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Empirical Legal Research Network (ELRN)


The Empirical Legal Research Network was established in February 2009 and was convened by Professor Lesley McAra. It was then co-convened by Dr Smita Kheria and Dr Shawn Harmon. It is now convened by Dr Edward Dove, Lecturer in Risk and Regulation at Edinburgh Law School.

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  • serves as a nexus for those interested in empirical research and the study of law in society
  • facilitates trans-disciplinary research collaboration on topics relating to law in the real world and disseminates the results of such research to the community within and beyond the University of Edinburgh

  • provides a resource of methodological skills and legal expertise which can be drawn on by academics, policy-makers and practitioners
  • supports and encourages a range of specialist training and knowledge exchange activities

ELRN Research

Research undertaken by members of ELRN crosses a range of disciplines and subjects but has four inter-related areas of concern:

  1. institutional and professional cultures, frameworks and practices
  2. communities, human geography and built environments
  3. families and relationships
  4. individual health, identity and well-being.