PhD Research Project

A comparative study of Scottish Police Boards

Supervisors: Mik Wisniewski University of Strathclyde and Professor Nick Fyfe University of Dundee

PhD Student: Philip Etherson University of Strathclyde

            Mik Wisniewski's website

            Nick Fyfe's website


In Scotland the governance of policing is shared between central government, local government and chief constables with Police Boards as the primary arm of local governance for each police service. However, little published research has been done on the role and performance of Police Boards although recently reports such as HMIC’S “Independent Review of Policing in Scotland” raised questions over their effectiveness, authority, accountability and scrutiny.

This Ph.D. research project intends to compare and review Scottish Police Boards to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of the governance of the Police Board.


SIPR Research Summary: A comparative study of Scottish Police Boards[January 2010]

Links to further publications will be added here in due course.


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