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1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

1209, 2017

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Mohammed Rahman, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, offers theoretical and observational thoughts on the recent HMP Birmingham unrest.

Prison unrest in England and Wales is nothing new.  In the past 12 months there have been several cases of disorder with riot damages costing millions of pounds.  A prominent case was the 2016 HMP Birmingham […]

604, 2017

‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

By |April 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

by Steve Garner, Professor of Critical Race Studies at Birmingham City University

‘We want our country back!’ was a rallying cry for the Leave campaign in the June 2016 referendum. Similar concerns are expressed in Donald Trump’s campaign, ‘Make America Great Again’.

Indeed, 2016 witnessed a renewed focus of Anglo-American politics on specific instrumentalist uses of the […]

504, 2017

The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s Roads.

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the […]

703, 2017

Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

By |March 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

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

This week’s episode of Broadchurch (S03 E02) was absolutely packed full of the type of issues and debates that anyone involved in or affected by crime and criminal justice (i. e. ALL of us) should be paying attention to.

The episode began […]

2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

By |November 28th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

1411, 2016

Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

By |November 14th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Defend, Deter and Develop: Exploring the UK’s Cybersecurity Strategy

by Dr Andrew Whiting, Lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University

Last week the government revealed the National Cyber Security Strategy.  In this document the government set out their agenda, along with the priorities and objectives that will direct policy, partnership and procurement for the next five years.  This is the second such strategy that the […]

911, 2016

One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on One year on from the Paris attacks, what makes terrorist activity so difficult to detect and tackle?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

A year ago this Sunday (13 Nov) France experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history which left 89 people dead. This devastating attack was claimed by the so called Islamic State.

The Bataclan nightclub, bars, restaurants and the Stade de France […]

411, 2016

What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By |November 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

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

Websleuthing is the internet-facilitated investigation of crime by people not acting in an official capacity. Websleuths are essentially the twenty first century’s amateur detectives. In recent years, thousands of people – me included – have flocked to spaces like www.websleuths.com, true […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

by Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]