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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



University of Glasgow


Ivy Lodge
63 Gibson Street
University of 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

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 […]

Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2014: Attitudes to violence against women in Scotland


A comparison: criminalised women in Scotland Women and Criminal Justice


The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

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 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 […]

5th June 2016

Evaluation of Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Advocacy Project

The Rape Crisis Scotland National Advocacy Project (NAP) was introduced to provide advocacy support for survivors of sexual crimes engaging, […]

10th December 2014

The Governance of Security and the Analysis of Risk for Sporting Mega Events

Overview In July, 2014 Glasgow played host to the Commonwealth Games (G2014), the largest event ever hosted by Scotland.   Large-scale international sporting events, like the […]

10th September 2014

Evaluation of the Police Scotland/Rape Crisis Scotland ‘Support to Report’ Pilot Advocacy Service

The primary purpose of the research is to evaluate the Support to Report pilot project in relation to its intended […]

6th March 2012

Strengthening the Health Visitor Response to Families affected by Domestic Abuse

Prof Michele Burman is a co-investigator with Dr Lorna Paul (PI) and Clare McFeele (RA) on this two year action research […]

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


23rd June 2020

Working Under Lockdown


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

12th November 2018

Scotland to form part of major European study into institutional responses to domestic abuse

23rd May 2018

Victim-survivors of rape and sexual assault will inform new research from SCCJR.

1st March 2018

National project provides ‘life-changing’ advocacy work to victims of sexual violence

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SCCJR Seminar: Left Out and Locked Down

19th February 2021

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