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Sam Poyser

Assistant Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Sam is originally from the seaside city of Portsmouth. She studied for her first degree at the University of Exeter and has an MSc in Criminal Justice and a PhD from the University of Portsmouth. Sam has held academic positions at universities in England and Wales and has taught Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies and Policing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Sam joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham in 2019.

Expertise Summary

Sam's expertise relates to the broad issue of injustice, with a particular focus on 'voiceless victims' and criminal justice practitioners' treatment of such victims. Consequently, Sam has research interests in a number of areas, most particularly miscarriages of justice (including the lessons that criminal investigators can learn from failures in this context). In relation to this work, Sam has delivered training to investigators on critical failures in criminal investigation and has acted as an adviser to TV companies making programmes on the topic of miscarriages of justice. Latterly, Sam's interest in injustice has broadened to include a focus on harms experienced by non-human victims, including animals and the environment. Some of her current research interests include examining abuse of domestic and wild animals and official responses to these harms.

Teaching Summary

Sam has developed and taught on numerous criminology, criminal justice and policing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is passionate about teaching hitherto marginalised areas of… read more

Research Summary

Sam is currently conducting research which draws together: victimology, policing, rural crime and issues of in/justice relating to all of the above.

Recent Publications

  • POYSER, SAM and JOHN GRIEVE, 2018. Miscarriages of justice: What can we learn?. In: GRIFFITHS, ANDY, ed., The psychology of criminal investigation: from theory to practice. Routledge. 20-40
  • POYSER, SAM and MILNE, REBECCA, 2018. The role of police investigative processes in causing miscarriages of justice.. In: KOEN, WENDY and BOWERS, C. MICHAEL, eds., Forensic science reform: the Psychology and Sociology of wrongful convictions. Elsevier. 177-207
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. The victims of miscarriages of justice.. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 49-60
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. Informal Remedies. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 89-106

Sam has developed and taught on numerous criminology, criminal justice and policing modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is passionate about teaching hitherto marginalised areas of criminology such as: animal abuse, heritage crime, wildlife crime and food crime and has developed a variety of 'pioneering' modules in these areas. However, she remains fascinated by the rhetoric and reality of the Criminal Justice System and enthused by developments in the field of policing, particularly criminal investigation. In this regard, she really enjoys teaching the lessons that can be learnt from miscarriages of justice.

Past Research

Sam has undertaken numerous projects relating to issues surrounding policing, miscarriages of justice, justice campaigns, human and non-human victimisation in a variety of settings and forms of rural crime.

  • POYSER, SAM and JOHN GRIEVE, 2018. Miscarriages of justice: What can we learn?. In: GRIFFITHS, ANDY, ed., The psychology of criminal investigation: from theory to practice. Routledge. 20-40
  • POYSER, SAM and MILNE, REBECCA, 2018. The role of police investigative processes in causing miscarriages of justice.. In: KOEN, WENDY and BOWERS, C. MICHAEL, eds., Forensic science reform: the Psychology and Sociology of wrongful convictions. Elsevier. 177-207
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. The victims of miscarriages of justice.. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 49-60
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. Informal Remedies. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 89-106
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. An historical overview of key cases. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 13-30
  • POYSER, SAM, 2018. Introduction. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 1-12
  • POYSER, SAM and MILNE, REBECCA, 2018. Criminal Investigation and Miscarriages of Justice. In: Miscarriages of Justice: Causes, Consequences and Remedies: Key Themes in Policing Policy Press. 51-70
  • POYSER, SAM and POYSER, BETHAN, 2017. Highlighting heritage: police practitioners’ and place managers’ perceptions and understandings of heritage crime. International Journal of Police Science and Management.. 19(4), 247-260
  • POYSER, SAM and POYSER, BETHAN, 2016. Social Deviance Theories: Can They Explain Rural Vandalism in the Twenty-First Century? Deviant Behaviour. 39(1), 35-45
  • POYSER, SAM and MILNE, REBECCA, 2010. Miscarriages of justice: a call for continued research focussing on reforming the investigative process British Journal of Forensic Practice. 13(2), 61-71
  • POYSER, SAM, MILNE, REBECCA, SAVAGE, STEVE and WILLIAMSON, TOM, 2010. Miscarriages of justice: What can we learn?. In: ADLER, J.R. and GRAY, J.M., eds., Forensic psychology: concepts, debates and practice. Willan. 17-37
  • POYSER, SAM, SAVAGE, STEVE and GRIEVE, JOHN, 2009. Lawrence as a miscarriage of justice. In: HALL, NATHAN, GRIEVE, JOHN and SAVAGE, STEVE, eds., Policing and the legacy of Lawrence: policy and practice a decade on from the Lawrence Inquiry. Willan. 25-40
  • POYSER, SAM, SAVAGE, STEVE and GRIEVE, JOHN, 2007. Putting wrongs to rights: campaigns against miscarriages of justice. Criminology and Criminal Justice. 7(1), 83-106
  • POYSER, SAM, 2005. Shopping centre design, decline and crime. International Journal of Police Science and Management. 7(2), 123-136
  • POYSER, SAM, 2004. The role of police discretion in Britain and an analysis of proposals for reform. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. 77(1), 5-18
  • POYSER, SAM, Does the effectiveness of CCTV as a crime prevention strategy outweigh the threat to civil liberties? The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. 77(2), 120-134

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