range of subsequent issues involving policing in Scotland and addressing wider themes of the role of policing in democratic governance. She recently has been appointed as Research Fellow with the £1.6 million ESRC project Understanding Inequalities, based at the University of Edinburgh.





University of Edinburgh


School of Law / Understanding Inequalities
The University of Edinburgh
Law School
David Hume Tower

Research Themes

Policing and Security

Law, Policy and Practice

Knowledge Exchange and Engagement

Evidence, Statistics and Trends

Research Methods and Criminological Theory

February 2018

British Transport Police: Leaving Home Project: The impact of the transfer of BTP D Division into Police Scotland on officers and staff

In November 2014 the Smith Commission recommended that the functions of the BTP in Scotland should be a devolved matter. […]

July 2016

The Need for a New Power to Search Children for Alcohol: A review of the evidence

The aim of this report is to inform the Scottish Government consultation on the proposal to introduce a statutory power […]

Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime survey (UPYC) Early Findings: Stop and search in Glasgow and Edinburgh

SCCJR academics at the University of Edinburgh were commissioned to provide the SPA with an analysis of the results associated […]

Policing in Cool and Hot Climates: Legitimacy, Power and the Rise and Fall of Mass Stop and Search in Scotland

Prior to the amalgamation of Scotland’s eight police forces into Police Scotland in 2013 by the Scottish National Party government, […]

Under-regulated and unaccountable? Explaining variation in stop and search rates in Scotland, England and Wales

From a position of near parity in 2005/2006, by 2012/2013 recorded search rates in Scotland exceeded those in England/Wales seven […]


When Research and Politics Collide


To legislate or not to legislate? Stop and search for alcohol for under-18s: a review of the evidence


Policing, Prevention and the Rise of Stop and Search in Scotland: A Short History


Stop and Search in Scotland: A Post Reform Overview – Scrutiny and Accountability

This report examines police stop and search practice in the first two years of Police Scotland, following the amalgamation of […]


Evaluation of the Whole System Approach to Young People Who Offend in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s Whole System Approach for Children and Young People who Offend (WSA) aims to prevent unnecessary use of […]

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21st February 2018

83% of British Transport Police Unsupportive of Merger with Police Scotland

11th May 2016

Award nod for Dr Kath Murray recognises huge impact of stop-and-search work

22nd June 2015

Scottish stop and search rate falls but stays top in UK, study shows

17th June 2015

SCCJR evaluation finds Whole System Approach to youth justice boosts partnership working