Working Under Lockdown

Effects on those who deliver services to justice involved populations By Prof Michele Burman, Prof Robin A. Robinson and Dr Annie Crowley Although largely out of government and media frames of ‘essential workers’, and within a wider context of rapidly diminishing resources and precarious funding, many community-based voluntary organisations working with criminal justice-involved groups are … Continue reading Working Under Lockdown

Living Under Covid-19

By Professor Laura Piacentini, University of Strathclyde On hearing the Scottish government announcement, made on the 18th of March, that schools in Scotland would close indefinitely from the 20th of March, and that we would then enter a period of lockdown because of the epic human catastrophe called Covid-19, I entered a period of what … Continue reading Living Under Covid-19

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

Why We Need to Change the Conversation about Serious Organised Crime

By Alistair Fraser, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow  When we think of organised crime thoughts turn inevitably to images from popular culture. If you are of a certain vintage it will be The Godfather or The Sopranos; for the Netflix generation it might be Breaking Bad or Narcos. A seedy-glamorous world of anti-heroes and outlaws, … Continue reading Why We Need to Change the Conversation about Serious Organised Crime

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