Dr Andy Aydın-Aitchison

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Andy joined the criminology team in the School of Law in 2012, having previously lectured in Social Policy, also at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked with the Home Office, analysing crime data on the English regions and Wales, and with Cardiff University evaluating a multi-agency robbery reduction initiative. He holds degrees from the Edinburgh and Cardiff Universities.
Andy works on the criminology of atrocity crimes. His recent work on the emerging Serb Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) explores issues of democratisation, deprofessionalisation and militarisation of the police as explanatory factors underlying police violence. His earlier work on post-war reform in BiH covers, among other features, relationship between police and democracy.
Closer to home, Andy maintains his interest in democratic governance of police and, continuing on from research undertaken in the SIPR-funded ‘Partners in Scrutiny’ project, Andy works with Edinburgh colleague Dr Alistair Henry and former doctoral student Dr Ali Malik on the changing landscape of police governance in Scotland. A further project links police, democracy and human rights.
As of 2018, Andy has supervised 7 PhDs to completion and welcomes proposals for PhDs in any area relating to his research interests.


Policing and democracy; police and war crimes; post-socialist policing; more broadly, criminal justice and state building; states in transition; democratisation; atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide); Bosnia and Herzegovina; former Yugoslavia; comparative methods

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