Dr Megan O'Neill

Reader in Human Geography

Energy Environment and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

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Associate Director (Police Community Relations Network), Scottish Institute for Policing Research

COST Action: Police Stops, led by Prof Dr Sofie de Kimpe of Vrije Universityeit Brussel (VUB). A four-year programme of activity examining practice and culture related to stop and search in Europe, 2018 - 2022. I am part of the Executive Committee. €530,000.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £61,092. ‘Policing Everyday Cybercrime: The Geographies and Culture of Local Cybercrime Policing’, Mr Craig Thomson. Will commence September 2019 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Dr Jon Mendel (University of Dundee) is the second supervisor.

Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Police Community Relations Collaborative Projects grant, ‘Public Confidence & Police Visibility: a Systematic Review’. Funding awarded: £7,223.53. PI: Dr Liz Aston (Edinburgh Napier University). I am the co-Investigator. The project will run from September 2017 to February 2018.

Nordforsk Consortium, Society, Integrity and Cyber-Security call. Project entitled: ‘Taking surveillance apart?: Accountability and Legitimacy of Internet Surveillance and Expanded Investigatory Powers’, award number: 80895. Funding awarded: €1,035,959. I am the PI and included collaborators from Dundee, other UK universities and colleagues in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £58,851. ‘Stop and Search in Scotland: An analysis of police practice and culture in a time of change’, Ms Estelle Clayton. Commenced October 2016 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Dr Anna Souhami (University of Edinburgh) is the second supervisor.

Economic and Social Research Council, Collaborative Studentship. £57,177. ‘Volunteers in Policing: The nature, experience and impacts of the Special Constabulary’, Mr Graeme Dickson. 1 October 2015 for three years. I am the lead supervisor and Prof Nick Fyfe is the second supervisor.

EU Horizon 2020, FCT-14-2014: ‘Enhancing cooperation between law enforcement agencies and citizens - Community policing’. I am part of the ‘Unity’ consortium, led by West Yorkshire Police. I co-lead Work Package 2. The bid is worth €4.6M. Dundee’s share is €285,000. Work commenced May 2015.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Evaluation of the Stop and Search Fife Pilot. Principal investigator (with Dr Liz Aston, Edinburgh Napier University, as co-investigator). Report submitted in June 2015. £34,000.

Research Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust. £14,729 (for teaching cover and research expenses), 1 June 2012 – 30 September 2013. ‘PCSOs as the paraprofessionals of policing’. Ref: RF-2012-332.

Economic and Social Research Council, CASE studentship. £62,040. Commenced October 2009 (three years) in partnership with Greater Manchester Police. ‘Police Partnership Working in Priority Neighbourhoods.’ Ref: ES/G039062/1.

British Academy Small Grants Scheme, £5041, 18 months commencing on 1 July 2008 (completion deadline extended to December 2010 due to maternity leave). ‘The Culture of Plural Policing: Theory and Practice.’ Ref: Sg-46702.

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Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

Dr O’Neill’s work focuses on policing research, in particular: police culture, community policing, football policing, partnership work in policing, issues of race and gender in policing, public sector pluralisation in policing, private sector security and policing and surveillance practices of the state. She has extensive media experience.

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Areas of expertise

  • Crime
  • Policing
  • Surveillance and society


Press release

Two academics from the University of Dundee have been awarded prestigious fellowships to the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), celebrating their outstanding contribution to social progress and development

Published on 6 June 2019