Paul Norris is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. He completed his PhD, entitled “Policing priorities in London: Do Borough Characteristics Make a Difference?” in 2009. He is an associate member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and on the editorial board for the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice.
His research interests focus on the relationship between social context, political economy and crime and justice. More specifically, his work within the Understanding Inequalities project will be concerned with understanding the multi-dimensional nature of offending and victimisation, and the extent to which experience of crime has become more concentrated on specific groups of individuals over time.
Dr Norris uses a range of advanced quantitative methods, notably latent class analysis and multilevel modelling. More recently he has begun to use, and teach, the use of Bayesian approaches within social science research.