In Autumn 2019, a new 6-part documentary series titled ‘Darren McGarvey’s Scotland’ provided a hard-hitting examination of the poverty and inequality impacting on people and communities across both urban and rural parts of Scotland.
The popular BBC Scotland series has now been nominated for two awards which will be announced in June 2020.
- Royal Television Society Scotland Award 2020 for Documentary and Specialist Factual
- 2020 Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils
Youth crime in Edinburgh
Episode 2 focused on crime and was filmed in the City of Edinburgh. It featured Professor Susan McVie, Director of the Understanding Inequalities project, who offered insights into the work of the project and wider research evidence on crime, justice and inequalities.
Driving around different parts of Edinburgh with Darren, Susan shares her expertise on the effects of poverty on criminality and talks about aspirations in young people from different social backgrounds.
“If the opportunities aren’t there, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, you’re never going to manage to escape from your own circumstances.”
– Professor Susan McVie
About Susan McVie
Susan McVie OBE FRSE is Professor of Quantitative Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. Susan has a broad range of research interests including youth crime and justice; violence and homicide; police stop and search; crime trends and patterns.
Susan is also Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, a study of youth offending based at the University of Edinburgh since 1998.