Scottish Justice Fellowships 2018


Scottish Justice Fellows is a new initiative putting research to work. In this scheme, the Scottish Government, SCCJR and SIPR are partnering to support recent PhD scholars translate their research into outputs that can inform policy and practice. There is substantial untapped resource in PhDs completed in Scotland on policing, crime, justice and related issues and Fellowships aim to support further knowledge exchange and dissemination. The main purpose of the fellowships is to distil the key findings from the PhD thesis and to consider how best to communicate with the main audiences using creative and engaging methods of written, visual and oral presentation. Fellows were selected from applicants across Scotland who have recently (within two years) completed or nearing completion (within three months to submission) of a PhD.

Each Fellow is awarded £3,000 to develop their outputs over six months in 2018-19.  Fellows are appointed mentors, one in academia and one in Government, to support their work and career development. In addition, Fellows will participate in a writers retreat to develop skills in writing for policy or practice audiences and have a session with Scottish Government policy makers about why, how and when they need evidence. A series of short summaries of each Fellowship project will be published on the SCCJR website in late 2019.

SCCJR is pleased to be part of this work, supporting the translation of research into useful knowledge that can inform development of policy and practice that builds just societies. The 2018-19 Fellows, and research topics, are:

Annie Crowley (Glasgow) – Protection for whom? Responding to the needs of ‘at risk’ young women in Scotland

Emma Forbes (Glasgow) – Exploration of Domestic Abuse Victims’ Experiences of the Criminal Justice Process in Scotland

Fern Gillon (Strathclyde) – Early and Effective Intervention (EEI) in Scottish Youth Justice: Benevolent Principles and Unintended Consequences

Kirsty Deacon (Glasgow) – Young People’s Experiences of Having a Family Member in Prison

Shane Horgan (Edinburgh) – Cybercrime and Everyday Life: Exploring public sensibilities towards the digital dimensions of crime and disorder


Check back on this page for updates and publications related to the Fellowships. For Q&A and a description of the process of application selection click this link.