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Qualifications

PhD Criminology (Cardiff University, 2000)
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University, 1999)
MSc (Econ) Criminology & Criminal Justice (with distinction) (Cardiff University, 1995)
BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science (upper second class) (University of Glamorgan, 1994)

About

Dr. Fiona Brookman is Professor of Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales where she is engaged in teaching and research and overseeing the strategic development of the Centre for Criminology. She was awarded her PhD in Criminology at Cardiff University in 2000 and gained the Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods the previous year. Fiona’s PhD explored male perpetrated homicide in England and Wales. Her main research interests revolve around homicide and violence and she is currently preparing publications on homicide offender decision-making and homicide investigation – the latter based on her ethnogaphic research with homicide detectives in the UK and Washington DC. Most recently Fiona was awarded (with Professors Robin Williams and Jim Fraser) over £200,000 from the Leverhulme Trust to undertake a detailed study of the role of science and technology in homicide investigation.

Fiona is module leader for Understanding Homicide at undergraduate level and also contributes to Contemporary Crime and Understanding Crime, Criminals & VIctims. At post-graduate level, Fiona teaches Violence and Homicide as part of the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also currently supervising five PhD students.

Fiona is the Chair of the Criminal Investigation Research Network.
CIRN

Experience

Fiona’s areas of research and teaching expertise are principally homicide and violence and she has been the recipient of over £400,000 worth of research funding from prestigious bodies including the Leverhulme Trust, Home Office and the ESRC. Fiona has extensive experience of interviewing offenders and victims of crime as well as Criminal Justice Professionals (most notably homicide detectives). Her research has most often involved the use of qualitative research methods and she has experience of evaluating police and multi-agency initiatives. Her research on homicide has fed into SIO decision-making training at Greater Manchester Police and also now forms part of the Murder Investigation Manual. She is currently preparing publications based on her ethnographic research in the UK and USA on homicide investigation. Most recently, Fiona was awarded over £200,000 from The Leverhulme Trust (July 2014) for a three-year research project to examine the role of science and technology in homicide investigation.

Responsibilities

Deputy Head of the Centre for Criminology
Director of CIRN

Publications

Books

Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (Eds.) (in preparation) Handbook on Homicide. Wiley-Blackwell.

Brookman, F., Maguire, M., Pierpoint, H., & Bennett, T. (Eds.) (2010), Handbook on Crime. Devon: Willan

Brookman, F. (2005), Understanding Homicide. London: Sage (entered for the British Society of Criminology Annual Book Prize Competition 2006).

Brookman, F., Noaks, L., and Wincup, E. (eds.), (1999), Qualitative Research in Criminology. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Book Chapters

Brookman, F., and Wright, M. (in press) “‘Deciding’ to Kill: Cognition, Affect and Homicide”, in W. Bernasco., H. Elffers and J-L van Gelder (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brookman, F. (in press) ‘Researching Homicide Offenders, Offenses and Detectives Using Qualitative Methods’ in H. Copes and M. Miller (Eds.) The Handbook of Qualitative Criminology. New York: Routledge.

Brookman, F. (in press) ‘The Shifting Narratives of Violent Offenders’ in L. Presser., and S. Sandberg (Eds.), Narrative Criminology. New York: New York University Press.

Brookman, F. (2013) ‘Accounting for Homicide and Sub-Lethal Violence’, in P. Cromwell., and M. L Birzer (Ed.), In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime An Anthology (6th Edition) New York: Oxford University Press.

Brookman, F., and Robinson, A. (2012) ‘Violent Crime’ in M. Maguire, R. M. Morgan and R. Reiner (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brookman, F. (2010), ‘Homicide’ in F.Brookman, M.Maguire, H. Pierpoint & T. Bennett (eds.), The Handbook on Crime. Devon: Willan

Bennett, T., and Brookman, F. (2010), ‘Street Robbery’, in F.Brookman, M.Maguire, H. Pierpoint & T. Bennett (eds.), The Handbook on Crime. Devon: Willan

Brookman, F. (2010), Violent Conversations: Capturing Offenders’ ‘Truth’, in W. Bernasco (Ed.), Offenders of Offending. Devon: Willan.

Levi, M., Maguire, M., and Brookman, F. (2007), ‘Violent Crime’ in M. Maguire, R. M. Morgan and R. Reiner (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Maguire, M., and Brookman, F. (2005), ‘Violent and Sexual Crime’, in N. Tilley (Ed.) Handbook of Crime Prevention: Theory, Policy and Practice. Devon: Willan

Brookman, F. (1999), ‘Accessing and Analysing Police Murder Files’ in F. Brookman, L. Noaks and E. Wincup (eds.), Qualitative Research in Criminology. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Refereed Journal Articles

Brookman, F. (2015) ‘”Killer” Decisions: The Role of Cognition, Affect and Expetise in Homicide’. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 20:42-52. (Special Issue on Offender Expertise).

