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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).

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2014 2019

103 Downloads (Pure)

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

Open Access
File
decentralization
German Federal Railways
police
act
justice
100 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
law enforcement
police
coverage
methodology
intelligence

Lights, camera, provocation? Exploring experiences of surveillance in the policing of Scottish football

Hamilton-Smith, N., McBride, M. & Atkinson, C., 14 Dec 2019, In : Policing & Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

provocation
surveillance
act
fan
police
law enforcement
intelligence
coverage
offense
qualitative research
1 Citation (Scopus)
freedom of information
museum
terrorism
manager
social research

Activities 2017 2019

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

Contemporary Social Science (Journal)

Colin Atkinson (Peer reviewer)
28 May 2019 → …

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

Youth Justice: An International Journal (Journal)

Colin Atkinson (Peer reviewer)
2 Aug 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

Policing & Society (Journal)

Colin Atkinson (Peer reviewer)
5 Oct 20182 Nov 2018

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

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

Colin Atkinson (Speaker)
22 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

British Transport Police merger with Police Scotland

Colin Atkinson

28/08/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The end of the line? The British Transport Police in Scotland

Colin Atkinson & Kath Murray

11/06/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

‘It’s not rocket science!’: Effectively policing Paisley’s violence problem

Colin Atkinson, Martin Gallagher & Del Middleton

29/05/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Police in Scotland accused of operating 'macho' culture

Colin Atkinson

29/01/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

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