Susan specialises in quantitative criminological research and big data analytics. Her published work covers a wide range of topics, including: youth crime and juvenile justice; crime and justice inequalities; changing patterns of victimisation and offending; criminal careers over the life course; violence and vulnerability; youth gangs and knife crime; youth mental health, wellbeing and adverse experiences; police use of stop and search; police use of enforcement during the pandemic; and online drug markets.
Susan is a founding associate of SCCJR; Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) where she leads a programme of research on ‘Safer Communities’; and Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC), one of the largest and longest running longitudinal studies of its kind internationally. She also leads a project on Policing the Pandemic in Scotland, exploring the use of enforcement in securing compliance with the Coronavirus Regulations.
Susan has an OBE for Services to Social Science, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences, and has won several awards for research impact, including the 2019 ESRC Award for Outstanding Public Policy Impact and the 2021 European Society for Prevention Research President’s Award.
Like mother, like child? Sex differences in the maternal transmission of offending among a Scottish cohort of pre-adolescent children
ACES, Places and Inequality: Understanding the effects of adverse childhood experiences and poverty on offending in childhood
Increasing Inequality in Experience of Victimization During the Crime Drop
Understanding Digital Drug Markets through the Geography of Postal Drug Deliveries in Scotland
Evidence, Statistics and Trends
Research Methods and Criminological Theory