Bennett, T.H., Holloway, K., Brookman, F., Parry, O. and Gorden, C. (2013). Explaining prescription drug misuse among students in a widening access university: the role of techniques of neutralisation. Drug, Education, Prevention, and Policy. Early Online: December 2013.

Copes, H., Brookman, F., and Brown, A. (2013) ‘Accounting for Violations of the Convict Code’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 34: 841–858.

Brookman, F., and Innes, M. (2013) ‘The Problem of Success: What is a ‘Good’ Homicide Investigation? Journal of Policing and Society 23/3: 292-310. Special Issue: Homicide Investigation: International Research and Insights. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/nZx3xzG5Kd4KiUdAYkb7/full

Brookman, F., Copes, H., and Hochstetler, A., (2011) ‘Street Codes as Formula Stories: How Inmates Recount Violence’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Published online 24 May 2011 & available at: http://jce.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/05/13/0891241611408307

Bennett, T., and Brookman, F., (2011) ‘The effect of the ‘code of the street’ on street violence: challenges for crime prevention, International Review of Law Computers and Technology,

Brookman, F., Bennett, T., Hochstetler, A., and Copes, H. (2011)
‘The “Code of the Street” and the Generation of Street Violence in the UK’, European Journal of Criminology, 8/1, pp. 17-31.

Bennett, T., and Brookman, B. (2009) The Role of Violence in Street Crime A Qualitative Study of Violent Offenders, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 53/6, pp. 617-636

Robinson, A., Hudson, K., and Brookman, F. (2008), Multi-Agency Work On Sexual Violence: Challenges and Prospects Identified from the Implementation of a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 47 No 4, pp. 411-428.

Bennett, T. and Brookman, F., (2008) ‘Violent Street Crime: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Acts’, International Review of Law Computers and Technology, Volume 22, Issue 1 & 2 March 2008 , pages 171 – 180.

Brookman, F., and Bennett, T.H. Mullins, C. and Wright, R. (2007), ‘Gender, motivation and the accomplishment of street robbery in the United Kingdom’, British Journal of Criminology, Advance Access published on July 7, 2007.

Wright, R., Brookman, F., and Bennett, T (2006). ‘The Foreground Dynamics Of Street Robbery in Britain’, British Journal of Criminology. Vol. 46, pp. 1-15. Advance Access published on June 14, 2005.

Brookman, F., and Nolan, J. (2006), ‘The Dark Figure of Infanticide in England and Wales: Complexities of Diagnosis’, Journal of Interpersonal Violence Vol 21/7, pp. 869-889.

Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2005), ‘Reducing Homicide: A Review of the Possibilities’, Crime, Law and Social Change. Vol. 42, pp. 325-403.

Brookman, F., and Pierpoint, H. (2003). ‘Access to Legal Advice for Young Suspects and Remand Prisoners’, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 42/5, pp. 452-470.

Brookman, F. (2003), ‘Confrontational and Grudge Revenge Homicides in England and Wales’, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 36/1, pp. 34-59.

Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2003), Reducing Homicide: A Review of the Possibilities. RDS Online Report 01/03. London: Home Office.

Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2003), Reducing Homicide: Summary of a Review of the Possibilities. RDS Occasional Paper No. 84. London: Home Office

Brookman, F., and Pierpoint, H. (2002), ‘The Implications of the Human Rights Act for Young Suspects and Remand Prisoners in England and Wales’, Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 45-68.

Brookman, F., Noaks, L., and Wincup, E. (2001), ‘Access to Justice: Remand Issues and the Human Rights Act’, Probation Journal, Vol. 48/3, pp 195-202 (September 2001).

Official Reports & Short Works

Innes, M., and Brookman, F. (2013) Helping Police With Their Enquiries: International Perspectives on Homicide Investigation, Editors Introduction to the Special Issue of Policing and Society.

Brookman, F and Holloway, K. (2009), An Evaluation of the Women’s Turnaround Project. Final Report. Prepared for NOMS Cymru, October 2009. Cardiff: Noms Cymru.

