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Associate Director (Police Community Relations Network), Scottish Institute for Policing Research


British Academy, Consortium-building and project development for Horizon Europe call: Police and Forensic services (Pump Priming Collaboration between UK and EU Partners). Dr Megan O'Neill (PI). Awarded in November 2021. £10,000.

Economic and Social Research Council, INTERACT: Investigating New Types of Engagement, Response And Contact Technology in Policing. Dr Liz Aston (PI), Dr Megan O’Neill, Dr Helen Wells, Prof Ben Bradford (Co-Is). Awarded in December 2020. £862,000. I will lead Phase 3 of the project.

Scottish Universities Insight Institute: ‘Policing Digital Futures’, £19,040 for a programme of events to bring together groups associated with debates on state powers of online surveillance to facilitate ethically-informed policy and practice.  August 2019 – November 2020. Prof Burkhard Schafer (University of Edinburgh) and I lead the project.

COST Action: Police Stops, led by Prof Dr Sofie de Kimpe of Vrije Universityeit Brussel (VUB). A four-year programme of activity examining practice and culture related to stop and search in Europe, 2018 - 2022. I am part of the Executive Committee and co-lead WG1. €530,000.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £61,092. ‘Policing Everyday Cybercrime: The Geographies and Culture of Local Cybercrime Policing’, Mr Craig Thomson. Will commence September 2019 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Dr Jon Mendel (University of Dundee) is the second supervisor.

Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Police Community Relations Collaborative Projects grant, ‘Public Confidence & Police Visibility: a Systematic Review’. Funding awarded: £7,223.53. PI: Dr Liz Aston (Edinburgh Napier University). I am the co-Investigator. The project will run from September 2017 to February 2018.

NordForsk Consortium, Society, Integrity and Cyber-Security call. Project entitled: ‘Taking surveillance apart?: Accountability and Legitimacy of Internet Surveillance and Expanded Investigatory Powers’, award number: 80895. Funding awarded: €1,035,959. I am the PI and included collaborators from Dundee, other UK universities and colleagues in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £58,851. ‘Stop and Search in Scotland: An analysis of police practice and culture in a time of change’, Ms Estelle Clayton. Commenced October 2016 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Dr Anna Souhami (University of Edinburgh) is the second supervisor.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £57,177. ‘Volunteers in Policing: The nature, experience and impacts of the Special Constabulary’, Mr Graeme Dickson. 1 October 2015 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Prof Nick Fyfe is the second supervisor.

EU Horizon 2020, FCT-14-2014: ‘Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens - Community policing’. I am part of the ‘Unity’ consortium, led by West Yorkshire Police. I co-lead Work Package 2. The bid is worth €4.6M. Dundee’s share is €285,000. Work commenced May 2015.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Evaluation of the Stop and Search Fife Pilot. Principal investigator (with Dr Liz Aston, Edinburgh Napier University, as co-investigator). Report submitted in June 2015. £34,000.

Research Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust. £14,729 (for teaching cover and research expenses), 1 June 2012 – 30 September 2013. ‘PCSOs as the paraprofessionals of policing’. Ref: RF-2012-332.

Economic and Social Research Council, CASE studentship. £62,040. Commenced October 2009 (three years) in partnership with Greater Manchester Police. ‘Police Partnership Working in Priority Neighbourhoods.’ Ref: ES/G039062/1.

British Academy Small Grants Scheme, £5041, 18 months commencing on 1 July 2008 (completion deadline extended to December 2010 due to maternity leave). ‘The Culture of Plural Policing: Theory and Practice.’ Ref: Sg-46702.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Social Interaction in the Policing of Scottish Football, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Albion College

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

External positions

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts

2019 → …

Associate Director

1 Nov 2018 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • policing
  • Police culture
  • plural policing
  • police
  • surveillance


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