Dr Rachel McPherson
- Lecturer in Criminal Law (School of Law)
0141 330 1777
Room 316, Stair Building, University of Glasgow
Rachel’s expertise lies in Criminal Law and Evidence and Family Law. She is particularly interested in legal responses to domestic abuse and legal definitions and conceptions of vulnerability, particularly in relation to the accused. Her PhD thesis, submitted in 2013, was entitled Access to justice: Women who kill, self-defence and pre-trial decision making.
She is currently working on the ESRC project Access to justice, alternative dispute resolution and consumer vulnerability in the European energy sector with Dr Chris Gill (University of Glasgow) and Dr Naomi Creutzfeld (University of Westminster) (see https://esrcjustenergy.wordpress.com/). She is also involved in ongoing research, alongside Professor Cyrus Tata (University of Strathclyde), on the issues surrounding sentencing in death by driving cases.
She has worked across a range of research projects including those funded by the ESRC, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Sentencing Council, Scottish Government, and Scottish Institute for Policing Research on issues such as hate crime, police officers’ understanding of medico-legal intervention in the processing of sexual assault cases, rape attrition, the pilot scheme initiatives of ‘Clare’s Law’ and a range of sentencing issues (sentencing discounts, death by driving cases, sexual offences and the sentencing of young people).
- Access to justice
- Criminal law
- Criminal justice
- Family law
- Gender and the law
- Law of evidence
- Legal responses to domestic abuse
- Socio-legal research methodologies
- Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Analysis of Judicial Consultations on Sentencing £1,575
- Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Sentencing Discount, tendered in association with University of Strathclyde, £10, 057.69
- Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Public Perceptions of Sentencing Survey, tendered in association with Ipsos MORI, £45,000
- Scottish Sentencing Council (2019) Public Perceptions of Sentencing in the Scottish Courts, tendered in associated with ScotCen, £39,982.00
- Scottish Sentencing Council (2018) Death by Driving Literature Review, tendered in association with University of Strathclyde, £6,210.00
- Scottish Government (2017) Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation £2,500.00
- Glasgow City Council (2017) Hate Crime Service Provision £2,500.00
Rachel is interested in supervising students with an interest in any aspect of criminal law and criminal justice; the law of evidence; family law and gender and the law.
- Children’s Rights
- Criminal Law and Evidence
- Criminal Law: History and Theory
- Family Law
- Issues in Family Law
- Honours Dissertation Supervisor