Dr. McVie is Professor of Quantitative Criminology within the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. She is Director of the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) in Scotland, Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, and Leader of the CJ-Quest network for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Dr. McVie has a broad range of substantive interests, and her recent work includes research into: youth crime, deviance and substance use; patterns and trends in crime; criminal careers through the life-course; systems of justice, including transitions from juvenile to adult criminal justice systems; neighbourhood effects on offending; patterns of homicide; youth gangs and knife crime; and various projects on violent behaviour. She is also interested in the use of advanced methods in quantitative criminology, and her current work involves modeling trajectories of offending and other forms of behaviour; using multi-level modeling to establish the impact of neighbourhood-level effects and dynamics over and above individual-level effects on individual delinquency; and using quasi-experimental methods to investigate the impact of early youth justice intervention on later behaviour, life chances and criminal conviction trajectories. She is a member of several Scottish Government committees, consults broadly on a range of crime and justice related issues and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.
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