Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith

Associate Professor

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith

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About me

About me

Niall Hamilton-Smith is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching and the Programme Director of the MSc Criminology. He is 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.  

Research (7)

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. Negotiating just transitions when responding to climate change and associated environmental challenges. I currently supervise doctoral students across these research areas and welcome PhD enquiries from applicants with interests in any of these, or related, areas.

Projects

Water and Fire: Understanding and reducing risk with 15 “Best Bets” for enhancing capacity for transformative adaptation with vulnerable township residents on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa.
PI: Professor Derek McGhee
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Emerging Technologies in Policing
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: Scottish Institute for Policing Research

Community experiences of serious organised crime in Scotland
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith

A Proposal to Conduct Research into the Impact of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: Scottish Government

Community Impact of Marches and Parades
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: Scottish Government

The governance of Security and the Analysis of Risk for Sporting Mega-Events: creating a living legacy for Europe from an analysis of security planning for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (G2014)
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: Scottish Government

Outputs (26)

Outputs

Research Report

Fraser A, Hamilton-Smith N, Clark A, Atkinson C, Graham W, McBride M, Doyle M & Hobbs D (2018) Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland. Scottish Government. Social Research Series. Edinburgh. https://www.gov.scot/publications/community-experiences-serious-organised-crime-scotland/

Research Report

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. http://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Systematic_Review_Series/Pages/Organised-crime.aspx

Research Report

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. http://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Systematic_Review_Series/Pages/Organised-crime.aspx

Book Chapter

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

Research Report

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. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/02/3769/downloads

Book Chapter

Hamilton-Smith N & McArdle D (2013) England's Act, Scotland's Shame and the Limits of the Law. In: Flint J & Kelly J (eds.) Bigotry, Football and Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 130-144. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-bigotry-football-and-scotland.html

Research Report

Hamilton-Smith N, Bradford B, Hopkins M, Kurland J, Lightowler C, McArdle D & Tilley N (2011) An Evaluation of Football Banning Orders in Scotland. Scottish Government. Scottish Government. www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.

Research Report

Hamilton-Smith N & Patel S (2010) Determining Identity and Nationality in Local Policing. Home Office. Research Report, 42. Home Office. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/science-research-statistics/research-statistics/crime-research/horr42/

Book Chapter

Hamilton-Smith N & Kent A (2005) The Prevention of Domestic Burglary. In: Tilley N (ed.) Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing, pp. 417-457. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781843921462/

Teaching

Teaching

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

Research centres/groups