Projects

All RCUK (ESRC, AHRC, ESPRC) Projects

A Systematic Review of Police Interventions against Serious Organised Crime

This research project is being undertaken as one of the work packages included in a series coordinated by the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (WWCCR), hosted by the UK College of Policing. It focuses on the extent to which law enforcement disruption interventions effective in reducing the level of threat and harm posed by organised crime groups and networks. Specifically, this research...

Lives Sentenced: Experiences of Repeated Punishment

There has been little research examining how those who are punished by the criminal justice system experience and give meaning to their sentences. Research that does exist has largely focused on one single sentence. However, criminal punishment does not happen in isolation, but is given meaning in the context of wider lives, and for most offenders, in the context of previous punishments. This...

(Re)Imagining Youth: A Comparative Sociology of Youth Leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong

(Re)Imagining Youth analyses youth leisure in Scotland and Hong Kong in historical and cross-cultural perspective, drawing on a qualitative, comparative case-study design. Building on landmark sociological research from the 1960s (Jephcott 1967, 1971), the study explores socio-cultural meanings and changing experiences of youth leisure in two case-study locations, with a particular focus on...

Social Enquiry and Sentencing in the Sheriff Courts

This ESRC funded research project was a collaboration led by Simon Halliday, Neil Hutton and Cyrus Tata at the University of Strathclyde. The study¬†used ethnographic methods to study the production of social enquiry (or pre-sentence) reports and their use by¬†sentencers. A summary report of the project’s findings can be found in project documents, along with some related recent...