Holloway, K., and Brookman, F. (2008), The Women’s Turnaround Project. Report Prepared for NOMS Cymru, October 2008. Cardiff: Noms Cymru. Available at: http://criminology.research.glam.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2009-01-29/WTP_Final_Version_Report_of_Phase_1_201008.pdf

Holloway, K., and Brookman, F. (October, 2008), Gwerthusiad O’r Prosiect Turnaround I Ferched. Adroddiad A Baratowyd Ar Gyfer NOMS Cymru, Hydref 2008. http://criminology.research.glam.ac.uk/media/files/documents/2009-01-29/Womens_Turnaround_Project_Final_Report_Welsh.pdf

Brookman, F., and Stelfox, P. (2009) ‘The Policing of Homicide’, Sage Dictionary of Policing. London: Sage.

Wakefield, A., and Brookman, F. (2009) ‘Criminal Investigation’, Sage Dictionary of Policing. London: Sage.

Bennett, T.H. and Brookman, F. (2007) ‘Robbery on the Streets: Motivations for Violence’, Magistrate, Vol.63, No.3, pp. 66-67.

Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2003), Reducing Homicide: A Review of the Possibilities. RDS Online Report 01/03. London: Home Office. [http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/onlinepubs1.html]

Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2003), Reducing Homicide: Summary of a Review of the Possibilities. RDS Occasional Paper No. 84. London: Home Office

Brookman, F. (2000) ‘Dying for Control: Men, Murder and Sub-Lethal Violence’, British Criminology Conference: Selected Proceedings. Volume 3, [http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ss/bsc/bccsp/vol03/brookman.htm l].

Conference Papers

Homicide & Major Crime Investigation: Insights from Police Investigators & Criminologists for a Research Agenda. CIRN Roundtable. Roundtable Convener and Chair, American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, USA (November 2014).

Qualitative Research in Correctional Facilities. Invited roundtable participant. American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, USA (November 2014).

The Homicide Moment & Preventative Opportunities (Invited Guest Speaker and member of Plenary Panel). Tackling Youth Homicide Conference. First Conference of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation hosted by GoodHope Training and Consultancy and the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. (29 October 2014)

The Shifting Narratives of Violent Offenders: Implications for Qualitative Research and Criminology, The First International Symposium on Narrative Criminology, Oslo, Norway (28-30 May 2014)

The Police Investigation of Homicide: Learning Lessons from International Research
Evidence-Based Policing in Wales Conference, UPSI, Cardiff University (19th May 2014).

Homicide Investigation: Learning some lessons from USA and UK Comparative Research (Keynote address). Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ) Annual Conference. Gregynog, Mid Wales. (6-7 May 2014).

Homicide Investigation: Facilitators, Inhibitors and Measure of Success (Keynote address). Homicide: Precursors and Prevention Conference hosted by the Violence Research and Prevention Program at Griffith University in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Criminology, Brisbane, Australia (24-25 March, 2014).

Investigating Homicide: thinking broadly about successful outcomes. Presentation to SIOs as part of their National SIO Homicide Investigation Training, College of Policing, Ryton Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry (17th June 2013) (Invited guest presenter).

‘Near Miss’ Homicide Investigations: What can detectives learn from debriefs and reviews? Presentation to SIOs as part of their National SIO Homicide Investigation Training, College of Policing, Ryton Police Training Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry (18th June 2013) (Invited guest presenter).

Homicide & Major Crime Investigation: New Insights and Future Challenges, Roundtable Convener and Chair, American Society of Criminology Conference, Chicago, USA (7-10 November 2012)

Detecting Homicide: Hits, Failures and Near Misses, Guest Presentation American University, Washington DC (5th November 2012).

Accounting for Violations of the Inmate Code, paper presented (with Heith Copes) to British Criminology Conference, Portsmouth, England. (July 2012).

The Problem of Success: What is a ‘Good’ Homicide Investigation, poster presentation. American Society of Criminology Conference, Washington, USA (15-19 November 2011)

The Challenges Confronting Contemporary Homicide Investigators in Britain, paper presented at the Stockholm Symposium, Sweden (13-15 June 2011) (Invited guest presenter)

The Problem of Success: What is a ‘Good’ Homicide Investigation, paper presented at the Homicide and Major Crime Investigation Symposium, Cardiff (6-7 June, 2011) (Symposium conceived and organized by F. Brookman).

Difficult-to-Solve Homicides: Characteristics and Causes, paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, USA (17-20 November 2010).

Detecting Homicide: Hits, Failures and Near-Misses, paper presented at British Criminology Conference, Leicester, England (11-14 July 2010) as part of panel Homicide and Major Crime Investigation (conceived and organized by F. Brookman).

