Safer communities

Spotlight on Fernando Pantoja

Fernando joined the ADR Scotland Safer Communities project in February 2020. Unfortunately, this was just a month before the first lockdown. Therefore not only did he have the same challenge as everyone else to establish a home office, he also had to get to know colleagues through online meetings. However, he was lucky to be part of a very friendly and supportive team, that helped him to adjust to this new way of working. One of his favourite activities is a regular online meeting that the team has every Friday, where they share all their accomplishments and frustrations.

Our Co-Director and Lead of our Safer Communities programme, Professor Susan McVie, has joined the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences.

As we enter new phases of the pandemic, how can administrative data help us to better understand what’s happened and inform policy and practice in preparation for potential future waves?

This research involves working with the Independent Advisory Group on Police Use of Temporary Powers Related to the Coronavirus to scrutinise the policing of the pandemic in Scotland.

This research will explore how factors like mental health conditions, drug use and alcohol relate to incidents of violence and related demands for public services.

In this strand, we aim to describe and understand the factors that influence community safety and wellbeing. This includes studying problems and inequalities caused by drug use, alcohol consumption, mental health and violence. 

Our research also looks at patterns of demand for public...