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Research Interests

My research interests are around how policy and guidance documents are used by people, in practice. I am particularly interested in how written documents are translated by speakers in various social interactions. I use conversation analysis to analyse the ways in which we say something can occasion variations of social action.

Within the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, 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 journey spoken talk takes from investigative interview to written text to later be read out or performed in court.

My personal research interests are in police investigative interviews with vulnerable adult and child victims and witnesses of rape and sexual assault. I am working with some video data of investigative interviews, examining how police officers and the witness co-produce evidence through question and answer sequences. I’m 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. 


2010 - 2013    Loughborough University PhD Social Psychology

2008 - 2009    Loughborough University MRes Social Research 

2005 - 2008    Sheffield Hallam University BA Hons Sociology 

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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

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  • 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

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