Associate Professor of Criminology
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
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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, doi: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...
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...
10 June 2019
10 June 2019
The School of Applied Sciences, in collaboration with SIPR, warmly invite you to attend what will be a fascinating insight by Ben Bradford, Professor of Global City Policing a...
17 August 2018
17 August 2018
Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It's surprisingly common for innocent people to confess ...
19 July 2018
19 July 2018
It is difficult to imagine admitting to something that you didn't do, especially something so serious as committing murder. There are however numerous documented cases of inno...
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
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). doi:10.1177/0269758018755154. ISSN 0269-7580
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. ISSN 2052-7950
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. ISSN 2052-7950
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). doi:10.1177/0269758014547993. ISSN 0269-7580
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. (2013). 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. doi: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). doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.11.002. ISSN 0955-3959
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...
Buchan, J. (2018). Book review: Philip Goodman, Joshua Page and Michelle Phelps, Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle over Criminal Justice. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 18(5), 647-648. doi:10.1177/1748895817719785
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)
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