Research network

The Scottish Network of Restorative Justice Researchers was created at the end of 2018 by Estelle Zinsstag, Steve Kirkwood and Jenny Johnstone. We are all academics working in different fields around restorative justice. Restorative justice has been developing fairly rapidly in Scotland, so it is important to make sure that research follows and supports the developments in practice and policy – as we firmly believe that one cannot go without the other.

The main aims of the network are:

  • to create a database of RJ researchers in Scotland or with an interest in the developments in Scotland
  • to offer workshops, seminars and conferences on RJ in Scotland
  • to look for and apply for funding to conduct research
  • to publish collaboratively and encourage independent research
  • to lobby universities and interested organisations to offer courses on RJ
  • to collaborate with practitioners/policy makers to inform or disseminate our research
  • to be available for evaluation of RJ schemes
  • to collaborate with policy makers to evaluate and develop practice.

So in our aims we have committed ourselves to keep abreast of the developments and to inform and share our knowledge, to organise events to support the development of RJ as well as explore new and original avenues for its development including to explore how it is done elsewhere and how it could work here.

If you wish to be part of the Network or want further information then please contact us.