The University of Edinburgh

Lesley McAra

2020 Social Sciences and Humanities

Lesley McAra Professor of Penology at the University of Edinburgh. She is also an alumna of the University of Edinburgh and of the Open University. She began her career as a researcher in the Scottish Office where she led a major programme of research evaluating social work criminal justice services. In 1995, she joined the University of Edinburgh as Lecturer in Criminology, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2005, and to the Chair of Penology in 2009.

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