Homicide: Contemporary Issues and Problems, Presentation at one day conference on Lethal Violence to members of the Centre for Comparative Criminological Research & History of Crime, Policing and Criminal Justice Group, Open University, Milton Keynes (4th December 2009)

Street Codes in Imagining and Enacting Violent Crime (with Professor Andy Hochstetler of Iowa State University and Professor Heith Copes, University of Alabama), American Criminology Conference, Philadelphia, USA (November 6th 2009).

Evaluation of the Women’s Turnaround Project, Overview presentation on the process and impact evaluation of the WTP to NOMS Women Team, NOMS Cymru, Probation Officers and WTP staff (6th October, 2009).

An Evaluation of the Women’s Turnaround Project, Welsh Criminology Conference: Gregynog, Wales (6-7th April, 2009).

Violent Conversations: A Consideration of How Best to Elicit Offenders’ Truth, Offenders on Offending NSCR Workshop: Leiden, the Netherlands, (October 8-10, 2008).

Domestic Homicide: Characteristics, Risk Factors & Potential for Prevention, Presentation to South Wales Police: Managing Sexual & Dangerous Offenders within our Community
St Mary’s Golf Club (25th September 2008).

Difficult to Solve Homicides: Characteristics and Causes, British Criminology Conference. Huddersfield, England (9th-11th July 2008)

Homicide, Male Violence and Constructions of Masculinity, Mannheim Centre for Criminology, LSE, London. (11th June, 2008).

The Role of Violence in Street Crime: A Qualitative Study of Violent Offenders, American Criminology Conference. Atlanta, Georgia (14th-17th November 2007)

Violent Street Crime: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Acts, (with Professor Trevor Bennett) British Criminology Conference, LSE, London (18th – 20th September, 2007)

Early Findings From The Evaluation Of The Cardiff Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) (with Dr. Amanda Robinson and Dr. Kirsty Hudson of Cardiff University), British Society of Criminology Conference, LSE, London (18th-20th September, 2007).

Violent Street Crime: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Acts, European Criminology Conference, Bologna (26th-29th September, 2007).

Gender and Street Robbery: the UK Context, Annual conference of the European Society of Criminology. Tubingen. Germany (August, 2006).

The Role of Drug Use in Shaping Violent Street Crime, American Criminology Conference, Toronto (November, 2005).

The Causes and Circumstances of Homicide in the UK, presentation to Greater Manchester Police SIO Development Seminar on Developing Strategy in Hard to Solve Homicide (June 2004).

Infanticide: Fact and Fiction, British Society of Criminology Conference 2004, Portsmouth (July, 2004).

The Implications of the Human Rights Act for Young Suspects and Remand Prisoners in England and Wales, Central Missouri State University: International Corrections Symposium (September 2001)

‘Dying for Control: Men, Murder and Sub-Lethal Violence’, British Criminology Conference: Liverpool (July 1999).


Memberships

INTERNAL ROLES
Member of HUMSOC Advisory Panel (2014 to date)
Member of the Faculty Research Program Committee, Faculty of Business & Society (2014 to date)
Member of the University Research Committee (2010 to date)
Member of the Department Research Strategy Group (2009 to date)
Divisional Head for Criminology (January 2001 to July 2011)
Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology (May 2002 to date)
External panel member of SoTech Ethics Committee (February 2004 to 2006).
Chair of the Health and Safety Management and Consultative Committees in the School of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences (October 2003 to October 2005).
Special Needs Co-Ordinator (2000-2001).
School Tutor (1999-2001).

EXTERNAL MEMBERSHIPS

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Washington DC.
Homicide Research Working Group
Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ)
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
Howard League for Penal Reform
British Society of Criminology


External

Member of the South Wales Police Drug Steering Group (May 2013-date)
External Examiner, Cardiff University (2014 to present).
Grant reviewer (occasional) for the Swiss National Science Foundation
Visiting Professor, American University, Washington DC (Autumn/Winter, 2012)
Invited member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Washington DC.
Invited member of the Organized Crime Virtual Research Network. Home Office Knowledge Hub.
Chair of the Criminal Investigation Research Network (CIRN)
http://www.glam.ac.uk/cirn
Invited member of the Narrative Criminology – Nordic Research Network (December 2011-date)
Member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) (2012-date)
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology (2011-date)
Editorial Board Member of the International Criminal Justice Review (2011-date)
External Examiner Glyndŵr University Wrexham (2011-2012)
Expert Advisor to the Crime & Policing Group at the Home Office (2011- date)
Editorial Board Member of the International Criminal Justice Review (2011-date)
Violence Network Coordinator for the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ) (2010-2012)
Member of the Management Team of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ) (2009-date)
Member of Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies (2006-date)
http://www.ucmo.edu/cjinst/Journal.html
Book Prize Co-ordinator for the British Society of Criminology (2008-2011)
Member of the 2009 BSC Organizing Committee for the British Criminology Conference, Cardiff University and Section Chair for ‘Homicide’.
Member of the 2008 ASC Program Committee for the American Criminology Conference, University of Missouri-St. Louis. Section Chair for ‘Career Criminals’.
External Examiner, Swansea University (2005 to 2009).
Chair of the British Society of Criminology, Wales and West Branch (2005 to 2007)
Secretary of the British Society of Criminology, W&W Branch (1999-2007)


