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    Stephen Parker is a Lecturer in Law working in the Aston Institute For Forensic Linguistics (AIFL). He has multi-disciplinary background, having a BSc. joint honours in Chemical Engineering and Management from Loughborough University and a Masters in Law from Bristol University. He worked for Rolls-Royce plc. for 21 years, starting as an aerodynamicist, moving on to software development, IT project and systems manager and left as a Head of IT. Having retrained in law Stephen has worked in academia as a lecturer and researcher being involved in numerous externally funded projects and currently leads an ESRC project looking at risk prediction in child protection. He is currently interested in the role of the State in intervening in private family life and the use of expert evidence in the justice systems. His risk project is exploring the role of predictive tools and AI currently being touted as a panacea in so many areas of life. As a critical thinker with a STEM background and legally qualified he has a unique take on the systems and processes which surround us all. His teaching focusses expert evidence, legal methods but has taught medical law as well as other core law options. 


    Masters in Law, Bristol University

    BSc. (joint hons) Chemical Engineering & Management, Loughborough University

    Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), Loughborough University

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    Funded Projects

    Principal Investigator on the ESRC Transformative project: “The ‘risk of risk’: remodelling artificial intelligence algorithms for predicting child abuse”. Grant Reference: ES/R00983X/2.

    Co-Investigator on the Nuffield foundation project: “Investigating the reasons for the rise in Care Order Applications in the Family Courts”. Grant Reference: JUS/43090.

    Co-Investigator on the ESRC Transformative project: “Rethinking child protection strategy: evaluating research findings and numeric data to challenge whether current intervention strategy is justified”. Grant Reference: ES/M000990/1.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


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