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Dr. Colin Atkinson is a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of the West of Scotland. His research interests focus mainly upon the intersection of crime, policing, intelligence and security, particularly as these issues relate to terrorism and organised crime. Colin has a professional background in intelligence analysis and counter-terrorism, and before joining the University of the West of Scotland he held the position of research fellow at the University of Glasgow. He holds several degrees, including an MA (Hons) in politics and an MPhil (with distinction) in international politics from the University of Glasgow, as well as an MSc in criminology and criminal justice (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde. He most recently achieved an MLitt in terrorism studies (with distinction) from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in sociology from the University of Glasgow. His research has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and policy reports. Colin is an associate editor for the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, and has reviewed manuscripts for several journals in the areas of policing, security and terrorism. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Security
  • Terrorism
  • Organised crime
  • Social theory

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Research Output 2015 2019

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Devolution, departures and destinations: reflections on the Railway Policing (Scotland) Act 2017

Murray, K. & Atkinson, C., 14 Jan 2019, In : Edinburgh Law Review. 23, 1, p. 130-136 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Community Experiences of Serious Organised Crime in Scotland

Fraser, A., Hamilton-Smith, N., Clark, A., Atkinson, C., Graham, W., McBride, M., Doyle, M. & Hobbs, D., May 2018, The Scottish Government. 94 p. (Social Research Series)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

organized crime
everyday life
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Activities 2017 2019

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 4 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Invited talk

Contemporary Social Science (Journal)

Colin Atkinson (Peer reviewer)
28 May 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Museums, terrorism and security in the United Kingdom

Colin Atkinson (Speaker)
7 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Mind the grass! Exploring the assessment of informant coverage in policing and law enforcement

Colin Atkinson (Speaker)
22 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Policing & Society (Journal)

Colin Atkinson (Peer reviewer)
5 Oct 20182 Nov 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review