- Dr Paul Norris
- Director of the Undergraduate School - School of Social and Political Science; Lecturer in Social Policy
- 3.01 St John's Land Holyrood Road Edinburgh UK EH8 8AQ
- +44 (0)131 6503922
- Research Interests
- 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)
MA, MSc, PhD (all Edinburgh)
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.
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.
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
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
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)
Topics interested in supervising
I welcome enquiries about supervision of research in the fields of comparative criminology and the links between social policy and the criminal justice system. I hold particular expertise in the use of quantitative methods and analysis of large-scale survey datasets.
If you are interested in being supervised by Paul Norris, please see the links below for more information: