Research Group Leaders:
Dr Lesley McMillan
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
T: +44 (0)141 331 8284
Dr McMillan’s research interests include the sociology of gender and the sociology of health and medicine. In particular: violence against women; community and statutory responses to rape and sexual assault including the problem of attrition; feminist social movement organisations; women's health and sexual health; missing persons; and the sociology of trauma.
Dr Rhonda Wheate
Reader in Law
T: +44 (0)141 331 3701
Dr Wheate completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, with research investigating Jury Comprehension of Expert Evidence. Her research interests include: expert evidence; expert witnesses; criminal law; the law of evidence; forensic science; and juries and jurors.
Violence, Crime and Justice is a Thematic Research Grouping with interests ranging across: alcohol, gendered violence and risk assessment; juries, expert testimony and expert evidence; young people and environmental approaches to crime reduction; and criminal justice, policing and regulation. The interdisciplinary nature of the research clusters is central to developing innovative methodologies and bringing broader perspectives to entrenched and emerging issues.
The Research Group aims to build on the work previously carried out by the Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence which was established at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003. The Centre brought a new approach to the problem of violence by combining the research and policy experience of collaborating organisations in criminal justice and mental health. The Centre brought together academic contributions from Forensic Psychology, Social Research, Criminology, and Risk along with experts from the police, the prison service, the health service, criminal justice social work and residential services for juvenile offenders. The Centre's research programme aimed to contribute to community safety in Scotland by informing the responses to criminal violence made by operational agencies with the best available international research knowledge in the area and by contextualizing this to the Scottish situation.