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I currently have limited capacity to take on new PhD supervision, but can consider projects relating directly to my research interests, specifically criminology of atrocity (war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity), and policing and democracy. I have supervised 9 PhD projects to completion.

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Personal profile


Andy has been teaching and researching in criminology at the University of Edinburgh since 2006, first in the School of Social and Political Science and the in the School of Law from 2012 onwards. He has also held research posts with the Home Office and Cardiff University. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University covering Criminology, Politics and Modern History.

Andy directs the cross-school and cross-disciplinary MSc programme in Global Crime, Justice and Security. He has served in leadership roles in postgraduate teaching, external relations, and research, most recently as Postgraduate Research Director in the School of Law. 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 PhDs to completion in topics including policy making, policy transfer, community policing and domestic violence. 

Current Research Interests

Andy is currently working on the criminology of atrocity crimes with an empirical focus on the former Yugoslavia and the analysis of evidence presented in international criminal courts. His recent work on the emerging Serb Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina explores issues of democratisation, deprofessionalisation and militarisation of the police as explanatory factors underlying police violence. His earlier work on Bosnia and Herzegovina explores the processes of criminal justice reform as part of a post-war state-building and democratisation, and links to more general questions of the relationship between police and democracy and of policing in post-communist states.

Andy maintains his interest in democratic governance of police and, continuing on from research undertaken in the SIPR-funded ‘Partners in Scrutiny’ project, worked with Dr Alistair Henry and Dr Ali Malik (Northumbria University) on the changing landscape of police governance in Scotland. His most recent work in this field, wıth Ceren Mermutluoğlu (Galatasary and MEF Universities, Istanbul) looks at the intersection of democratic policing and human rights.  


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 Sep 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 Sep 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 and Democracy


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