Susan is Director of the Understanding Inequalities project. She is also Co-Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Scotland; Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime; and a founding member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. From 2009-2017, she was Director of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN).
Susan is an expert in advanced quantitative methods and the bulk of her research involves using large-scale, crime and justice-related survey and administrative datasets. Her current interests include research into: crime patterns, trends and inequalities in the context of the crime drop in Scotland; youth crime and juvenile justice; criminal careers through the life-course; patterns of violence and homicide; youth gangs and knife crime; policing and crime reduction; stop and search; and police use of biometric data.
Susan received (with Professor Lesley McAra) the Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal in 2013 and the University of Edinburgh’s Chancellor’s Award for Impact from HRH Princess Anne in 2016. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014 and received an OBE for services to social science in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2016. In July 2019, together with Professor Lesley McAra, she was awarded the ESRC Impact prize for Outstanding Public Policy for their work on the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime.