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Dr Cheryl Allsop, obtained her ESRC funded PhD, which focused on how the police seek to solve long term unsolved murders and stranger rapes, from Cardiff University. Her book Cold Case Reviews: DNA, Detective Work and Unsolved Major Crimes is based on this ethnographic research. Cheryl is on the board of Locate International, a charity set up to work with the families of long-term missing people. She established the University of South Wales Cold Case Unit, leading a team of students and community volunteers and experts reviewing unsolved missing people cases, on behalf of the families, in conjunction with Locate International. Her current research is focused on missing people investigations, especially vulnerable missing people, no-body murders and unidentified found remains.  Dr Allsop is a member of the BSC Vulnerability Research Network and the lead for the vulnerable victims theme.

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, A reliance on Science: DNA Detective work and cold case major crime reviews

Award Date: 3 Jun 2013

Criminology, MSc, Just another witness: A critical analysis of the CJS from the victim's perspective

Social Science Research Methods Socio-Legal pathway, MSc, Magistrates Decision Making

Law, LLB (hons)

Psychology, BSc (Hons)

External positions

Independent Adviser, The Metropolitan Police Service

Dec 2020 → …

Academic expert, Missing people expert reference group

Apr 2020 → …

Advisory board, Locate International

1 Jun 2019 → …


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