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What are the causal drivers of inequality in the exposure to crime?

Shaping policing responses to crime inequality

The second of two interrelated webinars which, based on new research, explores the interplay between inequality, crime and policing and how this may differ in the COVID-19 recovery period. This webinar considers the potential for policing strategies to entrench or improve place and people-based inequalities, covering topics such as policing domestic abuse and the night-time economy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 15:00 to 16:30

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Police use of the new Covid-19 powers: Using administrative data to analyse and evaluate practice


A data report scrutinising Police Scotland’s use of the new temporary powers introduced to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic shows that less than seven percent of all interventions involved the use of enforcement, such as a fine or an arrest.

UI Project featured in award-nominated poverty and inequality documentary

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.

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