Following the completion her degrees in BA Criminology and MRes Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, Elizabeth undertook an ESRC-funded PhD in Criminology at the University of Manchester supervised by Dr Jon Shute and Professor Sandra Walklate.

Elizabeth joined the Centre for Criminology in the Faculty of Law in January 2019 as an ESRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow. She is currently working on a project entitled 'Bereaved Family Activism in the Aftermath of Lethal Violence'. This research explores the phenomenon of 'bereaved family activism': the attempts by bereaved relatives to confront their experiences of violent bereavement to engage in organised, responsive and public campaigns. The aim of this project is to better understand the experiences of those bereaved by lethal violence and what role bereaved families can play in shaping criminal justice policy, practice, and advocacy.

Research Interests

  • Victims
  • Homicide
  • Traumatic Bereavement
  • Families of victims and offenders
  • Secondary victimisation



Research projects