I am Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Strathclyde University Law School, where I'm Director of the Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, and programme director of the LLM / MSc in Criminal Justice & Penal Change.
For over twenty-five years I've conducted and published research into various aspects of criminal justice in Scotland and abroad, including: the impact of legal aid reforms, plea decision-making and plea negotiation, lawyer-client relations, the role of pre-sentence reports, mitigation and individualisation, sentencing, executive release decision-making, and the use of information technology (including, for example, the introduction of a Sentencing Information System for the High Court).
Regularly invited to speak to policy and practice audiences at home and around the world, for example, I'm currently giving public lectures on sustainable ways of reducing the use of imprisonment.
I'm the founder and Chair of the European Group on Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making (a network of academic, policy and practice members in over 25 countries).
I have also served as adviser to governments in several countries, for example recently to the senior judiciary and court service of the Irish Republic, and am currently assisting Northern Ireland’s Review of Sentencing Policy.
Currently, I'm working, (with partners in Sweden, Italy and the USA), on an EU-funded research study into Emotions in the criminal process.
In 2017 I was invited and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
- Ritual Individualisation and Emotion Work at Sentencing and Conviction - Invited Speaker
- Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making
- Restorative Practices: Foundational Skills - Intensive CPD Course
- Academic Course Director - Restorative Practices: Intensive Skills CPD Course
- Ritual Individualisation in the Criminal Process - Invited Speaker
- From Custody to Community: Community Justice Scotland Conference
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)
- Street crime and fear of street crime have significant adverse impacts on individual lives, the use and regeneration of urban areas, the ability to attract businesses and investment, the price of property, and the ability of citizens to live full and creative lives. Previous studies have examined the relationships between a range of social, economic and situational factors and levels and predictability of crime using a range of techniques. However the impact of altering these factors (where they can be influenced), and how such measures might be combined with other potential crime reduction measures are not fully understood.
This research aims to achieve new insights into the pattern of crime in cities using big data analytics to analyse the relationships between multiple datasets and levels of crime, and use genetic algorithms to derive innovative optimised strategies that result in lower levels of street crime alongside balancing other objectives - such as lower service costs (eg from improved design of street lighting, and policing patterns), lower carbon emissions, and improved public confidence and acceptance. These strategies will be tested through using the city as a living lab, drawing on Glasgow's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) City Demonstrator role.
- Period 01-Jun-2013 - 30-May-2015