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Prof Gavin Oxburgh


Department: Social Sciences

Professor Gavin Oxburgh is Professor of Police Science and Assitant Director of The Northern Hub for Veteran and Military Familes Research with a focus on the Criminal Justice research agenda. 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. He is an HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist, a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Royal Society of the Arts and the UK Higher Education Academy. He is a registered Expert Witness with the BPS providing advice in legal cases in the UK and overseas. 

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 legal psychology and human rights. 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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Gavin's research draws upon, and contributes to, the broad area of military veterans' research, together with 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 £3.9m in research grants to date from the ESRC, EPSRC, The British Academy, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Fund, The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), the UK College of Policing, and the N8 Policing Research Partnership. 

Gavin has published widely in the area of legal and forensic psychology, policing, and communication. 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.

Key Publications

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  • Cops and modders: Videogame modification and cyber-crime, Curtis, J., Oxburgh, G. 5 May 2021, BPS Conference 2021
  • Exploring the Use of Rapport in Professional Information-Gathering Contexts by Systematically Mapping the Evidence Base, Gabbert, F., Hope, L., Luther , K., Wright, G., Ng, M., Oxburgh, G. 1 Mar 2021, In: Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Heroes and Hooligans: The Heterogeneity of Video Game Modders, Curtis, J., Oxburgh, G., Briggs, P. 23 Jun 2021, In: Games and Culture
  • Inside the Shadows: A survey of UK HUMINT practitioners examining their considerations when handling a Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS), Moffett, L., Oxburgh, G., Dresser, P., Watson, S., Gabbert, F. 29 Jul 2021, In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • The use and efficacy of question type and an attentive interviewing style in adult rape interviews, Webster, W., Oxburgh, G., Dando, C. 9 Aug 2021, In: Psychology, Crime and Law
  • Understanding cyber-crime in real-world policing, Curtis, J., Oxburgh, G., Briggs, P., Wall, D. 5 May 2021, BPS Conference 2021
  • Victims of sexual offences: Aspects impacting on participation, cooperation and engagement with the interview process, Webster, W., Oxburgh, G. 17 Nov 2021, In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Interpreter-Assisted Interviews: Examining Investigators’ and Interpreters’ Views on Their Practice, Walsh, D., Oxburgh, G., Amurun, T. 22 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • Interviewing victims and witnesses of crime., Myklebust, T., Oxburgh, G., Webster, W. 9 Nov 2020, Quality Control in Criminal Investigations, Brusserls, Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublishers
  • 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

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Physical and psychological torture: Multi-disciplinary approaches to a global problem. 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: Torture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture (Journal) 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health (Journal) 2018
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: The immorality and ineffectiveness of physical and psychological torture 2017
  • Publication Peer-review: Applied Cognitive Psychology (Journal) 2017
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (Journal) 2017
  • Publication Peer-review: British Journal of Forensic Practice (Journal) 2016
  • Publication Peer-review: International Journal of Police Science and Management (Journal) 2012
  • Publication Peer-review: Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (Journal) 2012
  • Publication Peer-review: Police Practice and Research (Journal) 2012

PGR Supervision

  • Shannon Allen Exposure to morally injurious events: The impact on Service Police and Non-Service Police veterans Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Lee Moffett Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Joanna Curtis The paradoxical persistence of torture by States who condemn it Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Rachael Giles-Haigh Initimate Partner Violence Amongst Men Who Have Sex With Men and the Criminal Justice System Start Date: 01/09/2020

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 non-coercive 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).

He has previoulsy worked closely with the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) on: (i) organising an international conference entitled Physical and psychological torture: Multi-disciplinary approaches to a global problem, in London (Jun 19); (ii) delivering training to investigators and prosecutors from The Ukraine, and; (iii) co-hosting 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). He has been an invited expert to the Great Britain-China Centre (London) and the Supreme People’s Court of China assisting on the process of conducting effective non-coercive interviewing.  

Membership of Professional Bodies

Gavin is a member of the following professional bodies:

  • Royal Society of the Arts;
  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • The UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC);
  • The British Psychological Society (BPS);
  • 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). 



  • 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

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