Research interests

Homicide and Violence

Policing (especially major crime investigation)


Qualitative research methods

Research interests

Fiona Brookmanis Professor of Criminology at the University of South Wales, UK.  She has over 20 years' of experience in teaching and research in the fields of policing, violence and homicide.  Using mainly qualitative research methods, her research focuses on the dynamics and causes of homicide and violence, violence prevention and the investigation of homicide.  She has extensive experience of conducting in-depth interviews with violent offenders and of interviewing and shadowing homicide detectives and forensic scientists (in Britain and America).  Her research is helping to enhance police practice and directly informing violence reduction initiatives.  She currently leads a Leverhulme-funded project exploring the role of forensic science and technology in homicide investigation. 

Fiona is Director of the Criminal Investigation Research Network (CIRN), a member of a Home Office Expert Advisory Panel on Serious Violence Policy and invited member of the National Police Chiefs' Council Transforming Digital Forensic Research Working Group.  

Fiona has over 70 publications including those in international journals as well as numerous chapters in edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making (Oxford: 2017), the Oxford Handbook of Criminology (Oxford: 2012), In Their Own Words (Oxford: 2013), Narrative Criminology (New York: 2015) and The Handbook of Qualitative Criminology (Routledge: 2015). She is lead editor of the Handbook of Homicide (Wiley: 2017) and author of Understanding Homicide (Sage: 2006).   She is currently writing the 2nd edition of ‘Understanding Homicide’. 

Research output

  1. Measuring the Impact of Forensic Science on Homicide Investigation

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

  2. 'Mosaicking’: Cross Construction, Sense-Making and Methods of Police Investigation

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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