Elizabeth Aston

Elizabeth Aston

Dr Elizabeth Aston Head of Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Head of Social Sciences, and Depute Programme Leader for the MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology. I am currently working on ‘Unity’, a €4.6 million Horizon 2020 EC funded project on Community Policing and I recently conducted research on stop and search in Scotland.

Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2011, I held a Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Postdoctoral Research position at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Police Studies, the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). I have also worked as a Researcher at the Medical Research Council’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. My ESRC CASE award PhD was linked to ‘The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime’.

My research interests are focused around intersections between criminal justice, health and broader social policies. I have conducted research on the relationship between substance use and offending; community policing; stop and search; local policing in Scotland; and youth diversionary projects.


Research Areas


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of Higher Education Academy



  • Peer reviewing for Criminology and Criminal Justice


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Police Scotland Research and Evaluation Operational Review Group (REORG) on Stop and Search


Invited Speaker

  • ‘A comparative analysis of current community policing in Europe’, Social Media and Community Policing Conference, Munich


Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD supervisions

  • Dr Yvonne Hail Local Policing in Transition: Examining the Impacts and implications of Police Reform in Scotland