Niall Hamilton-Smith is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is the Head of the Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology subject group, an Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research ( http://www.sccjr.ac.uk/ ) and an associate of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal, Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Prior to Stirling, Niall worked as a criminologist in the Home Office's research directorate, working both on the crime reduction programme and on the organised crime research programme.
My research interests include:
Policing and Organised Crime, in particular police intelligence, human trafficking, and community aspects of organised criminality (harm, benefits, awareness, involvement etc.).
Community policing, community safety and crime reduction, in particular multi-agency partnership programmes, crime prevention programmes, and associated approaches to evaluation and performance management.
Sectarianism (perceived or otherwise) and its association with marches and parades and with Scottish football.
Risk management and control strategies associated with sporting events and mega events more generally
I currently supervise doctoral students across these research areas and welcome PhD enqueries from applicants with interests in any of these, or related, areas.
Atkinson C, Mackenzie S & Hamilton-Smith N (2017) A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Asset-Focussed Interventions against Organised Crime. Economic and Social Research Council. What Works: Crime Reduction Systematic Review Series, 9. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Atkinson C, Mackenzie S & Hamilton-Smith N (2017) The Effectiveness of Asset-Focussed Interventions against Organised Crime: Protocol for a Systematic Review. Economic and Social Research Council. What Works: Crime Reduction Systematic Review Series. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Cavanagh B, Hamilton-Smith N & Mackenzie S (2016) Organised crime in Scotland and the Criminal Justice Response. In: Croall H, Mooney G & Munro M (eds.) Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 115-130. https://www.routledge.com/Crime-Justice-and-Society-in-Scotland/Croall-Mooney-Munro/p/book/9780415750301.
Hamilton-Smith N, Anderson S, Simpson I, McArdle D, McBride M, Goodall K, Haynes R, Jago N & Crawford J (2015) An evaluation of section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012. Scottish Government. Social Research Series. Scottish Government.
Hamilton-Smith N, Malloch M, Ashe S, Rutherford AC & Bradford B (2015) Community Impact of Public Processions. Scottish Government. Social Research series: Crime and Justice. Scottish Government Social Research.
Hopkins M & Hamilton-Smith N (2014) Football Banning Orders: The Highly Effective Cornerstone of a Preventative Strategy?. In: Hopkins M & Treadwell J (eds.) Football Hooliganism, Fan Behaviour and Crime. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 222-247. http://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9781137347961; https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137347978_11.
Hamilton-Smith N & McArdle D (2013) England's Act, Scotland's Shame and the Limits of the Law. In: Flint J, Kelly J (ed.). Bigotry, Football and Scotland, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 130-144.
Malloch M, Warden T & Hamilton-Smith N (2012) Care and Support for Adult Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: A Review. Scottish Government. Social Research series. Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Armstrong S, Hamilton-Smith N & Mackenzie S (2009) Measuring Police Impact on Organised Crime: a Review of SCDEA's Key Performance Indicators. Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA). Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
Hamilton-Smith N (2018) War on drugs is unwinnable, but locking up Mr Bigs is still worth it. The Conversation, 01.01.1970. https://theconversation.com/war-on-drugs-is-unwinnable-but-locking-up-mr-bigs-is-still-worth-it-90649