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Dr Heather Horsburgh BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD

Teaching Fellow in Criminology

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Teaching fellow in criminology. I joined the University of Southampton in January 2016, having completed my PhD in Criminal Justice at the University of the West of Scotland in December 2015. 

My research interests are varied but are primarily around policing and criminal justice. I take a multidisciplinary approach and will draw on a number of disciplines in order to inform my research and teaching.



I completed my PhD in Criminal Justice in 2015. After working on a project assessing community policing in Glasgow I then moved to University of Southampton where I am now employed as a Teaching Fellow. 

My PhD project was titled: A study of Police Media Activities and Accountability in Scotland: Is Social Media the Way Forward? 

I have worked on a number of research projects, including an assessment of community policing in Glasgow, witness non-attendance at court, and a study of new police recruits. I also have experience of teaching criminology, forensic psychology, general psychology, and research methods.



Research interests


General areas of Research Interest:
Policing; Criminal Justice; Media; Applications of psychology to our understanding of crime and policing; Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy.

Areas of Potential Supervision:
Policing; Criminal Justice; Media representations of crime and policing; Police accountability and legitimacy; Investigative interviewing (including deception detection, interrogative pressure, and misinformation effects); eyewitness memory/face recognition; Social media and the public sphere; Restorative Justice; Domestic violence; Profiling.



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Teach on a range of subjects relating to criminology/psychology. Dissertation supervision

Dr Heather Horsburgh
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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