Associate Professor of 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...
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....
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...
Yates, P., & Allardyce, S. (in press). Working with children and young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour
‘At a time when a better-informed picture about the realities of child sexual abuse is urgently needed, this book provides a vital part of this complex jigsaw’ from the Forewo...
O'Neill, M., & Aston, E. (2017). ‘Improving the Practice of Stop and Search in Scotland’. Translational Criminology, 7-9
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...
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...
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 ...
Best, D., Walker, D., Aston, E., Pegram, C., & O'Donnell, G. (2010). Assessing the impact of a high-intensity partnership between the police and drug treatment service in addressing the offending of problematic drug users. Policing and Society, 20(3), 358-369. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2010.493609
While there is a considerable evidence base showing links between drug use and offending and clear evidence of the impact of treatment engagement on drug-related offending, th...
Morrison, K. (2018). Professionalism and affective learning for new prison officers: learning values, attitudes and behaviours in training at the Scottish Prison Service. In S. Loo (Ed.), Multiple Dimensions of Teaching and Learning for Occupational PracticeTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
This paper argues that, as the Scottish Prison Service moves towards professionalisation, the ‘ethical’ component of an officer’s work increases in importance, and that learni...
Wooff, A. (2017). Policing in rural Scotland. https://rsgs.org/exploring-geography/publications/geographer-archive/
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...
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