Socio-Legal Studies and Criminology

This pathway builds upon long-standing and widely distributed strengths in Law and Society research and post-graduate training in Scotland. Socio-legal studies (SLS) and criminology encompass research that addresses core concerns of society around state power, marginality and vulnerability, effective regulation and social order. The research areas of this pathway comprise an extensive domain including inter alia sociology and anthropology of law; criminology and criminal justice; penality and social control; the uses and applications of law in public policy and economic relations domestically and internationally; images and representations of legality, crime and punishment in official discourse, popular culture and everyday life; regulation and ordering practices in political, commercial and private spheres; security and securitization, and their associated institutional and rhetorical dynamics.

The development of criminological and criminal justice research is a priority in Scotland. This has been reflected in major investment from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Scottish Government and led to the formation, in 2007, of the cross-institutional, multi-disciplinary Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR). At around the same time SFC, in conjunction with the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, created the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) - an alliance of 13 institutions.  As a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary consortium, comprising all institutions currently in receipt of ESRC recognition/quota in the area, SCCJR is the natural platform for a new collectively-provided training initiative in criminology.

Research training in socio-legal studies benefits from varied and extensive bodies of policy-relevant socio-legal scholarship and training at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Strathclyde. The boundaries between socio-legal studies and criminology are porous - and students in each field benefit from being trained together, with specialist provision for each as appropriate.

ESRC-funded studentships in Socio-Legal Studies in Criminology are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information:

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