Centre of Forensic Interviewing


Dr Sam Poyser

  • Role Title: Visiting Academic
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3927
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. Sam Poyser is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Aberystwyth University. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth with an MSc in Criminal Justice Studies (with Distinction), she went on to complete a PhD in Criminology which examined the role of the media in investigating and exposing miscarriages of justice in England and Wales. Her work in the field of investigation, led to Sam being asked to act as an expert adviser to the BBC on the topic of miscarriages of justice and to approaches from journalists worldwide relating to stories in this area and cases that may require reinvestigation. Sam has delivered papers relating to her research at a number of conferences throughout the UK and has published widely on miscarriages. She is currently writing two books on the topic, one of which is due for publication in 2017.


Teaching Responsibilities

Sam is a critical criminologist and most particularly, a zemiologist, committed to researching and exposing through pedagogy, the harms inflicted upon the powerless (including human and non-human animals) by the powerful in a variety of settings. Such interests have led to Sam developing a number of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate modules at universities across the country, relating to victimology, miscarriages of justice and animal abuse and wildlife crime. Relating to the latter, Sam is proud to have been nominated by students for a number of teaching awards throughout her academic career.