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Paul Norris
Name
Dr Paul Norris
Title
Director of the Undergraduate School - School of Social and Political Science; Lecturer in Social Policy
Organisation
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
Address
3.01 St John's Land Holyrood Road Edinburgh UK EH8 8AQ
Telephone
+44 (0)131 6503922
E-Mail
Criminology Quantitative Methods Quantitative Research comparative social policy Policing Prisons International perspectives on imprisonment

Feedback and Guidance Hours

Tuesdays 1.30pm-3pm (during teaching weeks)

Qualifications

MA, MSc, PhD (all Edinburgh)

Biographical statement

I joined Social Policy as a lecturer in August 2009.  Prior to this I worked for two years as a Research Fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.  I was awarded my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 for my thesis “Policing priorities in London: Do Borough Characteristics Make a Difference?”  I am a associate of both the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research.  

My research interests focus on the relationship between social context, political economy and crime and justice.  In particular, I have a keen interest in peoples’ attitudes towards the criminal justice system and how criminal justice policy relates to a country’s wider social and political context. 

I mainly undertake quantitative research, focussing on the use of latent variable models, event history analysis and multilevel modelling. 

Teaching 

I teach on a range of the School's methodology courses, including the compulsory Graduate School coures Core Quantitative Data Analysis and Data Collection.  In addition, I lecture on the substantive MSc courses Comparative Analysis of Social and Public Policy, Crime and Economic Issues in Public Policy.

At an undergraduate level I lecture on the first year course, Social Policy and Society, and the new Q-Step Honours course, Multilevel Modelling for Social Science.

Publications

Journal Articles

McVie, S, Norris, P and Pillinger, R (2015) , "Is poverty reflected in changing patterns of victimisation in Scotland?", Scottish Justice Matters

McVie, S, Norris, P and Pillinger, R (2015), "Has Scotland’s Falling Crime Rate Benefited Everyone Equally?", Scottish Justice Matters

MacQueen, S and Norris, P (2014), "Police Awareness and Involvement in Cases of Domestic and Partner Abuse" , Policing and Society

Hope, T and Norris, P. (2012) "Heterogeneity in the Frequency Distribution of Crime Victimization", Journal of Quantitative Criminology

Norris, P. (2010) "Families of Nations, Victimisation and Attitudes Towards Criminal Justice", International Review of Victimology 

Book Chapters 

Norris, P (2015) "Comparing Difficulties and Combination Possibilities: Exeriences in the United Kingdom", in Guzy, N, Birkel, C and Mischkowitz, R (eds) Viktimisierungsbefragungen in Deutschland - Band 2: Methodik und Methodologie.  Wiesbaden: BKA

Hough, M. and Norris, P. (2009) “Comparisons Between Survey Estimates of Crime and Crimes Recorded By The Police: The UK Position”, in Robert, P (ed) Comparing Crime Data in Europe. Brussels: VUBpress.

Norris, P (2007) "Public Order Expenditure Across Industrialised Countries" in Castles, F (ed), The Disappearing State?, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Fraser, N and Norris, P (2007) "Data on the Functions of Government: Where are we now?" in Castles, F (ed), The Disappearing State?, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Research Reports

Armstrong, S, Malloch, M, Nellis, M and Norris P (2011) "Evaluation of the Use of Home Detention Curfew and the Open Prison Estate in Scotland". Project Report. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh. 

Bannister, J, Mackenzie, S and Norris, P (2009) Public Space CCTV in Scotland: Results of a National Survey of Scotland's Local Authorities.  Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Report

Norris, P and Palmer, J (2010) Comparability of the Crime Surveys in the UK: A Comparison of Victimisation and Technical Details . Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Report

Norris, P and McVie, S (2009), A Review of the 2006 Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey: Victim File and Victimisation Rates. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research Report (included in the documentation for ESDS Government Study SN5784).  

McVie, S and Norris P (2006) "The Effect Of Neighbourhood Perceptions On Adolescent Property Crime". Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Report. Edinburgh: School of Law (University of Edinburgh)

McVie, S and Norris, P (2006) "Neighbourhood Effects On Youth Delinquency And Drug Use". Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime Report. Edinburgh: School of Law (University of Edinburgh)