New Director for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR)

Published: 23 January 2020

Congratulations to Dr Alistair Fraser who has taken over as Centre Director, replacing Professor Sarah Armstrong

Congratulations to our Sociology Senior Lecturer, Dr Alistair Fraser, who has taken on the role of Director for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). 

On his appointment Alistair said 'I first heard of SCCJR back in 2005 as a Masters student and budding criminologist, and thought instantly ‘that’s for me’. Now, fifteen years later, the same is still true. There is an incredible richness, generosity, and intellectual energy generated by the many and varied people that compose the Centre. I look forward to wearing in these new shoes by walking alongside friends and colleagues, both in and out of SCCJR, looking for ways to harness that energy and allow it to grow in new directions.'

Paying tribute to his predecessor, Professor Sarah Armstrong, Alistair said, 'Leading by example both inside and outside of the Centre, Sarah has walked tall, agitating for change and addressing inequalities wherever they occur. The leather on her shoes has been worn thin, be it pacing the corridors of Holyrood, rallying at a picket, or animating discussion at a prison reading group.' 

Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research is a partnership between the universities of Glasgow, Stirling, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. It aims to advance the understanding of crime and criminal justice; work with communities, policy makers and the wider public to collaboratively build just societies; and support the development of criminological research capacity across Scotland. 


First published: 23 January 2020

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