Publications & Outputs

2017

AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie has published a chapter in David McCrone's new book 'The New Sociology of Scotland'. Professor McVie's chapter, titled 'Social Order: Crime and Justice in...
This map is based on a grouping of tenure (owner-occupation, private rent, council/social rent) from the 2011 Scottish Census. Each datazone gets assigned to one of the resulting clusters and is...
Journal: Urban StudiesAuthors: Professor Gwilym Pryce and Dr Nema Dean Abstract Housing markets are unlikely to be impervious to the preferences and prejudices associated with urban segregation. For...

2016

Location, Dynamics, Owner Occupation and Ethnicity in Scotland (LDOES) The qualitative dimension of this project focuses on a local, residential area, Pollokshields, in the South side of Glasgow. We...
A complex picture One of the concerns raised in debates about immigration is the impact on house prices. The rising population caused by immigration is argued to push up prices as a result of...
AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie wrote a guest blog this week for ADRN - the Administrative Data Research Network - on the potential impact of better data linkage across crime data in Scotland...
We are very pleased to share the slides from our 5 keynote speakers at the AQMeN International Conference on Rediscovering Inequalities: exploring the interconnections between crime, education and...
In the UK, research has consistently found that university graduates from more advantaged social classes have a better chance of entering professional or managerial jobs compared to their...
Rates of recorded crime have been falling in many countries in Western Europe, including Scotland, since the early 1990s. This marks the reversal of a trend of increasing  levels of crime seen in...
Urban Poverty The location of poor households near the centre and wealthier households in the suburbs has for a long time been seen as the archetypal social structure of the industrial city. The...
Why examine how segregation changes? Spatial segregation – the division of cities into richer and poorer neighbourhoods, for example – is a key feature of urban areas. Many studies look at how much...
Leo Kavanah, Duncan Lee and Gwilym Pryce Annals of the American Association of Geographers  Abstract In this article we argue that the recent focus on the suburbanization of poverty is problematic...
In their guest blog for the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), Professor Nick Bailey and Dr Jon Minton reflect on the 2016 Scottish Index of Multiple of Deprivation figures and what they may...
In this blog post, published in The Conversation, Professor Nick Bailey and Dr Jonathan Minton discuss the increasing suburbanisation of poverty across Scotland’s four cities. Using data from the...
This booklet presents the findings from a survey of school children in Glasgow and Edinburgh, aged 12-16, who participated in the UPYC (Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime) Survey in 2015. The...
Dr Kath Murray and Professor Susan McVie have submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol. The consultation, which...
We are pleased to share the presentations from 'The Future of Education Data in Scotland' event which took place on 13th June in collaboration with The Scottish Government Education Analysis Division...
In the latest edition of Scottish Justice Matters, published on the 16th of June 2016,  Professor Susan McVie explores whether current methodological approaches to recording crime reflect the true...
AQMeN Research Briefing 11 - Why education matters for democracy - looks at the connection between an individual's education and their likelihood of participating in democracy.  Key points: ...
AQMeN Research Fellow Dr Jonathan Minton blogs on life couse hurdles and mortality risk, using Lexis surface visualisation to illustrate the variations in risk for different demographic groups.  Read...
This research report analyses non-continuation rates in higher education (HE) among Scottish young people from different social backgrounds and with protected characteristics (i.e. gender, ethnicity...
This summary report brings together research presented by AQMeN researchers from the Education and Social Stratification strand with the comments and feedback from policy and practitioner delegates...
This briefing note accompanies the project report from 'The view from the continent: what people in other member states think of the UK's EU referendum' Read the briefing in full. 
This briefing note accompanies the project report from 'The view from the continent: what people in other member states think of the UK's EU referendum'.  Read the briefing in full. 
This briefing note accompanies the project reports from 'The view from the continent: what people in other member states think about the UK's EU referendum'.  Read the briefing in full. 
AQMeN research briefing 10 - Brian Francis and Jiayi Liu  Key Points There is perhaps an assumption among the general public that offenders tend to escalate in seriousness as they develop in their...
AQMeN Director Susan McVie responds to the latest figures from the Scottish Crime and Justice survey.  The Justice Strategy for Scotland sets out a vision for “an inclusive and respectful society...
The presentation is now available from 'The View from the Continent: what people in other member states think about the UK's EU referendum' project.  This presentation, which was shared at events in...
In this presentation, Professor John Curtice compares the attitudes of citizens surveyed across the 6 EU member states with attitudes of British citizens towards the referendum. This presentation was...
We are delighted to share the results from this survey of citizens across EU member states, seeking their views on the crucial questions around the forthcoming EU UK referendum.  Researchers from The...
We are pleased to share the methods note from this survey of six EU member states, the findings from which can be found at the project pages for The view from the continent: what people in other...
A follow-up survey of people who had taken part in the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey in 2013 and 2014 was carried out to learn more about constitutional attitudes and party loyalties from the pre-...
This briefing by Professor John Curtice addresses a number of questions about the increase in support for independence and the impact of this on Scotland's constitutional future, using the results of...
We are pleased to share the presentations from the Understanding the 2015 General Election result in Scotland event which took place on 17th February 2016. 
This report draws together the findings from the Understand the 2015 General Election results in Scotland project, analysing the results from the 2015 General Election and the significant change in...
This bulletin summarises the findings from: Cristina Iannelli, Emer Smyth and Markus Klein (2015), Curriculum differentiation and social inequality in higher education entry in Scotland and Ireland,...
AQMeN research briefing 9 - Beyond Access to HE: widening access initiatives and student retention in Scotland. The chances of dropping out from higher educaton (HE) in Scotland are significantly...

