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Lynne Copson, PhD, MSc, MSc, BSc

(Former employee or visitor)


Lynne joined the School of Law in August 2011 as Teaching Fellow in Criminology and in February 2014 became an Early Career Development Fellow. Her principal research interests lie in theories of crime, harm and justice; the relationship between conventional and critical criminology and the emerging perspective of zemiology (or a ‘social harm approach’); and utopianism. Her current research focuses on unearthing the concepts of harm and justice underpinning the conventional criminal justice system in contrast to those implicit within critical criminological and zemiological theories, particularly in terms of their respective policy implications for realising justice and ‘the good society’.

Lynne has a PhD from the University of Bristol, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Sociology), funded through an ESRC ‘1+3’ competition award. She also has an MSc in Social and Cultural Theory and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Bristol. During her doctoral studies, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and she is also an associate of the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh, having undertaken a short-term secondment with the IAD in 2012 to investigate the possibilities of developing credit-bearing pro bono work within the undergraduate degree programme in Law. Lynne has previously taught on undergraduate courses in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol and in the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy, University of the West of England.


Research outputs

  1. Book Review: Public Criminology?

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  2. The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. School Research Discussions: Law and Literature

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Criminological Theory Group

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. Fettes College Visit

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

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