Liz's primary areas of research are in policing, violence, young people, gender and effective and early intervention policies. Her PhD critically examined Violence in Institutions, specifically Schools and Hospitals and the experiences of it for front line service providers at work. She also spent a number of years as a researcher with the Scottish Poverty Information Unit where the need for close partnership working in social and criminal justice was established. She had also for over 10 years supported students at under-graduate and post-graduate level as part of their assessed studies in undertaking research for a variety of community, voluntary and statutory organisations, such as Strathclyde Police and (now) Police Scotland, Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and SACRO to name but a few. Most recently, with colleagues at UWS she undertook an Evaluation of the Prevention First Strategy in Ayrshire for Police Scotland. Currently she is working with colleagues at UWS on two research projects: one for Police Scotland and the other for Poppyscotland's Unforgotten Forces project.