An educational video to guide child witness interviewers and interpreters – A new iIIRG-funded resource!

Title: An educational video to guide child witness interviewers and interpreters


This research project was funded in 2019 by the iIIRG Networking Grants.

This project developed an educational video (the Interpreting Children’s Voices) aiming to support the high demand for interpretation services in investigative interviews. A new collaboration between Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou (Sheffield Hallam University, England) and Drs. Dekens Karina (the Police Academy, Netherlands) first, reviewed police guidelines on how best to interview children with interpreters, and second, gained feedback on the video narrative from police forces and forensic interpreters’ services from three countries (Cyprus, England, Netherlands).

We are hoping the video will support police and interpreters’ training as a complementary material. Police forces can play the video to interpreters and interviewers before gaining an interview to remind them the basic principles of their collaboration.

The video is available here

Please do get in touch to share your thoughts on this video to

Request for participants who work with the police or criminal law in England and Wales

My name is Chandra Byatt and I am a Newcastle University student currently completing my MSc in Forensic Psychology looking for participants for my dissertation study. My study is examining differing opinions on what makes a ‘good quality’ investigative interview. I am in need of participants from England and Wales who work either with the police force or within criminal law. As a participant you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire (approx 15-20 minutes) giving anonymous answers surrounding what in your opinion makes a good investigative interview and which, if any, of the 5 interview transcripts  provided are of good quality and why. The aim of the study is to gain information on the English and Welsh investigative interview system from the perspective of legal professionals in an attempt to better the interviewing process in future.

Chandra is looking for participants to complete the survey by the 5th August.

12th Annual Conference 2019

Here you will find a selection of presentations presented at the iIIRG Annual Conference 2019, at the Norwegian Police University College Conference Centre in Stavern, Norway.  Please note that iIIRG accepts no responsibility for the content of the presentations – the presentations were written by individuals (or groups) and reflect their own individual viewpoints and arguments and are not the express views of the iIIRG.


Sponsor Presentations


Job Opportunities at the newly formed Centre for Spoken Interaction in Legal Contexts (SILC) at Aston University

Please see below for an official announcement of a recruitment drive at the new Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. Of most relevance to iIIRG members is that there will be a new Centre dedicated to research on Spoken Interaction in Legal Contexts (SILC), which will be headed by Kate Haworth and investigative interviewing will form a large part of the research focus. They are looking to appoint two post-doc Research Associates specifically to this Centre. Please feel free to contact Kate to discuss further if you’re interested in applying on

We’re very pleased to announce that The Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University has been successful in winning a really substantial research grant to create a much larger Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, as announced by the UK Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore, yesterday. (For details of the full announcement see here: or see Aston’s press release here: )

Over the next few months we will be advertising a total of 13 new posts, and applications are now open for a Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics and up to 8 Postdoctoral Research Associates in Forensic Linguistics. The adverts can be found here on the Aston website as well as being up on LinguistList and, and the closing date is Friday 5th July.

The Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics post is a permanent position and we are looking for an individual who is research active and able to teach principally, but not exclusively, across topics in forensic linguistics in the English department at Aston. The grading of this post would suit either a new academic or a more established lecturer.  Details are available here 

The 8 x postdoctoral Research Associate in Forensic Linguistics posts are all three-year appointments contributing to the following projects:

  • A project to collect and analyse commercial extortion demands,
  • A project on investigative interviews and their use as criminal evidence,
  • A project investigating idiolectal variation for forensic applications,
  • A project on language and law.

Alongside specified research tasks, the researchers will be given significant time and mentorship to develop their own research projects.  They’ll have to provide outline details of their project as part of the application process (see the link below for more detail).  In addition, researchers will be expected to collaborate with other members of the new Institute in researching and preparing bids for further sources of research funding. 

We’d encourage applications from individuals with skills in linguistics generally – you don’t have to identify as a forensic linguist to apply, but you will need to be interested in applying your language analysis skills to a breadth of forensic texts and contexts. We are looking to recruit a research team with a balance of skills and approaches including demonstrable skill in and knowledge of one or more of:

  • corpus linguistics,
  • computational linguistics/NLP,
  • linguistic stylistics,
  • conversation analysis,
  • (critical) discourse analysis,
  • critical approaches to professional practice.

We welcome applications also from researchers working in languages other than English. 

More details of the research positions 

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project please do contact one of us and please do forward this email to anyone that you feel might want to come and work with us.

Call for papers – Special edition of the International Journal of Police Science and Management



Psychology and Policing:

This special issue will examine the role psychology has had in policing. The collection of articles will each examine the application of theory and research to real life practice. How well do theory and practice seek to achieve the same goals?

The special issue will be published in December 2020 and the deadline to submit papers is 1 August 2020. Proposals comprising a title and 150 word outline should be sent to Professor Becky Milne ( by 1 August 2019.

London Conference – Exploring the perspectives of children and young people – 26th June 2019

Please see attached details for “Exploring the perspectives of children and young people: Understanding positive and adverse experiences through the medium of In My Shoes & Apps”, a one-day conference taking place in London on 26th June 2019. The conference is relevant to anyone interested in assessment and interviewing of children using new technology. For additional details, please see:

Invitation to take part in an online study – call for practitioner research participants

Invitation to take part in an online study – call for practitioner research participants

Title of Study: How would you evaluate a witness statement?

Duration: self-paced but no longer than 15 minutes

Researcher: Dr Feni Kontogianni, Prof. Lorraine Hope, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Objective of the study

We are seeking fluent or native English practitioners for a study investigating factors that affect the way people perceive and evaluate witness statements.

Seeking your support

Your participation will enable us to examine ways in which we can develop strategies to help decision-making when evaluating interviewees’ reports in police investigations and asylum-seeking applications. You can complete the experiment online anonymously, where you will be asked to read an interview transcript and then answer a short series of questions. 

If you are interested to participate, please follow the link below or scan the QR code:

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If you have any questions about the study please contact: