Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

My capacity to take on new PhD supervision in 2025/26 is limited. I can consider projects relating directly to my research interests, specifically criminology of atrocity (war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity), and policing and democracy. Please contact me to check on the latest situation.

Personal profile


Andy joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 2006, and the School of Law in 2012. He previously held research posts with the Home Office and Cardiff University. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Andy has served in leadership roles in postgraduate teaching, external relations, and research, as Postgraduate Research Director in the School of Law, and has regularly acted as co-director for the cross-school and cross-disciplinary MSc programme in Global Crime, Justice and Security.

Andy has mentored several colleagues in early career research and lecturing roles, including BA Newton and ESRC Global Challenges Research post-doctoral fellows. He is an active PhD supervisor and has supervised 9 PhDs to completion in topics including policing, transitional justice, harms of borderisation, and domestic violence. 

Current Research Interests

Andy's interests cover the criminology of atrocity crimes, and policing with a focus on governance and democracy.

He is currently focused on wartime detention camps in Herzegovina, atrocity and its aftermath in cinema, states' engagement with international criminal justice, and the pedagogy of atrocity criminology. With colleagues in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Netherlands, he wrote the chapter on criminology and atrocity crimes for the latest Oxford Handbook of Criminology.

His previous work on Bosnia and Herzegovina explored criminal justice reform as state-building and democratisation. Andy maintains his interest in democratic governance of police in research on Scotland with Dr Alistair Henry and Dr Ali Malik, and in relation to human rights with Ceren Mermutluoğlu. 


Andy teaches on a number of MSc and undergraduate courses focusing on international dimensions of criminology.


Education/Academic qualification


31 Oct 20031 Feb 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Criminology, Master of Science, Cardiff University

1 Sept 200030 Aug 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Modern History and Politics, Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 199530 Jun 2000

Award Date: 1 Jul 2000

External positions

Project Reviewer, Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia (Fond za nauka Republike Srbije)

3 Oct 20223 Oct 2024

PhD Supervisor, Edinburgh Napier University

1 Oct 2022 → …

External Examiner (PhD), Stockholm University, Department of Criminology

29 Oct 2021

Membership of International Editorial Board for Journal, 'Kriminalističke Teme', Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo

23 Feb 2021 → …

External Examiner, PhD, Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences

29 Jun 202029 Dec 2020

External Examiner (MSc/LLM), University of Leeds

1 Sept 20187 Jun 2022


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Bosnia
  • Police
  • Prisons
  • Politics
  • International Criminal Justice
  • International intervention
  • State-building
  • Transitional Justice
  • International Criminal Law
  • Genocide
  • War crimes
  • Atrocity Crimes
  • Testimony
  • ICTY
  • Global Crime
  • Post-socialist states
  • Yugoslavia
  • Conflict
  • Violence

College Research Themes

  • Governance & Democracy


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  • States and International Criminal Justice: COST CA18228 Scoping Survey (version 2)

    Aydin-Aitchison, A. (Creator), Aksamitowska, K. (Creator), Andaya, R. (Creator), Anosova, I. (Creator), Bernasol, J. (Creator), Bhadra, P. (Creator), Brandon, E. (Creator), Buljubašić, M. (Creator), Chakrabarty, I. (Creator), Christensen, M. J. (Creator), de León Agosto, L. (Creator), Dobrovolskis, M. (Creator), Emasealu, M. (Creator), Gërdeci, A. (Creator), Ghiasi, S. (Creator), Gómez Alcorta, E. (Creator), Hoffmann, T. (Creator), Higgins, N. (Creator), Hossain, M. P. (Creator), Hronum, C. (Creator), Jeiranashvili, N. (Creator), Jusufi, I. (Creator), Kirabira, T. (Creator), Lingaas, C. (Creator), Lohne, K. (Creator), Maguire, G. (Creator), Maljević, A. (Creator), Mancini, M. (Creator), Markevičiūtė, U. (Creator), Martinaitytė, L. (Creator), Matsiko, S. (Creator), Mejía, G. (Creator), Munivrana, M. (Creator), Dalsgaard Nielsen, T. A. (Creator), Oyewole, O. (Creator), Radmanović, J. (Creator), Ragaišytė, I. M. (Creator), Ristivojević, B. (Creator), Roksandić, S. (Creator), Samardžić, S. (Creator), Šestan, K. (Creator), Steponavičiūtė, R. (Creator), Stojanović, N. (Creator), Švedas, G. (Creator), Tamayo Gomez, C. (Creator), Vegh Weis, V. (Creator), Vosyliūtė, A. (Creator), Holá, B. (Creator), Rodrigues, F. (Creator) & Vasiliev, S. (Creator), Edinburgh DataShare, 6 Nov 2023


  • States and International Criminal Justice: COST CA18228 Scoping Survey (version 1)

    Aydin-Aitchison, A. (Creator), Brandon, E. (Creator), Buljubašić, M. (Creator), Dobrovolskis, M. (Researcher), Gërdeci, A. (Creator), Hoffmann, T. (Creator), Higgins, N. (Creator), Hossain, M. P. (Creator), Jeiranashvili, N. (Creator), Jusufi, I. (Researcher), Maguire, G. (Researcher), Maljević, A. (Researcher), Mancini, M. (Creator), Markevičiūtė, U. (Researcher), Martinaitytė, L. (Researcher), Matsiko, S. (Creator), Radmanović, J. (Researcher), Ragaišytė, I. M. (Researcher), Ristivojević, B. (Researcher), Samardžić, S. (Creator), Steponavičiūtė, R. (Researcher), Stojanović, N. (Researcher), Švedas, G. (Creator), Vosyliūtė, A. (Researcher), Christensen, M. J. (Creator), Holá, B. (Creator), Lohne, K. (Creator), Rodrigues, F. (Creator), Roksandić, S. (Creator), Vasiliev, S. (Creator), Kanka Ćudić, E. (Data Collector) & Kyriakidis, A. (Other), Justice 360, Jun 2023