Dr Elisabeth Carter

About

I am a criminologist and forensic linguist who works at the intersection of language and the law. I examine the interactional, ethical and social drivers manipulated by criminals, revealing the intricate balancing act between power and persuasion, credibility and vulnerability in fraud and financial abuse. 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 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 write 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 feature on Radio 4's Thinking AllowedWord of Mouth, Moneybox, and on TV including Rip Off Britain, For Love or Money (series 1, 2 and 3), Dirty Rotten Scammers, Scam Interceptors (BBC One), Love Rats (Paramount+), Special Ops: Crime Squad UK (Dave), Crime Files (BBC Scotland), Hunting the Catfish Crime Gang (BBC Three), Scams: Don't Get Caught Out (Ch 5).

WINNER - TECAs Outstanding Female Economic Crime Professional 2023

FINALIST  TECAs Outstanding Individual Contribution to Tackling Economic Crime 2023

WINNER Outstanding Tackling Economic Crime Professional, Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2022

FINALIST - Outstanding Tackling Economic Crime Prevention initiative, Tackling Economic Crime Awards 2022

FINALIST - Fraud Leadership, Public Sector Fraud Awards 2023

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students.

Media enquiries please contact press@kingston.ac.uk

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor

Qualifications

  • PhD Sociology (Criminology)
  • MA Criminological Research
  • MA Criminology
  • BA(Hons) Psycholinguistics
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Fellow of Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)
  • SEDA Recognised Postgraduate Supervisor
  • CUBS Qualified Expert Witness (Criminal)

Teaching and learning

I use my research to inform my teaching through delivering practical examples of methodological approaches to real-life cases and real-life data. I also provide links between academia and organisations that operate in the public, private and third sectors, and ensure all modules I teach include elements that enhance student employability, skills and visibility in the graduate world after graduation.

I teach the following modules:

Undergraduate:

L6 Risk and Crime

Dissertation module

Personal tutor

Postgraduate:

Critical Criminology

Victimology

Understanding Crime and Criminal Careers

Dissertation module

Personal tutor

Qualifications and expertise

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

Selected recent papers

Carter, E. (2024) Inside Romance Frauds: How can analysing discourses in social science research help us understand one of the UK's most damaging ‘white collar' crimes? Sociology Review 33(4)

Kassem, R. and Carter, E. (2023), "Mapping romance fraud research – a systematic review", Journal of Financial Crime https://doi.org/10.1108/JFC-06-2023-0160

Carter, E. (2023) Compelled to comply: Exposing the exploitation of communicative relationships by fraudsters to gain and harness compliance from their victims. The British Journal of Criminology

Carter, E. (2021) Distort, extort, deceive and exploit: Exploring the inner workings of a romance fraud, The British Journal of Criminology 61(2): 283–302

Selected books

Carter, E. (2024) "The language of romance crimes: Interactions of love, money and threat". Cambridge Elements Series in Forensic Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/elements/language-of-romance-crimes/8A21A458A88FB527C6AA4BEB2D0A0D46 

Carter, E. (2013) Analysing police interviews: Laughter, confessions and the tape, London: Continuum. Winner of the ‘Criminology Book Prize' Awarded by the British Society of Criminology 

Selected book chapters

Kikerpill, K., Carter, E. Himma-Kadakas, M. and Hansson, S. (2024) Contextual factors of online deception and harmful information: Multidisciplinary perspectives. Routledge International Handbook of Online Deviance

Carter, E. (2022) Forensic Linguistics. In: J. Verschueren and J. Östman (eds., second edition) Handbook of Pragmatics. John Benjamins Publishing, pp. 572–586

Carter, E. (2020) Examining Lies and False Answers in Interviews and Police interrogations. In: Celestino de Almeida, D., Coulthard, M. and Sousa-Silva, R. (eds.) Perspectives in Forensic Linguistics, pp. 292-315

Qualifications and expertise

  • BA Psycholinguistics
  • MA Criminology
  • MA Criminological Research
  • PhD Sociology (Criminology)
  • CUBS Qualified Expert Witness (Criminal)

Areas of specialism

  • Criminology
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics

Scholarly affiliations

  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • International Association for Legal and Forensic Linguistics
  • Law and Society Association

Publications

Jump to: Article
Number of items: 2.

Article

Kassem, Rasha and Carter, Elisabeth (2023) Mapping romance fraud research – a systematic review. Journal of Financial Crime, ISSN (print) 1359-0790 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Carter, Elisabeth (2023) Inside romance frauds : how can analysing discourses in social science research help us understand one of the UK’s most damaging ‘white collar’ crimes? Sociology Review, (In Press)

This list was generated on Mon Apr 15 06:48:35 2024 BST.

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Dr Elisabeth Carter is a Criminologist and Forensic Linguist whose individual expertise, unrelenting drive and trademark enthusiasm make a real-world difference in tackling fraud. An unwaveringly generous and popular collaborator, her distinctive and internationally-recognised academic expertise is matched by her relentless passion and skill in translating this into compelling and accessible guidance, training, conference keynotes and publications that inspire action and drive effective change. Her critically-acclaimed research provides unique insights relevant across the entire fraud-fighting landscape, directly achieving better psychological and financial outcomes for victims, increasing public protection from fraud, and challenging negative narratives around fraud victimhood through delivering effective strategies for cross-industry practitioners and using her media profile to reach the public on national and international levels. Her knowledge exchange and impact has led to real changes across all fraud-fighting sectors and has been recognised through her being awarded Outstanding Tackling Economic Crime Professional (TECAs) and a finalist for Fraud Leadership in the Public Sector Fraud Awards.

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 AllowedWord 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, BBC One's Scam Interceptors (series 2) 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.Talking to Michael Rosen on Radio 4's Word of Mouth about the language used by fraudsters who fake romantic relationships: online for monetary gain: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000v91g

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • British Society of Criminology
  • British Sociological Association
  • Law and Society Association
  • International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics
  • European Society of Criminology
  • American Society of Criminology

Videos of my work

Social media

LinkedIn Twitter