Hate Crime in Scotland

By Rania Hamad, PhD Student in Social Work, University of Edinburgh Scotland is often considered to be one of the world’s most friendly, welcoming countries (as well as being voted as such), and having the best LGBT+ legal equality in Europe. Nonetheless, annual data published by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service demonstrates that hate … Continue reading Hate Crime in Scotland

Social scientists and lawyers diggin’ the archives

Lessons learned from the Traces of Law Symposium By Aura Kostiainen, a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Helsinki What happens when a lawyer or a social scientist goes to the archives? A growing number of legal scholars and social scientists, or socio-legal researchers, are becoming enthusiastic about archival research. There are, however, some … Continue reading Social scientists and lawyers diggin’ the archives

Looking at Leuven through another lens: Why local context is relevant in influencing policing…and beer?

University of Edinburgh student Luis Reyes reflects on his short visit to the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC), supported by the SCCJR International Mobility Fund: It was my first day in Leuven on a short, one week visit, and I was still feeling the effects of fatigue from the last-minute logistics planning my trip there. … Continue reading Looking at Leuven through another lens: Why local context is relevant in influencing policing…and beer?

Reflections on Free Thinking and Academic Practice

The SCCJR’s Dr Alistair Fraser has written about his experience so far as one of the BBC’s New Generation Thinkers – 10 academics hand-picked from across the UK whose research will be made into radio and television programmes. In a post for the University of Glasgow’s Sociology blog, Alistair reflects on the process of creating an audio “postcard” … Continue reading Reflections on Free Thinking and Academic Practice