My work centres on the relationships between law, discretionary decision-making and justice. The use of discretion is both essential and problematic to the principles of the Rule of Law. My work explores these issues – both in principle and through empirical observation. Most of my empirical work has been conducted in the context of criminal legal processes and criminal justice.
As well as contributing to academic knowledge, my work aims to inform policy and practice, and indeed broader public discourse. For example, I have addressed and advised legislatures, judiciaries, governments and non-governmental bodies around the world, and assist the media.
I teach undergraduates as well as postgraduates on the Master’s in Criminal Justice and Penal Change. I also supervise several doctoral students.
- Restorative Practices: Foundational Skills - Intensive CPD Course
- Smarter Sentencing & Penal Policy: What Could and Should 'the New Scotland' Do?
- Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making
- The Guilt of Innocence
- Press Coverage: SNP drive to reduce huge prison population unlikely to make real inroads, warns expert
- Press Coverage: Overhaul in Short Sentences 'will not cut jail population'
more professional activities
- Using big data analytics and genetic algorithms to predict street crime
- Bellingham, Richard (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Fedorov, Maxim (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tata, Cyrus (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Jun-2013 - 30-May-2015