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Ethnicity and justice - academic management: research mapping

Outlines previous, current and future research projects around ethnicity and justice from a survey of academics and researchers in Scotland. Conducted on behalf of the Cross Justice Working Group on Race Data and Evidence.


Summary of findings

Topics covered in research projects

Table 1, in Annex 1, shows that the topics that respondents were most likely to select in relation to their research were:

  • Experience of crime and feelings of safety (associated with 18 projects);
  • Police (associated with 15 projects); and
  • Courts (associated with 7 projects).

At the other end of the spectrum, there were no projects associated with post–prison activities and processes. There were 2 “other” topics, written in by respondents, who selected the “other please specify” option. These were victim/witness experiences (associated with 2 projects) and the influence of race and space on youth crime/violence (associated with 1 project).

Demographics of research subjects / research participants

Table 2, in Annex 2, shows that where demographic information was provided, projects were most likely to include the experiences of victims (6 projects); ethnicity, children and young people; and asylum seekers and refugees (3 projects each).

Previous research:

Thirteen respondents said that they had been involved in previous research around justice and ethnicity and provided information on 10 previous research projects relating to justice. Information on previous projects not directly related to the justice system have been included in Table 6 “other relevant research”.

Tables 3a to 3j, in Annex 3, provides further information on each of these projects. The level of detail is dependent on the information provided by participants.

Annex 3, provide information on:

  • Project title and brief description of work, including publication details / link if available
  • Respondent’s Institution
  • Topics covered
  • If it is included in the 2020 research audit carried out by JAS for the working group
  • Whether or not respondents gave permission to re-contacted around this work

Current research:

Thirteen respondents said they were involved in current research around ethnicity and justice. Information was provided on 11 projects, which are included in Table 4, in Annex 4. Information on current projects not directly related to the justice system have been included in Table 6 “other relevant research”.

Table 4 provides information on:

  • Project title and brief description of work, including publication details / link if available
  • Respondent’s Institution
  • Topics covered
  • Whether or not respondents gave permission to re-contacted around this work

Future / planned research

Eleven respondents indicated that they hoped to be involved in research around ethnicity and justice in the future. Two respondents provided information on 2 projects that they hoped to undertake in the future. These are included in Table 5, which provides information on:

  • Project title and brief description of work
  • Respondent’s Institution
  • Topics covered
  • Whether or not respondents gave permission to re-contacted around this work

Other relevant research

Three respondents provided information on their research related to ethnicity, but not directly connected with the Justice System. Information was provided on 5 projects, which have been included in Table 6, Annex 6. Table 6 provides information on:

  • Project title and brief description of work, including publication details / link if available
  • Respondent’s Institution
  • Whether or not respondents gave permission to re-contacted around this work

Contact

Email: Justice_Analysts@gov.scot

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