Department of Social Sciences

Visiting address
208 Hirst, Digby Stuart


Dr Elisabeth Carter is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She received her PhD in Sociology from University of Essex in 2009, which was awarded full funding by the Economic and Social Research Council on the 1+3 scheme. Her research examines points at which language and the law intersect in a range of high-stakes and (il)legal contexts. Her current work focusses on the interactional manifestation of deceptions and ways in which talk is used to persuade in scam communications and police interviews. Of particaular interest is the use and absuse of power through talk, the grooming process of romance scams and the ways in which language is manipulated to persuade recipients to be willing participants in their own exploitation, without causing them alarm. 

She teaches Criminology, Policing and Research Methods, and encourages enquiries from prospective PhD candidates regarding supervision in areas relating to her research interests.



Research interests

I am interested in all points at which language and the law intersect.

I am currently examining:

-The extra-interactional manifestation of deception in police interviews

-The interactional strategies of perpetrators of scam communications


Overarching research interests:

Police interviews and institutional talk,

Language as evidence,

Negotiation, power and interaction,

Truth and lie detection,

Creating research that applies to, and impacts on policy and practice in the Criminal Justice System.

Professional affiliations

British Society of Criminology (BSC)

British Sociological Association (BSA)

International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)

International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)

Law and Society Association (LSA)

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow

Society of Forensic Interviewers (SoFI)


Teaching interests


Forensic linguistics



Currently teaching (2018-19)

Policing and Criminal Juctice

Criminological Imagination

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Undergraduate dissertation supervision

Postgraduate dissertation supervision

Teaching on Masters in Global Criminology


Other responsibilities

Year 2 UG Programme Tutor


Research outputs

  1. The language of scammers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  2. Communicating with Witnesses: The role of initial accounts during investigative interviews

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. A conversation analytic exploration of laughter in the police interview

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  1. British Society of Criminology Book Prize

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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