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.
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 […]

410, 2013

Keanu and Hamzah – What would you do?

By |October 4th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Keanu and Hamzah – What would you do?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) into the death of Keanu Williams, brutally murdered by his mother Rebecca Shuttleworth – now serving a minimum 18 year prison sentence. We have also seen the conclusion of the trial of Amanda […]

1609, 2013

Will the Daniel Pelka Serious Case Review address the issues that really matter?

By |September 16th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on Will the Daniel Pelka Serious Case Review address the issues that really matter?

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology 

This week sees the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) findings relating to the death of Daniel Pelka. During the last few months of his short life, Daniel endured horrific abuse and neglect at the hands of the very people who should have […]

2308, 2013

What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

By |August 23rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This Sunday sees the arrival of the BBC four-part crime drama, ‘What Remains’. The setting is a block of flats in South London. Melissa Young, the resident of the top floor flat has not been seen for two years. A body is discovered in […]

3107, 2013

The denial of child abuse and neglect – my thoughts in the aftermath of the Daniel Pelka case

By |July 31st, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the trial relating to the death of 4 year-old Daniel Pelka conclude. Daniel’s mother Magdalena Luczak and his stepfather Mariusz Krezolek have both been found guilty of murder following a lengthy trial in which the court heard how Daniel […]

507, 2013

From review to investigation – new hope for the McCann family and all families of missing children?

By |July 5th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on From review to investigation – new hope for the McCann family and all families of missing children?

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Four-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from Praia da Luz in May 2007. Over the past two years, the Metropolitan Police have been reviewing the case, and have now announced that new witnesses, new evidence, and a list of 38 people of interest are sufficient to […]

2606, 2013

Children are everyone’s responsibility – some reflections in the aftermath of the Keanu Williams case

By |June 26th, 2013|Opinion|Comments Off on Children are everyone’s responsibility – some reflections in the aftermath of the Keanu Williams case

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen 25-year-old Rebecca Shuttleworth receive a minimum sentence of 18 years for the murder of her son, 2-year-old Keanu Williams. The abuse that Keanu experienced led him to suffer more than 35 injuries between November 2010 and January 2011. He […]

1406, 2013

“You can give any muppet a gun” – so let’s not make Dale Cregan the latest celebrity ‘hard man’

By |June 14th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on “You can give any muppet a gun” – so let’s not make Dale Cregan the latest celebrity ‘hard man’

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Today we saw the conclusion of the trial of Dale Cregan, the 29 year-old Manchester man who admitted to killing PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes in a gun and grenade attack on 18 September last year. Earlier in 2012 he had killed […]

306, 2013

As Oscar Pistorius takes centre stage, let’s not forget the victims

By |June 3rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off on As Oscar Pistorius takes centre stage, let’s not forget the victims

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week will see the world cast eyes once again on Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter previously known for his achievements on the athletics track, notably as the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. Pistorius is due to stand trial later […]

3005, 2013

More questions than answers in the April Jones case – Mark Bridger and the power of silence

By |May 30th, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Today the jury in the April Jones case returned a guilty verdict upon the defendant, Mark Bridger. This comes almost 8 months after April disappeared on 1 October 2012.

Bridger is something of a mystery to us as criminologists – much has been made of […]