Community experiences of serious organised crime: Summary findings

Published: June 2018

This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the community experiences of serious organised crime ( SOC) in Scotland. The study sought to provide, for the first time, focused qualitative research on the lived experiences of residents who have an awareness of SOC in their communities and may have been affected by it, directly or indirectly. The research was led by the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling, with further input from the University of Abertay and the University of the West of Scotland. The Scottish Community Development Centre was also an active partner in the research, helping with accessing communities and with organising community feedback events called ‘co-inquiries’.

The study sought to answer the following questions: 1) What are the relationships that exist between SOC and communities in Scotland? 2) What are the experiences and perceptions of residents, stakeholders and organisations of the scope and nature of SOC within their local area? and 3) How does SOC impact on community wellbeing, and to what extent can the harms associated with SOC be mitigated?

Authors / Editors

Dr William Graham

Abertay University

Dr Colin Atkinson

University of the West of Scotland

Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith

University of Stirling

Professor Alistair Fraser

University of Glasgow

Research Themes

Policing and Security

Crimes of the Powerful: organised, white collar and state crime