2015

This article explores how to incorporate a spatial dependence effect into the standard multilevel modeling (MLM). The proposed method is particularly well suited to the analysis of geographically...
The November 2015 edition of Scottish Justice Matters, published on Friday 13th November, has been guest edited by AQMeN Director Susan McVie, Professor Lesley McCara (The University of Edinburgh)...
We are pleased to share the presentations from 'Social inequalities in education: why and how national institutional factors matter', which took place as part of the 2015 ESRC Festival of Social...
More than half of the world’s population now live in cities.  The processes that have caused urbanisation raise challenges with respect to social segregation as cities have become more diverse in...
AQMeN Director Professor Susan McVie explores Scotland's reputation as 'the most violent country in the developed world'. Drawing on the latest figures from the Scottish Government Homicide in...
Crime has fallen nationally, but this project aims to establish whether crime has fallen to the same extent within all local authority areas and the extent to which there is variation between areas. ...
AQMeN research briefing 6. Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein, from the Education and Social Stratification research strand, summarise their recent research on the possible factors behind the...
AQMeN research briefing 7. Cristina Iannelli and Markus Klein, from the Education and Social Stratification research strand, summarise their recent study which compares the Scottish and Irish...
The Scottish referendum of autumn 2014 has been debated as if it was a unique moment in the country's history, and in several senses it was indeed unprecedented – in the level of engagement by...
Abstract: Referendums often fail to live up to a deliberative standard, with many characterised by low levels of knowledge, disinterest and misinformation, negativity, and a focus on extraneous...
This article examines the impact of social origin on tertiary graduates’ labour market outcomes in Germany and the United Kingdom, two distinct countries in terms of higher education systems, labour...

