Dr Sophie Pike is a Lecturer in Criminology at Bath Spa University.
Sophie’s PhD research explored changes to the police investigation of homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the present day. The qualitative study was based on interviews with former and serving homicide detectives and members of the legal profession, as well as case file analysis and observations of investigations and detective training. The findings of this research will be presented to the Home Office in November 2018.
Before starting her undergraduate degree, Sophie worked as a Community Safety Support Officer for a local authority Community Safety Team. She has also worked for a Social Services Child Protection Team.
- PhD - University of South Wales (2018)
- MSc, Criminology and Criminal Justice (with distinction) - University of South Wales (2011)
- BSc, Criminology and Criminal Justice - University of Glamorgan (2010)
- British Society of Criminology
Other external roles
- Co-chair - British Society of Criminology, Wales branch
Areas of expertise
Sophie's research interests and areas of expertise include:
- Major crime investigation
- Detective work
- Policing and qualitative research.
She currently teaches on the 'Crime and Disorder in Everyday Life' module.
- Brookman, F., Pike, S. and Maguire, E. (in preparation) ‘Dancing Around Miranda: The Effects of Legal Reform on Homicide Detectives in the US and the UK’.
- Brookman, F., Bennett, T., Pike, S. and May, T. (in preparation) ‘Sticking up and giving up: The role of rationality and affect in the accomplishment of street robbery’.
- Pike, S. (in preparation) Homicide Investigation in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present Day.
- "A Critical Exploration of Changes to the Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present Day: Findings from PhD Research". Home Office. Home Office, Central London (13th November 2018)
- "Explaining Changes to the Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales". European Society of Criminology Annual Conference. University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (29th August – 1st September 2018)
- "An Exploration of Changes to the Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present Day". European Society of Criminology Annual Conference. Cardiff University, South Wales (13th – 16th September 2017)
- "The Changing Face of Homicide Investigations – only the crime is fixed in time". Presented with Dr Cheryl Allsop. British Society of Criminology Conference. Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham (6th – 8th July 2016)
- "An Exploration of Changes to the Investigation of Homicide in England and Wales from the 1980s to the Present Day: Scientific and Technological Change". British Society of Criminology, Welsh Branch. University of South Wales, Treforest (15th October 2015)
- "Homicide Investigation: Past, Present and Future". Presented with Professor Fiona Brookman and Dr Cheryl Allsop. The Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ) Annual Conference. Gregynog, Mid-Wales (May 2015).