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Prof Gavin Oxburgh


Department: Social Sciences

Professor Gavin Oxburgh is Professor of Police Science and a HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist. He is also  a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is a registered Expert Witness with the British Psychological Society providing advice in legal cases in the UK and overseas. Gavin is a 22 year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Air Force Police where he was a senior detective specialising in child protection and sexual offences. 

Gavin works in close collaboration with many police forces and law enforcement agencies around the world, providing consultancy and training on a wide variety of topics relating to investigative and legal psychology. He works in close collaboration with the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, and provides specialist advice and training to their Investigations Division. He is active in International Human Rights and sits on a UN-led International Steering Committee co-ordinated by the Association on the Prevention of Torture (APT) regarding universal standards for non-coercive interviewing and procedural safeguards.

Gavin Oxburgh


  • Psychology PhD December 01 2011
  • Teacher Training (University) PGCLTHE July 01 2008
  • Psychology MSc October 01 2004
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) October 01 2002
  • Registered Forensic Psychologist (HCPC) 2010
  • Chartered Scientist (UKSC) CSci 2010
  • BPS Chartered Psychologist (Research & Teaching) CPsychol 2010
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society AFBPsS 2010

Further Information

International Collaboration and Consultancy

In 2007, he co-founded the International Investigative Interviewing Research (iIIRG) an organisation he Chaired until Jul 19. He has trained investigators from many international organisations including the ICC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Investigation Services, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the the Finnish and Swedish Competition Authorities in specialist interview techniques. He has previously provided specialist training to members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and South African Prosecution Services on investigative interviewing  in cases of child sexual abuse and on-line child exploitation. He was a specialist advisor to the Credibility Assessment Research Summit (CARS), Washington DC, on Educing Information from suspects, a US Government research group sponsored by the Defence Academy for Credibility Assessment (DACA).

Membership of Professional Bodies

Gavin is a member of the following professional bodies:

  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • The UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC);
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS);
  • Deputy Chair of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP) Training Committee; 
  • The American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS); 
  • The European Association of Psychology & Law (EAPL); 
  • The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA);
  • The UK Science Council (UKSC). 


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interpreter-Assisted Interviews, Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Amurun, T. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Patterns of co-operation between police interviewers with suspected sex offenders, Oxburgh, G., Tkacukova, T. 2020, The discourse of police investigation. , Chicago, University of Chicago Press
  • Challenges for Research into Military Investigations, Buehler, A., Oxburgh, G., Zimmermann, P., Willmund, G., Wesemann, U. 2 Jan 2019, In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Effective evaluation of forensic interviews: The Forensic Interview Trace (FIT), Farrugia, L., Oxburgh, G., Gabbert, F. 7 Aug 2019, In: Investigative interviewing: Research and Practice
  • What works in investigative interviewing? Using Systematic Maps to examine the evidence base, Gabbert, F., Wright, G., Hope, L., Oxburgh, G., Ng, M. 7 Aug 2019, In: Investigative interviewing: Research and Practice
  • Research in Applied Psychology is gaining prominence due to its focus on economic effectiveness and human well-being., Oxburgh, G. 1 Jul 2018
  • How might Crime-Scripts be used to Support the Understanding and Policing of Cloud Crime?, Warren, S., Oxburgh, G., Briggs, P., Wall, D. 13 Jul 2017, Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy and Trust, Cham, Springer
  • International developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation, Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Redlich, A., Myklebust, T. 2017
  • International developments and practices in investigative interviewing and interrogation, Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Redlich, A., Myklebust, T. 2017
  • Reviewing the case, Myklebust, T., Oxburgh, G. 2017, Children’s testimony: A handbook of psychological research and forensic practice, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Gavin's research draws upon, and contributes to, the broad area of legal and criminological psychology including: International human rights, the prevention of torture, ethical and non-coercive interviewing; false and recovered memories, and; (cyber) crime in the cloud. He has attracted over £2.9m in research grants to date from the ESRC/EPSRC, The British Academy, The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the UK College of Policing, and the N8 Policing Research Partnership. He has organised numerous national and international conferences including the iIIRG Annual Conferences and Masterclasses, and two on the topic of torture: (i) The immorality and ineffectiveness of physical and psychological torture, Discovery Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (Oct 17) and; (ii)  Physical and psychological torture: Multi-disciplinary approaches to a global problem, London (Jun 19). Also in Jun 19, he co-hosted (together with the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute [IBAHRI]) a roundtable discussion at the UK's House of Lords on the draft universal protocol on non-coercive interviewing (together with legal and procedural safeguards). 

Gavin has published widely in the area of legal and forensic psychology, policing, and communication (see publications on PURE), and regularly reviews research grants, empirical research papers and books for various research councils, major publishers and internationally renowned journals. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Torture Journal. In 2017, he was awarded Associate Investigator status of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) which is EPSRC and GCHQ managed.


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