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With a background in sociology, psychology and law, Michele Burman is a feminist criminologist with long-standing research interests in women, crime and criminal justice, and responses to gender-based violence. Along with Gill McIvor and Richard Sparks, Michele co-founded SCCJR in 2006 and, for five years, from 2015-2020, was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Criminology and Criminal Justice. She served as a subpanel member for Social Work/Social Policy (UoA20) in the UK’s REF 2014 and REF 2021. Michele has published widely; has held 35 research grants from a range of funders, and; has provided research-based advice to criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners over many years. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). She received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday List in 2019, for services to Criminology. Current projects: Domestic abuse and child contact: the interface between criminal and civil proceedings (funded by Scottish Government) Women working to support women in the welfare sphere; psychosocial challenges (funded by Nuffield Foundation) Digital Communications as Evidence in Adult Sexual Offence Applications (in collaboration with Criminal Cases Review Commission).

Recent publications

Burman, M., Brooks-Hay, O. and Bradley, L. (2020) Justice Journeys: Survivor Stories https://justicejourneysonline.com/

Brooks-Hay, O., Burman, M. and Bradley, L. (2019) Justice Journeys: Informing policy and practice through lived experience of victim-survivors of rape and serious sexual assault SCCJR Research Report 4/2019 Glasgow: SCCJR. https://www.sccjr.ac.uk/publications/justice-journeys-informing-policy-and-practice-through-lived-experience-of-victim%e2%80%90survivors-of-rape-and-serious-sexual-assault/

Burman, M. and Brooks-Hay, O. (2018) Aligning policy and law? The creation of a domestic abuse offence incorporating coercive control. Criminology and Criminal Justice 18(1), pp. 67-83 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1748895817752223

Contact

Institution:

University of Glasgow

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Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
University of Glasgow
Glasgow

Research Themes

Courts and Sentencing

Policing and Security

Law, Policy and Practice

Knowledge Exchange and Engagement

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Violence, Drugs and Alcohol

November 2023

Women Working to Support Women: Executive Summary

November 2023

Women Working to Support Women: Psychosocial Challenges – Final Report

2023

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings

This Report presents the findings of the Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings research […]

December 2021

Delays in Trials: the implications for victim-survivors of rape and serious sexual assault: an update

In contrast to other types of crime recorded by the police in Scotland, the numbers of sexual crimes have been […]

July 2020

Delays in Trials: the implications for victim survivors of rape and serious sexual assault

Covid-19 has significantly disrupted the operation of the criminal justice system in Scotland and elsewhere, causing considerable strain to the […]

August 2019

Justice Journeys Informing policy and practice through lived experience of victim‐survivors of rape and serious sexual assault

This report documents the journeys of the victim-survivors interviewed as they navigated the Scottish criminal justice system. It begins with […]

February 2018

Working with women and girls: researching experiences of vicarious traumatisation

This Report presents emergent findings from a Wellcome Trust funded project [Ref: 201651/Z/16/Z] on service providers’ experiences of working with […]

January 2018

Evaluation of the Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project, Final Report 2018

Oona Brooks-Hay, Michele Burman,  Lisa Bradley and Deborah Kyle This is the final report detailing findings from the evaluation of […]

January 2018

Evaluation of the Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project Summary Report Jan 2018

There has been increased attention paid to sexual violence by both the UK and Scottish Government, amidst a context in […]

January 2017

Reporting rape: victim perspectives on advocacy support in the criminal justice process

Concerns about the criminal justice response to rape have prompted the development of victim advocacy services. This article draws upon […]

4th December 2023

Bluestone Soteria

Embedding procedural justice for victim-survivors into police responses to sexual violence   This three year project aims to improve how police […]

10th May 2023

Scottish Prisons Assessment and Review of Outcomes for Women (SPAROW)

SPAROW – Scottish Prisons Assessment and Review of Outcomes for Women is an evaluation of the new Community Custody Units (CCUs) […]

14th March 2023

Exploring Survivor Views on Sentencing for Rape and Sexual Assault

Dr Oona Brooks-Hay (PI) and Professor Michele Burman (Co-I) (University of Glasgow) have been awarded funding from the Scottish Courts […]

30th January 2023

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact: The Interface Between Criminal and Civil Proceedings

This project aims to examine the processes of child contact proceedings, particularly child welfare hearings, and their interaction with criminal […]

23rd May 2022

Digital Communications as Evidence in Adult Sexual Offence Applications to the CCRC

Research Team:  Prof Michele Burman, Dr Oona Brooks-Hay and Dr Ellen Daly (all SCCJR, Glasgow), Dr Yassin Bringer (Queens University […]

11th October 2021

Women working to support women in the welfare sphere: psychosocial challenges

This project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, will investigate the psychosocial wellbeing and personal welfare of women workers in organisations […]

20th November 2018

IMPRODOVA

IMPRODOVA is a 36-month European Commission funded research and innovation project which is focused on the human factors shaping institutional […]

21st June 2018

The Scottish Prisons Commission: Ten Years On

In July 2008 The Scottish Prisons Commission (also known as the McLeish Commission) published its report Scotland’s Choice. This report […]

20th June 2018

Justice Journeys: Informing policy and practice through lived experience

The principal focus of this research is on rape and sexual assault victim-survivors’ end-to-end experiences of the criminal justice system. […]

26th October 2016

The effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working in the justice system in Scotland

The project will explores the experiences of service providers working with girls and young women who have experienced trauma and […]

16th May 2024

New research offers ‘window’ into how victim-survivors of rape and sexual assault view sentencing

21st November 2023

Women Support Staff Suffered Distress and Trauma Throughout Pandemic and Cost of Living Crises

2nd February 2023

Information on Domestic Abuse Missing in Child Contact Cases

7th December 2020

Survivors of Sexual Assault and Rape Find their Voice in Powerful New Project

15th August 2020

New Paper Unveils Impact of Court Delays on Victim-Survivors of Serious Sexual

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23rd June 2020

Working Under Lockdown

Blog

12th May 2020

Gender Based Violence in a Pandemic

29th April 2020

New research project to investigate impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups

22nd August 2019

Victim-Survivors of rape don’t feel justice has been met, even if the accused goes to prison

10th June 2019

Prof Michele Burman Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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SCCJR Seminar: Left Out and Locked Down

19th February 2021

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