Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Fiona Wadie

  • Qualifications: BSc Sociology and Social Research (University of Surrey), MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, PhD (University of Surrey)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3925
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Fiona Wadie is a Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth University in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. She completed her doctoral research looking at the practices and processes of investigative interviewing by police officers in England and Wales under the supervision of Professor Nigel Fielding and Professor Karen Bullock at the University of Surrey. Her research considered how various factors, including: formal (e.g. legislation); informal (e.g. police culture) and structural issues (e.g. training), impact and influence the practice of the police when conducting an investigative interview with a suspect, victim or witness. She has previously spent time working at the National Centre for Social Research, specialising in Questionnaire Design as part of the Survey Methods Unit.


  • Policing
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Police training
  • Police culture
  • Research Methods
    • Qualitative Research Methods (Interviewing; Observation; Focus Groups)
    • Qualitative analysis using MAXqda; NVIVO
    • Quantitative Methods (Survey questionnaire design and testing)
    • Analysis using SPSS; Excel

Teaching Responsibilities

Full-time undergraduate BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice (Levels 4, 5 and 6)

  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Researching Criminologies 1
  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Institutions, Processes and Control
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Contemporary Criminologies


  • Police investigations and police culture
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Police specialisms - particularly underwater search and recovery
  • Research methods

Research profile

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