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Andy Aydın-Aitchison

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SIPR Academic Member
Police-Community Relations Network
University of Edinburgh

Andy has taught and researched criminology at the University of Edinburgh since 2006, first in the School of Social and Political Science and now in the School of Law. He has also held research posts with the Home Office and Cardiff University. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University covering Criminology, Politics and Modern History. At Edinburgh, Andy directs an interdisciplinary MSc programme in Global Crime, Justice and Security. He is an active PhD supervisor and has supervised nine doctoral researchers to completion in topics including policy transfer, community policing, police governance, and family violence. Andy continues to welcome applicants for doctoral study and post-doctoral mentoring. Andy has provided expert review of police legislation for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and recently provided written and oral evidence on UK legislation to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy and Constitution.


Andy’s primary focus is currently on the criminology of atrocity. His recent work on the emerging Serb Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina explores issues of democratisation, deprofessionalisation and militarisation of the police as explanatory factors underlying police violence. His earlier work on Bosnia and Herzegovina explores the processes of police and criminal justice reform as part of a post-war state-building and democratisation, and links to more general questions of the relationship between police and democracy and of policing in post-communist states. Andy maintains his interest in democratic governance of police and, continuing on from research undertaken in the SIPR-funded ‘Partners in Scrutiny’ project, worked with Dr Alistair Henry and Dr Ali Malik (Northumbria University) on the changing landscape of police governance in Scotland. His most recent work in this field, with Ceren Mermutluoğlu (Galatasary and MEF Universities, Istanbul) looks at the intersection of democratic policing and human rights.

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