Lecturer in Criminology
Hail, Y., Aston, E., & O'Neill, M. (2018). Review of Evidence: What effect do enforcement-orientated and engagement-orientated methods of visible policing have on public confidence?. Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Abstract not available.
Wooff, A. & Elvins, M. (2017). Measuring risk and efficiency in Police Scotland custody settings: A pilot study. http://www.sipr.ac.uk/downloads/SIPR_Annual_Report_16.pdf: Scottish Institute for Policing Research
No abstract available.
Aston, E., & Scott, K. (2014). Local Policing in Scotland: three pre-reform case-studies. Scottish Institute for Policing Research Summary No 18. Dundee: Scottish Institute for Policing Research
The research was based on a series of case studies, one in each of three legacy forces, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Grampian Police, and Strathclyde Polic...
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Increasingly in Scottish criminal justice, ‘desistance’ is regarded as central to supporting a reduction and cessation in offending. This approach, which places the offender at the centre of their pro...
Stop and search (S&S) is a worldwide practice carried out by the police which enables police officers to stop a person, prevent him or her from pursuing his or her passage (Bowling & Philips, 2007; Bo...
This research project consists of an exploratory qualitative study on the provision of restorative justice (RJ) services in Scotland at the level of local authorities. RJ is a process of facilitated d...
Associate Professor of Criminology
Aston, E., Murray, K., & O'Neill, M. (in press). Achieving cultural change through organizatoinal justice: the case of Stop and Search in Scotland. Criminology and Criminal Justice, https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895819839751
In recent years, the scale, impact and legality of stop and search in Scotland has been subject to intense critical scrutiny, leading to major legal and policy reform in 2016....
Buchan, J., & Morrison, K. (in press). Compromise, Partnership, Control: Community Justice Authorities In Scotland. Criminology and Criminal Justice, https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895818814903
Community Justice Authorities (CJAs) were heralded on their inception as modernising Scotland’s community justice system and resolving longstanding tensions between central an...
Maycock, M., Pratt, D., & Morrison, K. (2018). What does publicly available research submitted to the Scottish Prison Service Research Access and Ethics Committee (2012-2016), tell us about the distinct nature of Imprisonment in Scotland?. Prison Service Journal, 238, 46-52
The criminal justice system in Scotland is in many ways distinct from criminal justice systems both within the UK and Europe, which is reflected in the institutions, processes...
O'Neill, M., & Aston, E. (2018). Changing Stop and Search in Scotland. European Journal of Policing Studies, 5, ISSN 2034-760X
Compared to other areas in the UK, stop and search in Scotland was on a disproportionately large scale prior to 2015 and targeted children and young people. Scottish police of...
Fohring, S. (2018). What’s in a word? Victims on ‘victim’. International Review of Victimology, 24(2), 151-164. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269758018755154
Identifying as a victim of crime is a complex process involving both social and personal motivations. This paper utilises data gathered from victims of crime to examine how th...
O'Neill, M., & Aston, E. (2017). ‘Improving the Practice of Stop and Search in Scotland’. Translational Criminology, 7-9
Buchan, J. (2016). Justice, Empowerment and Community in Scotland. Scottish Justice Matters, 4(2), 20-21
Aston, E. V., & Lum, C. (2015). Crime prevention and the development of the Safer Communities Evidence Matrix Scotland (SCEMS). Scottish Justice Matters, 3(2), 17-18
THE Safer Communities Evidence Matrix Scotland (SCEMS) is a knowledge exchange tool which aims to provide easy access to evidence on policing and community safety from Scotlan...
Fohring, S. (2015). An integrated model of victimization as an explanation of non-involvement with the criminal justice system. International Review of Victimology, 21(1), 45-70. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269758014547993
This article presents an integrated theoretical model of victimization supported by both quantitative and qualitative data. By combining and clarifying existing criminological...
Best, D., & Aston, E. V. (2014). Long-term recovery from addiction: criminal justice involvement and positive criminology?. In N. Ronel, & D. Segev (Eds.), Positive Criminology: the good can overcome the bad, 177-193. Routledge
The positive criminology perspective looks at positive life influences that distance individuals from offending, and enable the growth of personal and social strengths. Within...
Fohring, S. (2014). Putting a face on the dark figure: Describing victims who don’t report crime. Temida časopis o viktimizaciji, ljudskim pravima i rodu / Viktimološko Društvo Srbije i Prometej, Beograd, 17(4), 3-18. https://doi.org/10.2298/tem1404003f
Since the inception of large scale victimisation surveys a considerable amount of research has been conducted investigating the so called ‘dark figure’ of unreported crime. Al...
Aston, E. V. (2015). Are risk factors for drug use and offending similar during the teenage years?. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(4), 396-403. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.11.002
This paper explores whether at different stages of the developmental cycle of adolescence, drug use and offending are associated with a similar set of risk factors ...
Scottish Institute for Policing Research
The aim of the project is to conduct a systematic review and host round-table discussions to explore the use of police discretion when making decisions in relation to individuals' vulnerability.
This project will entail a systematic literature review of police methods in visible policing to establish the current evidence base in relation to how these affect public confidence. This review will...
Rural policing in Scotland: Measuring and improving public confidence:-
This research will be undertaken in 2 contrasting Police Scotland local policing areas, Dumfries and Galloway and the Highlands....
Unity is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project under the Secure Societies theme of the Fight against Crime and Terrorism on Community Policing in Europe. The vision of Unity is to strengthen the connection...
Evaluation of Stop and Search Pilot - Fife Division Police Scotland
The aim of the project was to provide seedcorn funding to expand the Scottish Local Policing Evidence Database (SLoPED) into a larger project, the Safer Communities Evidence Matrix Scotland (SCEMS).
Edinburgh Napier University (Sighthill Campus)
22 September 2019
9 June 2019
The Stand's New Town Theatre (Venue 7), Studio
16 August 2018
The Banshee Labyrinth, Niddrie Street, Edinburgh, EL1 1LG
18 July 2018
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh
4 April 2018