Research Methods and Criminological Theory
SCCJR aims to make significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the academic study of crime and justice. Our methodological work is about improving the way in which we research crime and justice issues whilst our theoretical work involves the attempt to explain criminal behaviour. We have particular methodological expertise on evaluation, ethnography, longitudinal analysis and quantitative criminology. Our theoretical work spans our research interests with particular interests in feminist theory, poststructualism and social theory. The SCCJR Crime and Communites Network is particularly concerned with theoretical issues around defining and understanding the understudied area of civility or pro-social, as opposed to anti-social, behaviour.
Prof Margaret Malloch
Associate Director (Postgraduate Research), SCCJR
Professor of Criminology
University of Stirling
Dr Anna Souhami
Associate Director, SCCJR
Senior Lecturer and Head of Criminology
University of Edinburgh
Updated Learning Resource for Schools
29th October 2019
The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research has recently updated its Learning Resource for Schools. These briefings, which were originally prepared by Dr Rebecca Foster and Greg Duncan, have become a popular source of information for Modern Studies teachers and students alike. We have received numerous emails from teachers over the years to...
C-SAP Project – Final Report, Research Findings and Debates: Capturing and sharing research on-line (28th July 2011)
10th August 2011
This project ran from January – July 2011 and has involved: • Identifying key topics and issues where new research has recently been published and has direct relevant to policy and practice concerns • Recruiting participants willing to be recorded talking about their recent research and contemporary crime and justice issues • Recording, editing and...
Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN): Join the network
11th November 2009
The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) is a network of people who have a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. SCCJR’s Susan McVie is the director the AQMen and the Network is led by a group of academics from eight Scottish Universities. AQMen’s activities are aimed primarily at Scottish...
New Professional Doctorate
27th October 2009
Professional Doctorate – Glasgow Caledonian University The School of Law and Social Sciences in Glasgow Caledonian University has developed a new 4 year Doctoral programme aimed at professionals occupying, or aspiring to, senior positions in the fields of justice, legal services, social administration and government service. It is designed to provide professionals who wish to enhance their...
Researching Gangs in Glasgow (Presentation at the British Society of Criminology Conference)
8th October 2009
SCCJR’s Alistair Fraser and Colin Atkinson recently presentated to the British Society of Criminology Conference (September 2009) about their experiences of researching gangs in glasgow. A power point of their presentation is available here – www.sccjr.ac.uk/documents/Researching_Gangs_in_Glasgow_-_BSC_June_2009.ppt...
Concepts of Community: Exploring ‘Community’ in Theory, Policy and Practice Imaginaries
In this SCCJR funded project, researchers are exploring and developing concepts of community and how these are used in research, policy and practice. The conceptualisation and definition of community has been at the centre of ongoing discussion (Cohen, 1989; Day, 2006). The persistent question ‘what is community?’, or ‘how might a community differ from the community?’ have prompted many...
Punishing Spaces, Working Spaces: Artist in Residence at SCCJR
In this Leverhulme Trust funded residency (February – November 2012), photographer Jenny Wicks was in residence at SCCJR for ten months. This artistic-academic collaboration aims to bring into view the researcher rather than the sometimes sensational topics of their study. Placing the criminologist at the scene of the crime allows for the exploration of key boundaries: between innocent and...
AQMeN is an ESRC funded network of around 1400 people with a shared interest in quantitative methods and who wish to refresh their existing knowledge or learn a range of new skills. The main aim of AQMeN is to build capacity in quantitative expertise amongst the social science community of Scotland. The Network is led by a group of academics from eight of the Scottish Universities and its...
Ethnography Reading Group
This group is for anyone interested in, using or even sceptical of ethnographic research methods in any area of research, criminological or otherwise. We meet about every 6-8 weeks (in Glasgow) to discuss suggested readings of articles, chapters and books. We have begun to consider presenting our own work as a way of learning about a variety of ethnographic methods in different contexts, and...
Working Lunches at Ivy Lodge
Working Lunches are held from 12.30pm to 2pm on Wednesdays in the ASRF Meeting Room, 66 Oakfield Avenue, Glasgow. They provide an informal space in which to discuss research ideas, whether this comes from work in progress, work we are thinking about doing or a common reading. We welcome visitors and have a small budget to offset costs of travel for anyone seeking a forum in which to discuss...
SCJS User Guide
SCCJR worked in partnership with the Scottish Government to create a “user guide” for researchers who wish to conduct secondary analysis of the Scottish Crime Survey datasets. This guide covered a range of topics, including how to access the data, how to find commonly used variables and how to weight the data prior to analysis. It also included examples of common types of...
Analysing the Scottish Crime Survey Over Time
This work examined how, in the absence of true longitudinal data, responses from different years of the Scottish Crime Survey can be combined to provide an insight into changing underlying patterns of victimisation or attitudes to the criminal justice system in Scotland. This research is currently focussed on the topic of whether changes in the amount of crime reported to the police are a...
Using the Scottish Offenders Index for Research
The Scottish Offenders Index (SOI) has not received the same level of academic interest as the Offenders Index for England and Wales. SCCJR has produced a report looking at what information is held in the SOI and the strengths and limitations of different statistical techniques that could be used to analyse these data. It is anticipated that this initial developmental work will form...
Families of Nations and Criminal Justice Outcomes
There is a long history within Social Policy of identifying groups of countries who share common policy outcomes (typified by the work of Gøsta Esping-Andersen, 1990, and Francis Castles, 1998). This work built on the recent work of Paul Norris (2007) by looking at how the groups of nations identified in other areas of Social Policy may relate to differences in criminal justice...
