The Interdisciplinary Research Unit for Crime, Policing and Social Justice (CPSJ) is a flagship centre of excellence in research and enterprise that spans across the Schools of Education and Media Culture and Society but also has links with other Schools.
It is structured around areas of scholarly focus that are critical to the development of safe, inclusive and flourishing communities. This includes those aspects that are at the heart of building community safety, criminal and social justice. It embraces studies in sociological, criminological and educational studies as well as those focused on physical activity and wellbeing within the context of crime prevention. The Research Unit seeks to conduct innovative applied research – with a particular focus on ethnographic methods - and to engage in enterprise and commercial activity, working in partnership with a wide range of external bodies in Scotland, the UK, Europe and the wider world.
Research and Enterprise Group on Youth Justice and Crime Prevention
This group focuses on generating new applied knowledge about the nature and causes of youth violence, crime and gang culture and the particular aspects of social and educational interventions, criminal justice and deterrence strategies that may support young people’s desistance from crime and generate social inclusion among young people, communities and families. In recent years, grants valued have been received from the British Academy, Carnegie Trust, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, the Scottish Prison Service and the Big Lottery.
Research and Enterprise Group on Policing Research
This research group/cluster would draw on the expertise of nationally and internationally recognised experts from criminology, law, psychology, social policy, enterprise and innovation to help shape policy and practice in criminal justice and policing issues. Collectively, members of the group have an international reputation for conducting applied, ‘real world’ research in the areas of policing and organised crime. The members are committed to producing high-quality, credible and unbiased evidence that is able to meet the needs and objectives of those working in the criminal justice system.
Publications and Activites
Seminar Series 2018/19: 'Criminal Justice Issues in 21st Century Scotland'
This series of seminars explores some of the most salient issues facing the criminal justice system in Scotland in the 21st century. A series of internal and external speakers present insights into issues relating to policing, the prison system and community justice. Below you can find filmed recordings of a selection of the presentations and seminar sessions:
Below you can find filmed recordings of a selection of additional seminars delivered in 2018/19, focused on issues of gangs, prisons and desistance:
BA (Hons) Criminal Justice / Criminal Justice (Policing)
The degree in Criminal Justice/Criminal Justice (Policing) explored the concepts, structures, organisations and processes involved in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime. Students will study the working of the criminal law and criminal court system, and examine the treatment of offenders within society.
- Dr Allan T. Moore, Programme Leader, Criminal Justice
Tel: 0141 848 3000 ext 8287
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- Yonah Matemba, PhD, Senior Lecturer
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- Liz Frondigoun, Senior Lecturer
Tel: 01698 283200 extension 8510 (no direct line)
- Dr Iain McPhee, Senior Lecturer
Tel: 0141 848 3524
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- Dr Eilidh Macrae, Lecturer in Sport Development
Tel: ext 8422
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- John Sturgeon, Lecturer in Social Work
Tel: 0141 848 3000
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- Dr Daryl Cowan, Lecturer
Tel: 01698 283100 (ext. 8415)
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- Professor Chris Holligan, Professor of Education
Tel: 01292 886000
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- Dr Kirstin Anderson, Lecturer in Criminal Justice
Tel: 0141 849 4433
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Search Research System
PURE is the University's research information management system and provides a single source of research information for UWS. It is used to record and manage research activity with details of research outputs, funding applications, conference contributions, external impact and staff profiles.