Prof Fiona Brookman
PhD Criminology (Cardiff University, 2000)
Postgraduate Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (Cardiff University, 1999)
MSc (Econ) Criminology & Criminal Justice (Cardiff University, 1995)
BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science (University of Glamorgan, 1994)
Dr. Fiona Brookman is Professor of Criminology and 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 six PhD students.
Fiona is the Chair of the Criminal Investigation Research Network.
Fiona also leads the VHIPER research group.
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 four-year research project to examine the role of science and technology in homicide investigation.
Head of the Centre for Criminology
Director of CIRN
Brookman, F., Noaks, L., and Wincup, E. (Eds.) (2018) Qualitative Research in Criminology. Routledge Revivals. Abingdon: Routledge.
Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (Eds.) (2017) 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.
Dabney, D., and Brookman, F. (2018), “Fieldwork with Homicide Detectives: 60 minutes of reflections from a British and American Criminologist”, in S. K. Rice and M. D. Maltz (Eds.), Doing Ethnography in Criminology: Discovery through Fieldwork. New York: Springer International Publishing (Pp 91-113).
Brookman, F., and Wright, M. (2017) “‘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., Jones, H., and Pike, S. (2017) ‘Homicide in Britain’ in Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (Eds.) Handbook of Homicide. Wiley-Blackwell
Payton, J. Robinson, A., and Brookman, F. (2017) ‘Domestic Homicide Reviews in the UK’, in M. Dawson (Ed.) Domestic Homicide and Death Reviews: An International Perspective.
Maguire, M., Brookman, F., and Robinson, A. (2017) ‘Violent Crime’, in N. Tilley A. Sidebottom (Eds.) Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.
Brookman, F. (2016) ‘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. (2016) ‘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., Jones, H., Williams, R., and Fraser, J. (2020) “Dead Reckoning: Unravelling How “Homicide” Cases Travel from Crime Scene to Court using Qualitative Research Methods”. Homicide Studies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767920907374. Published ‘online first’ on 21st February 2020.
Brookman, F., Pike, S., Maguire, E. (2019) “Dancing Around Miranda: The Effects of Legal Reform on Homicide Detectives in the US and the UK”. Criminal Law Bulletin. 55/5:1-47.
Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (2018) “What Factors Influence Whether Homicide Cases are Solved? Insights from Qualitative Research with Detectives in Great Britain and the USA” Homicide Studies. Special Issue. Published ‘online first’ on 16th August 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088767918793678.
Copes, H., Tchoula, W., Brookman, F., & Raglan, J. (2018) “Photo-Elicitation Interviews with Vulnerable Populations: Practical and Ethical Considerations”, Deviant Behavior (Special Issue on Visualizing Crime and Deviance) edited by F. Brookman and H. Copes. DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2017.1407109.
Brookman, F., and Bennett, T. (2017), ‘"Fighting like M-Cats and dogs: Users’ accounts of the links between mephedrone use and violence", The European Journal of Criminology, First Published January 3, 2017 online at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1477370816686121
Brookman, F., Bennett, T., and Hills, R. (2016) ‘The Pleasures and Pains of Mephedrone Use: Perceptions of Users and Practitioners’, Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. Published online 5th July 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2016.1192106
Brookman, F., and Lloyd-Evans, M., (2015) ‘A Decade of Homicide Debriefs: What has been learnt? The Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation, 10/1: 14-46.
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).
Research Reports & Short Works
Clancy, A., Brookman, F., and Maguire, M. (2019) Gang-Related Homicide and Police Corruption in Trinidad and Tobago: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Report prepared for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
Brookman, F., and Copes, H. (2018) “Visualizing Crime and Deviance”. Editors Introduction to the Special Issue of Deviant Behavor. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2017.1407094.
Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (2017) “Introduction: Homicide in Global Perspective” in Brookman, F., Maguire, E., and Maguire, M. (Eds.) Handbook on Homicide. Wiley-Blackwell.
Copes, H., and Brookman, F. “Photovoice.” (2017) In J.C. Barnes and D. Forde (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Wiley.
Brookman, F., and McGarry, D. (2015) The Family Liaison Officer. Police Chief Magazine, September 2015. (Winning entry of submissions to special issue on Great Ideas in Law Enforcement, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Washington: DC). Available at: http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/issues/92015/pdfs/Brookman-McGarry_PoliceChief_September2015.pdf
Brookman, F. (2015) Contribution Towards New Methods of Homicide Investigation in Making the Case for Social Sciences in Wales. Academy of Social Sciences (ACSS)
Brookman, F., and Edwards, J. (2014) An Exploration of the Links Between Mephedrone Use, Violence and Other Harms in South Wales. Report Prepared for Welsh Government. April 2014.
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].
Brookman, F. (8th July 2019). Written Evidence Submitted to the Youth Select Committee Inquiry into Knife Crime. Available at: https://www.byc.org.uk/uk/youth-select-committee
Brookman, F. (5th July 2019) Oral Evidence Presented at Youth Select Committee Knife Crime Inquiry. Available at: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/3de1372c-b8a1-45d1-90c2-e428c16dcefc or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GULeJ-qylDE
Brookman, F. and Jones, H. (6th March 2019). Written Evidence Submitted to House of Lords Science & Technology Committee Enquiry into Forensic Science: Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr Helen Jones, Centre of Criminology, University of South Wales – Written evidence (FRS0106). https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/forensic-science/forensic-science-publications/
Brookman, F., and Jones, H. (2018) HIFS Briefing Note “Co-locating Specialists” (April 2019) Available at: https://criminology.research.southwales.ac.uk/cirn/journals-and-publications/
Brookman, F., and Jones, H. (2018) HIFS Project Research Insight 1: “Sensemaking & Dialogue”. November 2018. Available at: https://criminology.research.southwales.ac.uk/cirn/journals-and-publications/
My Journey with Murderers and Homicide Detectives. Presentation to the Women’s Institute, Church Village, Pontypridd. (16th October 2018)
Sense-making in Homicide Investigation. Presentation with Dr. Helen Jones, USW. Thirteenth National Review Officers Conference, Marriot Hotel, Cardiff (2nd -3rd October, 2018).
