Elizabeth Aston

Elizabeth Aston

Dr Elizabeth Aston Head of Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer

Biography

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.

Themes

Research Areas

Esteem

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

 

Reviewing

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • International Journal of Drug Policy

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Police Scotland Research and Evaluation Operational Review Group (REORG) on Stop and Search
  • SIPR Police Community Relations Brokering Team

 

Invited Speaker

  • ‘A comparative analysis of current community policing in Europe’, Social Media and Community Policing Conference, Munich
  • presenter & chair ‘Community Policing in comparative perspective’ at the Edinburgh Executive Sessions in Policing on ‘The challenges of localism within national policing arrangements: the Netherlands and Scotland in comparative perspective’
  • Discussant ‘Placing prevention in a new landscape of partnership and governance perspective’ at the Edinburgh Executive Sessions in Policing on ‘Scottish and New Zealand Perspectives on Policing and Prevention: the challenges of innovation, implementation and evaluation’
  • ‘Community Policing in Europe: Unity’ at Northumbria University
  • ‘A successful Horizon 2020 funding bid: Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens - Community Policing’ at SIPR Workshop ‘Horizon 2020 and Opportunities within SIPR’
  • ‘Developing an Evidence Base for Local Policing in Scotland’, Scottish Institute for Policing Research and George Mason University Research Symposium
  • ‘Local Policing in Scotland: a case study approach’ Invited Plenary Scottish Institute for Policing Research Annual Conference

 

Conference Activity

  • Chairing of Lothian and Borders Community Justice Authority Learning and Innovation Workshops
  • Invited Chair of ‘People and Organisational Development’ workshop at the Scottish International Policing Conference 'Policing: Localism in a globalising world'
  • Chair at Social Media and Community Policing Conference, Munich
  • Presentations at European Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff
  • Presentation at European Society of Criminology Conference, Prague

 

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership ‘Development of a treatment process and effectiveness model in South Lanarkshire addiction services’. Professor David Best (PI) and Dr Elizabeth Aston (Co-I) (£59,876)
  • Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, ‘Development of a Well-being Self Evaluation Tool for young people in Lanarkshire’. Professor David Best (PI) and Dr Elizabeth Aston (Co-I), (£18,735)

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