Currently there are two strands of collaborative research
Increasing eyewitness lineup identification accuracy
Eyewitness lineup procedures currently play a key role in apprehending guilty suspects in criminal cases, so understanding eyewitness memory and developing accurate lineup procedures is vital to the effective functioning of the criminal justice system. Almost all research on lineup identification has been performed with samples of Western participants, and there's still a knowledge gap with regards to global cultural differences and race bias. Additionally, lineup procedures have not been formally implemented in South Korea. Our network aims to address both of these issues by fostering collaborative research between the UK and South Korea, drawing on the expertise and experience in our team.
Improving the investigative interview process
Successful criminal prosecutions and perpetrator identification is also highly dependant on successful fact finding in interviews with witnesses, but eliciting information is often complex, even from cooperative interviewees. Given that crime often happens across borders, it is vital that interviews between witnesses and investigators from diverse cultural backgrounds are as productive as possible. Our network facilitates collaboration between our diverse collaborators to best understand and improve the interview process.
As a network, we have three key objectives:
Objective 1: Convene and develop our network to stimulate and foster sustainable, social scientific collaborations between academic researchers in a variety of disciplines including psychology, law & criminology, in the UK and South Korea.
Objective 2: Establish an integrated and collaborative research agenda to inform funding proposals, and build the research capacity of researchers, especially early career researchers. This agenda will focus on the two research strands described above.
Objective 3: Foster academic-legal practitioner engagement and connectivity, such as with security professionals, police, and other legal practitioners in the UK and South Korea to facilitate knowledge exchange and drive research impact, via a research conference, reciprocal research visits, and external engagement activities online, in Korean and English.
Our primary outputs will be the following:
Two research conferences, one in the UK and one in South Korea. Learn more here.
Concept notes for future projects and academic-legal practitioner conferences.
Development of mock crime & attendant lineup materials to create a stimulus database for researchers.
Insights or briefing notes on emerging best practice, taking cultural differences into account.
To learn more about our team and research, watch the video below.