Crime, Justice and Security

Crime, Justice and Security

Our research on crime, justice and security has focussed, since 2007, around the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR), a unique multi-disciplinary research centre bringing together leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the area of criminal justice. The centre provides a cross-institutional context for collaboration, led by Glasgow in partnership with Edinburgh, Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. At Glasgow it brings together the work of:

This work also overlaps with that of Prof Gerda Reith, and the Gambling Research Group, which focuses on the study of problem gambling, its effects, and on state policy in relation to this.

Current and recent research projects

Prof Fergus McNeill is a founder member and previously chair of the European Society of Criminology’s Working Group on Community Sanctions, a group of almost 70 scholars from about 20 jurisdictions. He is also co-founder and co-chair of the Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS) which involves about 40 academics mainly from all over the English speaking world, a collaboration which has led to his forthcoming, co-edited book on ‘Offender Supervision’.

Dr Simon MacKenzie has collaborated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Committee to the UN, in relation to the trafficking of antiquities. He has also presented work on perceptions of anti-social behaviour to the Home Office, leading to invitations to work with the Dutch Home Office to discuss the findings.

Prof Michele Burman secured the award of a competitive EC Commission Framework Partnership Agreement, from the European Commission DG Justice, Freedom and Security, under the theme ‘Prevention of and Fight against Crime’ which allows competitive access to restricted European funding. This has led to several international research collaborations, e.g. the ‘Consenso’ restorative youth justice project, a collaboration with Xunta de Galicia and four other European partners.

Advisory roles

Colleagues working in this area have various important advisory roles, including:

  • Dr Armstrong’s role on the Scottish Government’s Research Advisory Group
  • Prof McNeill’s work as academic adviser to the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to the Probation Board of Northern Ireland in the relation the implementation of penal policy
  • Prof Burman's role as an expert adviser to the Scottish Government’s Summary Justice Reform Programme
  • Dr Simon MacKenzie is co-leader of the Knowledge Transfer group of the European Police Research Institutes Collaboration