We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates for University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow Jointly Funded PhD Studentships below:


The study of crime and criminal justice is one of the most thriving areas of social science in the UK and globally.  Scottish universities are host to a number of centres of criminological expertise with an international profile for developing high quality research, such as the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) and the Understanding Inequalities (UI) project.  Criminologists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow have longstanding working relationships and strong connections with policy stakeholders and practitioner groups.  We encourage applications from prospective PhD students who wish to develop innovative and insightful research projects, develop and interrogate criminological theory, and contribute to the evaluation or development of a range of interconnected contemporary policy challenges within the sphere of crime and justice.

University of Glasgow projects 

Understanding the causes & consequences of assaults on police officers/staff
Exploring the impacts of new technologies on policing in Scotland

University of Edinburgh projects 

*All projects have been allocated at the University of Edinburgh for 2020/21.*

Vision of approach: Our vision is to develop a vibrant PhD community with the skills and expertise that will enable them to become the criminological research leaders of the future.   The PhD projects in this theme will be expected to have a strong inter-disciplinary focus, using innovative and diverse methodological approaches, and delivering rich theoretical and policy narratives aimed at stimulating positive debate and action.

Skills development: We will offer a series of opportunities for participation in training, events and knowledge exchange to develop your skills and enable cross-fertilisation of ideas.  This will include Away Days, PhD conferences and ‘taster sessions’ run in association with other SCCJR or UI research projects.  We will also seek paid internship opportunities at Scottish Government and other relevant organisations to support skills enhancement and experiential learning during the course of the PhD. 

Engagement with policy:  Criminologists within the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow have informed Scottish Government policy making in various areas of crime and justice over many years.  We engage actively with Scotland’s Performance Framework and its National Outcomes, particularly around the priority areas of Safe and Resilient Communities, Children and Young People, Human Rights, Reducing Inequality and Public Service Improvement.  We also engage actively with individual criminal justice organisations, local authorities and third sector bodies to ensure that our research takes account of lived experience and has the potential to make an impact on the outcomes of individuals, families and communities.  We would expect our PhD students to take a strong interest in participating with stakeholders and developing impactful research.

Research themes: The research themes to be included in the offered studentships will include a range of topical, theoretically informed and policy relevant issues.  Possible projects will cover themes such as: cybercrime and cybersecurity; Scottish sentencing practice; local policing governance; drug markets and drug-related deaths; policing in a digital age; and experience of workplace violence amongst police officers.