Scoping Study into Quantitative Methods Capacity Building in Scotland
This scoping study was funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council. The research was carried out in early 2007 by a multi-disciplinary team based at the University of Edinburgh, led by Susan McVie of the School of Law and SCCJR. The other co-applicants were Professor Anthony Coxon, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Social & Political...
Metaphors in Policy
Metaphors are not merely ornamental, they fundamentally shape how we know things. The use of passive language and particular prepositions when discussing womens’ offending (see the report ‘Women Offenders: A Safer Way’), for example, is the deployment of a metaphor of women as victims. The metaphors used to describe integration of public sector activities, such as...
Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS)
CREDOS is an international network of researchers, and policy and practice partners in research, who share a common interest in the effective development of offender supervision. It was established following a seminar in prato, Italy in september 2007. CREDOS aims to support, encourage and engage in high quality, collaborative and comparative research and scholarship exploring: How best to...
Cultural Change in Community Justice
SCCJR was commissioned by the Scottish Government to prepare a brief literature review which explores cultural change in community justice. This is intended to inform the ongoing work of a Performance Improvement Strategy Group which is trying to develop the effectiveness and quality of criminal justice social work in Scotland, as part of the Reducing Reoffending agenda. The basic idea is...
European Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group
The initial meeting of the European Postgraduate Researchers Group took place at the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Conference in Tubingen. The ESC, the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow support the Working Group. The Working Group is primarily aimed at doctoral and post-doctoral...
Crime and Justice Research Training and Development
Scotland’s distinctive criminal justice system and culture requires specific educational provision, this study will consider the extent to which existing provision meets needs and demands and, in collaboration with relevant bodies, will examine the potential for further developments. One of the first projects to be carried out within SCCJR involved a scoping study of criminal justice...
The View from Unbroken Windows
Nugent, B. (2015) The View from Unbroken Windows, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.14.
When Research and Politics Collide
Murray, K. (2015), When Research and Politics Collide, Scottish Justice Matters, vol.3 no.3. p.25-26
Research knowledge and criminal justice policy: The Scottish experience
Morrison, R. and Sparks, R. (2015), ‘Research knowledge and criminal justice policy: The Scottish experience’ in Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (eds) Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. Routledge
The Quantification of Prison Population Projections
Armstrong, S. (2012), The Quantification of Fear Through Prison Population Projections. Available at Social Science Research Network.
Anticipated Consequences: Developing a Strategy for the Targeted Measurement of Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits
Hamilton-Smith, L.N. (2002) ‘Anticipated Consequences: Developing a Strategy for the Targeted Measurement of Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits’. In N. Tilley (ed) Evaluation for Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention Studies Vol. 14. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press; 11 - 52.
Comparability of the Crime Surveys in the UK: A Comparison of Victimisation and Technical Details
Norris, P & Palmer, J., (2010), Comparability of the Crime Surveys in the UK: A Comparison of Victimisation and Technical Details. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Community service in Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain: a comparative perspective
McIvor, G., Beyens, K., Blay, E. and Boone, M. (2010) Community service in Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and Spain: a comparative perspective. European Journal of Probation Vol. 2, No.1, 2010, pp 82 – 98.
Social Work in Criminal Justice
McNeill, F., Bracken, D., and Clarke, A. (2010) 'Social Work and Criminal Justice'. In: I. Shaw, K. Briar-Lawson, J. Orme and R. Ruckdeschel (eds) The Sage Handbook of Social Work Research. London: Sage; 447 - 462.
Families of Nations, Victimisation and Attitudes Towards Criminal Justice
Norris, P. (2009) "Families of Nations, Victimisation and Attitudes Towards Criminal Justice", International Review of Victimology. Vol. 16, pp. 229–255.
Respect and City Living: Urban Contest or Cosmopolitanism?
Millie, A. (2009) 'Respect and City Living: Contest or Cosmopolitanism?'. In: A. Millie (ed) Securing Respect: Behavioural Expectations and Anti-Social Behaviour in the UK. Bristol: The Policy Press; 193 - 218.
Burman, M.J., and Johnstone, J. (2010) Youth Justice. Series: Practice and policy in health and social care (9). Dunedin Academic Press: Edinburgh.
Millie, A. (2009) Anti-Social Behaviour. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities
Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2009) ‘Introduction: Critical Issues in Researching ‘Hidden Communities’’. In: eSharp - Special Issue: Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities. Glasgow: University of Glasgow; 1 - 9.
Self-report Delinquency Surveys in European Countries: Britain and Ireland
McVie, S. (2009) 'Self-report Delinquency Surveys in European Countries: Britain and Ireland'. In: R. Zaubermann (ed) Self-Reported Crime and Deviance Studies in Europe. Current State of Knowledge and Review of Use. Brussels: VUB Press; Chapter 7 155 - 188.
Managing Meaning: Metaphor in Criminal Justice Policy
Armstrong, S. (2009), Managing Meaning: Metaphor in Criminal Justice Policy. SCCJR Working Paper.
Changing Focus: ‘Drug-related Crime’ and the Criminological Imagination
Malloch, M. (2006) ‘Changing Focus: ‘Drug-related Crime’ and the Criminological Imagination’. In: A. Barton, K. Corteen, D. Scott and D. Whyte (eds) Expanding the Criminological Imagination., Cullompten: Willan Publishing; 116 - 125.
The Seductions of Conformity: the Criminological Importance of a Phenomenology of Exchange
Mackenzie, S. (2009) 'The Seductions of Conformity: the Criminological Importance of a Phenomenology of Exchange'. In: R. Lippens and D. Crewe (eds) Existentialist Criminology. London: Routledge; 197 - 221.