Consultancy

Welsh Assembly Government & South Wales Police [£9,000] to explore the links between Mephedrone use and Violence (March 2013 – December 2013).

Home Office [£9,250] to review ‘failed’ homicide cases in the form of analysis of CPS homicide files. [July 2002 – December 2003].

Research

Research Interests:

Homicide and Violence; Major Crime Investigation; Policing, Qualitative Research, Narrative Criminology and Offender Accounts.

Media Appearances
LBC radio (London commercial radio station) providing expert commentary on the police investigation into the murder of April Jones (30th May 2013).
BBC Wales national news providing expert commentary on the police investigation into the murder of April Jones. (29th May 2013).
BBC Wales news interviews on ‘No body Homicide Trials’ (19th February & 1st March 2013).
BBC Radio Wales interview on ‘Contract Killing’. Excerpts from the interview were quoted on the BBC Wales website on February 1st 2013
University of Glamorgan (Marketing and Student Recruitment) 30 second pen portrait video on Understanding Homicide (selected by BBC Wales as their favorite clip from Glamorgan) (1st September 2011)
BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour: discussion of Infanticide (Thursday 19th August, 2010)
BBC News 24: Live interview about Street Robbery (November 2006)
BFPO Radio: Live interview about Street Robbery (November 2006)
BBC Wales Crime Solver (Fulmar West Limited) (filmed in 2004 and aired in Spring 2005).


Research Grants/Activity:

The Leverhulme Trust (July 2014) [£216,5310] Homicide Investigation & Forensic Science: Tracing Processes, Analysing Practices [Awarded July 2014].

Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (with Martin Graff and Harriet Pierpoint) to study ‘Online Dating Scams’ [8,850 Awarded in September 2012].

DRAS (Departmental Research Award Scheme) Funding to support a research sabbatical 2012-13 [£5,588 awarded in July 2012]

DRAS (Departmental Research Award Scheme) Funding to support pilot study of homicide investigation in Washington DC. [£2,173.40 awarded in February 2012]

DRAS (Departmental Research Award Scheme) Funding to support a Homicide and Major Crime Investigation Symposium. [£7,822 awarded in December 2010]

URIS (University Research Investment Scheme) Analysis and Evaluation of Homicide Data and Databases in the UK & Pilot Research into Difficult to Detect Homicides. [£8,200 awarded – research ongoing)

Women’s Safety Unit Cardiff (April 2008) [£15,000] to further evaluate the Women’s Turnaround Project in Cardiff (with Katy Holloway).

Women’s Safety Unit Cardiff (submitted November 2007) [£10,000] to evaluate the Women’s Turnaround Project in Cardiff (with Katy Holloway).

Local Criminal Justice Board (submitted January 2007) [£50,019] with Dr. Amanda Robinson and Dr. Kirsty Hudson (Cardiff University) to undertake an evaluation of Cardiff’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

HOME OFFICE [11,475] with Professor Trevor Bennett and Professor Mike Maguire to conduct a small scale evaluation of Operation Tarian Regional Drugs Task Force (awarded March 2004).

E.S.R.C. [£38,000] with Professor Trevor Bennett and Professor Richard Wright to conduct a qualitative study of the role of violence in street crime (awarded July 2003). The research was selected by the E.S.R.C’s media department as a piece of high impact research leading to a key press release that resulted in a high level of national media interest.

HOME OFFICE [£5,500] to compile a literature review on the links between organized crime and volume crime in the UK [March, 2001] and a literature review on what works in crime reduction on street robbery and related violence and to review the potential for improving routine data collection on ‘suspicious’ deaths [June 2001]

HOME OFFICE [£9,952] to conduct research into the ‘Reduction/Prevention of Homicide in the UK’ [February 2000].

NUFFIELD FOUNDATION [£5,000] to conduct research into ‘Remand Prisoners and Access to Justice’ [August 1998].

Areas of Expertise

Homicide, Major Crime Investigation, Qualitative Research Methods, Narrative Criminology.

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