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I am a criminologist and forensic linguist conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of language and the law. My current work examines how interactional, ethical and social drivers are manipulated by fraudsters, and reveals the intricate balancing act between power and persuasion, credibility and vulnerability. My work provides insights that have real impact in policing and criminal justice strategy and practice, as well as highly effective cross-industry, cross-sector knowledge exchange to better protect individuals from harm from criminal communications, provide better aftercare for victims, dispel negative narratives around victims of fraud, and support victims in reporting criminal acts. I disseminate my research through writing cross-sector public-facing guidance, books and academic papers, in print media articles and blogs, through keynotes and invited research presentations at public, industry and academic events, and through the development and delivery of industry training. I talk about my research and examine real criminal cases on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, Word of Mouth and Moneybox, and regularly feature on TV series including BBC One's For Love or Money (series 1, 2 and 3), BBC One's Dirty Rotten Scammers, and Dave's Special Ops: Crime Squad UK. I use my research to support law enforcement campaigns, provide national guidance and guide and direct police operations, deliver practical strategies across law enforcement, financial sector, charity sector, online dating sector and local government to disrupt the power of fraudulent communication, and to safeguard people from harm.
I am available to supervise PhD students in areas relevant to these areas and welcome enquiries from potential PhD students.