Prof. Michele BURMAN

Dr. Michele BURMAN

With a background in sociology, psychology and law, Michele is a feminist criminologist with long-standing research interests in responses to gender-based violence. Michele is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Glasgow, and previously worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen and as a civil servant in the Scottish Government.

An experienced research leader, Michele co-founded and led the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) a cross-institutional partnership between 4 Scottish universities for 10 years from 2006 – 2016.  From 2015 – 2019, Michele was the Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She served as a subpanel member for Social Work/Social Policy on the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and is currently a member of the same sub panel for REF 2021. Michele was Co-editor-in-Chief of the international journal Criminology and Criminal Justice from 2015 – 2020.

Michele has published widely on criminal justice responses to rape and domestic abuse, on the punishment of women and on young women and violence. She has held almost 30 research grants from a range of prestigious funders and has provided research based advice to criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners over many years. In recognition of her work, Michele was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday List in 2019, for services to Criminology.

Professor of Criminology
School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow

Research Area:

  • Feminist criminology
  • Responses to gender-based violence
  • Punishment of women
  • Young women and violence
  • Youth justice