Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Interests

Within the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), I am based in the Centre for Spoken Interaction in Legal Contexts (SILC). In SILC we apply discourse analysis to examine various areas of the legal system (e.g. police interviews, courtroom interaction). We are currently interested in the journey spoken talk takes from investigative interview to written text to later be read out or performed in court.

My personal research interests centre on improving access to justice for vulnerable victims and witnesses of crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. Broadly, my research interests are around how policy and guidance documents are used by people, in training and in practice. I use Conversation Analysis to analyse the ways in which we say something can occasion variations of social action.

- Police Interviewing Vulnerable Adults (PIVA) of sexual assault and rape

I am currently working with video data of investigative interviews, where adult and child witnesses are reporting sexual assault and rape. I am examining how police officers and the witness co-produce evidence through question and answer sequences. I am particularly interested in the adherence to the Achieving Best Evidence guidance. I’ve also begun to work with some data where officers are role-playing interviews as part of specialist investigative interview training with a view to examining how this looks in comparison to the real thing. 

- Initial reporting of domestic abuse (IRDA) during Covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting UK lockdown, saw an increase in reports of domestic abuse to the police and, in greater volume, to domestic abuse charities. In collaboration with Professor Stokoe (Loughborough University), I am undertaking a conversation analytic study to understand how these initial reports made to police services during lockdown might differ from those prior to. This work is designed to help promote the police services as a route for victims and witnesses of domestic abuse to report incidents of this nature.


2010 - 2013    Loughborough University PhD Social Psychology

2008 - 2009    Loughborough University MRes Social Research 

2005 - 2008    Sheffield Hallam University BA Hons Sociology 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Emma Richardson is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 1 Similar Profiles

Research Output

An interdisciplinary mixed-methods approach to developing antimicrobial stewardship interventions: Protocol for the preserving antibiotics through safe stewardship (PASS) research programme [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]

Shallcross, L., Lorencatto, F., Fuller, C., Tarrant, C., West, J., Traina, R., Smith, C., Forbes, G., Crayton, E., Rockenschaub, P., Dutey-Magni, P., Richardson, E., Fragaszy, E., Michie, S., Hayward, A. & Group, PASS. R., 14 Jan 2020, In : Wellcome Open Research. 5, p. 8 8.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • When Police Interview Victims of Sexual Assault: Comparing Written Guidance to Interactional Practice

    Stokoe, E., Antaki, C., Richardson, E. & Willott, S., Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Discourse of Police Interviews. Mason, M. & Rock, F. (eds.). University of Chicago Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Who uses transcriptions of conversations as formal evidence?

    Richardson, E., 17 Mar 2020

    Research output: Other contributionBlog Post

    Open Access
  • Open Access