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Laura Robertson

Formerly at Lancaster University

Laura Robertson

My Role

I am currently a Research Associate in the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research on the Nuffield Foundation's Towards a Family Justice Observatory Scoping Study.


After graduating with a MSc in Public Policy from the University of Glasgow in 2012, I began a co-funded Scottish Government and Economic and Social Research Council PhD in Criminology examining the Whole System Approach to Youth Offending in Scotland. My PhD research explored practitioners' and policy actors’ perspectives of Early and Effective Intervention and Diversion from Prosecution multi-agency decision-making processes.

Alongside this, I have also gained related experience in policy, research and practice through internships at the Scottish Government and a third sector organisation, working on commissioned Scottish Government projects including the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey and volunteering with a young persons’ befriending service.

Additional Information


Robertson, L. (2017) Literature review on outcomes of parental discipline styles, evidence on effective parenting styles and the international experience of prohibition of physical punishment in law. Glasgow: Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

Malloch, M., Robertson, L., and Forbes, E. (2017) Evidence Assessment of the Impact of Criminalisation of the Purchase of Sex: A Review. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00514185.pdf

Robertson, L. (2016) “Reconstructing restorative justice philosophy” edited by Theo Gavrielides and Vasso Artinopoulou, Restorative Justice: an international journal, 4 (2), 280-283 (book review)

Robertson, L. (2016) Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Drug Use Report 2014/15. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00502173.pdf

Robertson, L. and Bates, E. (2014) Scottish Crime and Justice Survey Drug Use Report 2012/13. Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Available from: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0045/00455131.pdf

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