2014

AQMeN research briefing 1: Understanding the crime drop in Scotland  Les Humphreys, Brian Francis and Susan McVie, from the Crime and Victimisation research strand, examine trends in crimes of...
The traditional view of poverty as an inner city phenomenon is being challenged. Recent analysis of American cities finds that suburbia is now “home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population...
Norris, P., McVie, S. & Pillinger, R., 'Winners and losers in the great crime drop'; Britain In 2015 magazine.
Pryce, Gwilym; McVie, Susan, 'Scoping Study on the performance and market value of energy efficient homes.'
Research briefing 3 reports on a preliminary investigation of local differences during the drop in crime in the Greater Glasgow area between 2004 and 2010/11. In recent years, a crime drop has been...
Read AQMeN research briefing paper 2, Changing patterns in in victimisation in Scotland1993-2011 by Paul Norris, Rebecca Pillinger and Susan McVie
In AQMeN research briefing 4: Where have all the young offenders gone? Ben Matthews explores why the crime drop that has happened in Scotland since the early 1990s is not evenly distributed among...
Pryce, G., 'Residential Segregation, Social Mix and Social Integration';  The FSS Conference, University of Sheffield
Pryce, G., 'Urban Segregation: What is it? What causes it? And does it matter?';  Ignite KE Event
This paper summarises results from the only representative and comprehensive survey of Scots under the age of 18 who will be enfranchised to vote in the referendum in September 2014 following the...
Norris, P. & Pillinger, R., 'Is the crime drop a fallacy? The role of prevalence, incidence and crime type in explaining changing levels of crime in Scotland'; British Criminology Conference,...
Judith Offerhaus ‘Transitioning through recession? Labour market entry patterns for hard and soft fields of studies before and during the financial crisis’; International Sociological Association...
Judith Offerhaus ‘Standardized determination? The relationship of educational systems and individual employment histories in Europe'; International Sociological Association World Congress in Yokohama...
Pryce, G., 'The Determination of Perceived Substitutability in Housing Markets: Using House Price Dynamics to Distinguish Between Social Mix and Social Integration'; The European Network for Housing...
'Independence Referendum: A question of identity, economics or equality?', in A. Park, J. Curtice, and C. Bryson (eds), British Social Attitudes: The 31st report, London: NatCen Social Research. 2014...
This survey builds on a similar survey carried out by the same team during April and May 2013. Many questions from last year have been repeated in the same way. Additionally, we have included new...
‘Can Scotland and the rest of the UK get along’, in A. Park, J. Curtice, and C. Bryson (eds), British Social Attitudes: the 31st report, London: NatCen Social Research.
With just six months to go until polling day, John Curtice highlights the ‘soft underbelly’ of the pro-union vote that could swing it for the Yes side: those Scots who want more devolution but aren't...
This paper specifically seeks to explain why those who are most disadvantaged in Scottish society are more likely to support independence. This focus on the lowest ranking socio-economic classes is...
Although the actual constitutional preferences of the Scottish public have been analysed at great length, the assessments of how different constitutional scenarios will perform in future have...
A stable finding of research on civic participation is the correlation between overall educational attainment and various attributes that are relevant to democracy, such as propensity to be active,...
From the first issue of 2014, Scottish Affairs is being published by Edinburgh University Press. This development allows the journal to benefit from the production and marketing expertise of the...
As the Scottish independence referendum is drawing near, the importance of understanding public attitudes that influence support for independence is increasing. The relationship between attitudes...
Social media is now common currency in the daily lives of most people, particularly younger people (Langford and Baldwin 2013). The Youth Citizenship Commission’s final report noted that the...
Existing research has consistently shown that perceptions of the potential economic consequences of Scottish independence are vital to levels of support for constitutional change. This paper attempts...
Scotland is often perceived as having a relatively welcoming view towards migrants and is presented as such by its politicians and policymakers. This positioning sits within a broader political...
This paper presents findings of an exploration into the sources of the association of age with attitude towards Scottish independence. Polls and surveys have repeatedly shown that the lower the age...

2013

This paper focuses on the role of curricular content on social mobility, an issue largely neglected by social mobility studies. Using data from the National Child Development Study, the paper...
Professor Susan McVie, 'Understanding patterns in violence victimisation using latent class analysis'; Presentation for AQMeN Workshop on Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, Edinburgh.
This survey was the first representative analysis of the attitudes of 14-17 year olds living in Scotland on the Scottish independence referendum to be held in 2014.The results presented in this...
Opinion poll after opinion poll finds a ‘gender gap’ in men and women’s support for Scottish independence. But why are women apparently less willing than men to support independence? This paper uses...