Research Projects and Blogs

Article, blogs and topical features from our academics and partners.

Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr. Helen Jones submitted written evidence to the Science and Technology Committee (Lords)

Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr. Helen Jones from the Centre for Criminology at USW submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into forensic science

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Homicide Investigation and Forensic Science: Tracing Processes, Analysing Practices (HIFS) Project

The University of South Wales was awarded £216,000 by the Leverhulme Trust to fund the ‘Homicide Investigation and Forensic Science: Tracing Processes, Analysing Practices (HIFS) Project’.

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Prof. Brookman and Duncan McGarry have had their article published in the latest edition of Police Chief

Professor Fiona Brookman and Duncan McGarry’s article 'The Family Liaison Officer’ was published in the latest edition of the American magazine 'Police Chief’

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Prof. Fiona Brookman presents at the Launch of the Academy for Social Sciences Publication 'Making the Case for Social Sciences 10: Wales’

Professor Fiona Brookman was invited to talk about her research 'Homicide Investigation Research: International Impacts’

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New research into homicide investigation

Criminologist Professor Fiona Brookman talks about her research into homicide and police homicide investigation.

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Research to place homicide investigation under the microscope

The University of South Wales has been awarded £216,531 by the Leverhulme Trust to fund a research project which will examine the role of forensic science in homicide investigations. The study is led by USW criminologist Professor Fiona Brookman who will work alongside colleagues at Northumbria and Strathclyde universities.
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Sophie’s PhD examines changes to police investigation of homicide

PhD Criminology student Sophie Pike is exploring changes to the police investigation of homicide from the 1980s to the present day. Her supervisors are Professor Fiona Brookman and Professor Mike Maguire.
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The Houston Sexual Assault Kit Research Project

Professor Bill Wells, of Sam Houston State University, is currently working on a multi-disciplinary project with the Houston (TX) Police Department that focuses upon DNA evidence in sexual assaults. Full details of the project can be found on the website at:

Does the nature of murder investigations inhibit the likelihood of a homicide being detected?

A major piece of research by Professor Fiona Brookman is examining the characteristics of difficult-to-solve murders – and how detectives may be able to confront them by changing their practices. 
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Cold Case Reviews

The investigation and detection of historic crimes is never far from front page news, says Dr Cheryl Allsop.
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Counting the risk of murderers re-offending

Roderic Broadhurst, Professor of Criminology and Ross Maller, Professor of Probability and Statistics at the Australian National University ask if murderers re-offend and do murderers have violent histories?
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