The Narrative for the Prosecution. Presenting with Dr. Helen Jones, USW. American Society of Criminology Conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (15th – 18th November 2017).
Constructing Narratives of Murder: Science, Reason and Endoxa. Presented with Dr. Helen Jones, USW. The European Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff (13th – 16th September 2017)
Visual Narratives, Photo-Elicitation and Meth Use: A Case Study of Alice. Presented with Prof. Heith Copes of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. American Society of Criminology Conference, New Orleans Riverside Hilton (16th – 19th November 2016).
Debating Critic of “Speaking Truth to Power” written by Dean A Dabney and Richard Tewksbury. Author Meets Critic Session. American Society of Criminology Conference, New Orleans Riverside Hilton (18th November 2016).
The Role of Science and Technology in British Homicide Investigations. Presented with Dr. Helen Jones. British Criminology Conference. Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham (6th-8th July 2016).
Academics and Police Working Together to Enhance Major Crime Investigation: Evidence from Qualitative Research (Invited Guest Speaker). Evidence Based Policing Conference. IBZ (Information and Educational Centre), Gimborn, Germany (5th-8th October, 2015)
Working Collaboratively to Enhance Major Crime Investigations (Invited guest presenter, with Dr. Cheryl Allsop) 53rd Annual IAWP Training Conference. Cardiff, UK (24th August, 2015)
Helping to Improve Homicide Investigations (Invited Guest Speaker and member of discussion panel). Launch of the Academy of Social Sciences Publication ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences 10: Wales’, BIS Conference Centre, London (14th July 2015).
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).
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).
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 Affiliations and Activities
Chair of the Criminal Investigation Research Network (CIRN)
Invited member of the National Police Chiefs Council Transforming Forensics Digital Forensic Research Working Group (October 2019 to date)
National CCTV Working Group (February 2020 to date)
Invited Panel Member of the Conversation’s preview screening of The Real Prime Suspect (true crime TV series hosted by former DCI Jackie Malton). The Courthouse Hotel, London (September 18th, 2019)
Invited to give evidence to the Youth Select Committee (YSC) inquiry on knife crime (July 2019)
Invited to Ministerial Roudtable on Law Enforcement as part of the Prime Minister’s Serious Youth Violence Summit at 10 Downing Street, 1st April 2019.
Invited member of a Home Office Expert Advisory Panel on Serious Violence Policy (December 2017 – January 2018)
Impact Case Study reviewer for University of Leicester (2019-2020)
Impact Case Study reviewer for Portsmouth University (2019-2020)
Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Criminal Justice (November 2017-date)
Member of the South Wales Police Drug Steering Group (May 2013-2015)
External Examiner, Cardiff University (2014 to 2018).
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) Homicide Project, Washington DC
Member of the IACP
Member of the Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP)
Invited member of the Organized Crime Virtual Research Network. Home Office Knowledge Hub.
Co-Chair of the Welsh Branch of the British Society of Criminology (BSC Welsh Branch) (May 2013-date)
Invited member of the Narrative Criminology – Nordic Research Network (December 2011-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)
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)
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the Institute of Justice and International Studies (2005-date).
Book Prize Coordinator 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’.
Member of the SPARC Steering Group Committee (School of Technology) (2005-2008)
External Examiner, Swansea University (2005 to 2009).
Member of the Homicide Research Working Group (2004 to date)
Chair of the British Society of Criminology, Wales and West Branch (2005 to 2007)
Secretary of the British Society of Criminology, Wales &West Branch (1999-2007)
Member of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (1998 to date)
Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform (1998 to date)
Member of the British Society of Criminology (1996 to date)
Home Office (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, HMICFRS) (March 2019) [£10,797] A Rapid Evidence Assessment of Serious Crime in Trinidad and Tobago to assist the British High Commission in developing an inspection of police in Trinidad and Tobago (with Anna Clancy, USW and Prof. Ed Maguire, Arizona State University).
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].
The Leverhulme Trust. Homicide Investigation & Forensic Science: Tracing Processes, Analysing Practices [£216,5310 awarded in July 2014].
Strategic Impact and Research Fund (University-wide funding call). Funding to support a series of impact and income generation activities in major crime Investigation, science & technology [£40,175.15 awarded in July 2019].
DRAS (Departmental Research Award Scheme) Funding to support a Forensic Science and Homicide Investigation Symposium. [£10,785.65. awarded in May 2018]
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].
Homicide and Violence; Major Crime Investigation; Policing, Qualitative Research, Narrative Criminology and Offender Accounts.
How I Caught the Killer. Sky TV Production (Sky Witness) (interviewed in June 2018). Provided expert commentary on police investigative techniques and practices. Appeared in six of twelve episodes that aired in September and October 2018 and have been repeated since on Sky TV and Now TV.
BBC Crimewatch Interview: The Murder of Melanie Road (3rd August 2016).
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).
ITV 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). The interview will be aired at the conclusion of the April Jones Murder Trial if he pleads or is found guilty (May 2013). Excerpts from the interview were quoted on the BBC Wales website on May 31st 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21506482 and Manchester Wired http://www.manchesterwired.co.uk/news.php/1487220-April-Jones-Murder-trials-without-a-body
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).
Areas of Expertise
Homicide, Major Crime Investigation, Qualitative Research Methods, Ethnography, Narrative Criminology.
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