Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Dr Elizabeth Yardley

About Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.
2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

1211, 2015

The Killing of Becky Watts: Not sexual fantasy but twisted reality

By |November 12th, 2015|In The News|1 Comment

Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University

Over the past six weeks, we have heard about the violent death of Bristol teenager Becky Watts. A range of characters stood accused of various offences in relation to her killing but taking centre stage were two people she should have felt safe around. They were her […]

3009, 2015

Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

By |September 30th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Should Sarah Sands be turned into a poster girl for paedophile hunters?

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre of Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week a woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for killing a man charged with sexually assaulting young boys on the east London estate where they lived. Sarah Sands, 32, carried out the killing within weeks of hearing that […]

1106, 2015

Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

By |June 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Last night I watched the first episode of Jordskott on ITV Encore with interest. The 10 part series is the latest incarnation of Nordic Noir, following the considerable success of its predecessors which include Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge. Lengthy serialised crime dramas have become […]

1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

One of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning is my mission to bust the numerous myths and stereotypes around homicide[1]. Whilst crimes like this feature prominently in the broadcast and entertainment media, they are very rare and not many of us will have direct experience of them. This is clearly […]

2110, 2014

Oscar Pistorius and “Ubuntu”: Why Judge Masipa got it right

By |October 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Oscar Pistorius and “Ubuntu”: Why Judge Masipa got it right

On Monday 13 October the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius commenced at the Pretoria High Court. Last month Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in relation to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was also found guilty of negligently discharging a firearm in a public place in a separate incident. Today Judge Thokozile Masipa handed […]

407, 2014

Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

By |July 4th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Many of us are once again reflecting upon modern day sexual predators following the recent investigation into Jimmy Savile’s activities in NHS organisations and the conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault. We continue to […]

2101, 2014

Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

By |January 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week 31 year-old Joanna Dennehy returns to the spotlight as the media descend on Cambridge Crown Court to witness the trials of the men accused of assisting her in her crimes.  Dennehy entered a guilty plea to the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and […]

1501, 2014

The new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’ – going too far or providing a new lens through which to look at celebrity lives and deaths?

By |January 15th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on The new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’ – going too far or providing a new lens through which to look at celebrity lives and deaths?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Last night saw the second in the new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’, in which an established pathologist reviews the autopsy report of a high-profile celebrity and tries to build a picture of their life and death. As a criminologist I was particularly interested to see how […]