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Professor of Criminology, University of South Wales

Fiona Brookman is Professor of Criminology at the University of South Wales, UK. She received her PhD from Cardiff University in 2000. She conducts research mainly in the areas of policing, violence and homicide. She is also interested in narrative and visual criminology. She has extensive experience of conducting in-depth interviews with violent offenders as well as with detectives and forensic scientists. She has undertaken ethnographic research of homicide investigation in the UK and US, which has included spending hundreds of hours shadowing homicide detectives, and following cases from crime scene to court.

Fiona has over 80 publications including those in international journals and numerous chapters in edited collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making (Oxford: 2017), In Their Own Words (Oxford: 2013) and Narrative Criminology (New York: 2015). She is lead editor of the Handbook of Homicide (Wiley: 2017) and author of Understanding Homicide (Sage: 2022) (2nd edition).

Fiona is Director of the Criminal Investigation Research Network ( CIRN aims to advance knowledge on the theory and practice of major crime investigation. The network brings together leading academics from around the world with expertise in major crime investigation and senior investigating officers and practitioners at the forefront of developing practice and strategy. Fiona is a member of a Home Office Expert Advisory Panel on Serious Violence Policy and Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Criminal Justice.


  • –present
    Professor of Criminology, University of South Wales