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Dr Alistair Fraser

Honorary Assistant Professor



Alistair is an early-career criminologist with broad-ranging interests spanning sociology, law, social policy, anthropology, social theory and cultural studies.

Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, Alistair worked as a Research Assistant at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, carrying out a variety of funded research projects on youth violence, community policing, female offending, and oral history.

His interests lie particularly in the study of youth crime and justice in a global and comparative context, with specialist expertise in the field of youth gangs. He is an experienced ethnographer and qualitative researcher, having carried out fieldwork in Glasgow, Chicago and Hong Kong, as well as a number of evaluations of youth justice interventions.


University of Glasgow

University of Oxford

LLB (Hons)
University of Glasgow

Research interests

Crime and globalisation
Youth ‘gangs’
The city

Selected publications

Journal articles:

Fraser, A. and Atkinson, C. (2014) ‘Making Up Gangs: Looping, Labelling and the New Politics of Intelligence-Led Policing’. Youth Justice, 14(2), 154-170.

Fraser, A. (2013) ‘Ethnography at the Periphery: Redrawing the borders of criminology’s world-map’, Theoretical Criminology, 17(2), 251-260.

Fraser, A. (2013) ‘Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow’, Journal of Youth Studies, 16(8), 970-985.

Book chapters:

Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (2013) ‘We Belong to Glasgow: The Thirdspaces of Youth ‘Gangs’ and Asylum Seeker, Refugee and Migrant Groups’ in C. Phillips and C. Webster (eds.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime, London: Routledge, 55-79.

Fraser, A. (2010) ‘Deviation from the Mean?: Cultural Representations of Glasgow since No Mean City’, in A. McNair and J. Ryder (eds.) Further from the Frontiers: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies, Aberdeen: AHRC Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies.

Edited collections:

Ashe, S., Fraser, A. and Piacentini, T. (eds) (2009) Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities, Esharp, University of Glasgow.


Joe-Laidler, K.J, Fraser, A. and Lau, G. (2013) Reducing Hong Kong’s Youth Crime Through Community Intervention : An Evaluation of Operation Breakthrough.

Fraser, A. and MacQueen, S. (2011) ‘Evaluation of Early and Effective Intervention and Diversion from Prosecution in Dumfries and Galloway‘, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Fraser, A., Burman, M. and Batchelor, S. with McVie, S. (2010) ‘Youth Violence in Scotland: A Literature Review‘, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Book reviews:

Fraser, A. (2012) Review of What is Criminology? (Eds. Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle; Oxford: Oxford University Press), Asian Journal of Criminology.

Fraser, A. (2012) Review of Youth in Crisis? Gangs, Territoriality and Violence (Ed. Barry Goldson; London: Routledge, 2011) British Journal of Criminology 52(1): 227-230.

Online publications:

Bartie, A. and Fraser, A (2014) The Easterhouse Project: youth gangs, social justice and the arts in Glasgow, 1968-1970, Scottish Justice Matters.

Fraser, A. (ed.) (2011) Gangs and Global Exchange: Confronting the Glasgow Gang Complex (Briefing Paper).

Fraser, A. (2011) Programme Note: ‘NEDS’. Glasgow: Glasgow Film Theatre.

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