Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Dr Elizabeth Yardley

About Dr Elizabeth Yardley

Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.
1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off

One of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning is my mission to bust the numerous myths and stereotypes around homicide[1]. Whilst crimes like this feature prominently in the broadcast and entertainment media, they are very rare and not many of us will have direct experience of them. This is clearly […]

2110, 2014

Oscar Pistorius and “Ubuntu”: Why Judge Masipa got it right

By |October 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

On Monday 13 October the sentencing of Oscar Pistorius commenced at the Pretoria High Court. Last month Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in relation to the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was also found guilty of negligently discharging a firearm in a public place in a separate incident. Today Judge Thokozile Masipa handed […]

407, 2014

Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

By |July 4th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Many of us are once again reflecting upon modern day sexual predators following the recent investigation into Jimmy Savile’s activities in NHS organisations and the conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault. We continue to […]

2101, 2014

Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

By |January 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week 31 year-old Joanna Dennehy returns to the spotlight as the media descend on Cambridge Crown Court to witness the trials of the men accused of assisting her in her crimes.  Dennehy entered a guilty plea to the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and […]

1501, 2014

The new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’ – going too far or providing a new lens through which to look at celebrity lives and deaths?

By |January 15th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Last night saw the second in the new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’, in which an established pathologist reviews the autopsy report of a high-profile celebrity and tries to build a picture of their life and death. As a criminologist I was particularly interested to see how […]

410, 2013

Keanu and Hamzah – What would you do?

By |October 4th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) into the death of Keanu Williams, brutally murdered by his mother Rebecca Shuttleworth – now serving a minimum 18 year prison sentence. We have also seen the conclusion of the trial of Amanda […]

1609, 2013

Will the Daniel Pelka Serious Case Review address the issues that really matter?

By |September 16th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology 

This week sees the publication of the Serious Case Review (SCR) findings relating to the death of Daniel Pelka. During the last few months of his short life, Daniel endured horrific abuse and neglect at the hands of the very people who should have […]

2308, 2013

What Remains? Not ‘Social Capital’ that’s for sure

By |August 23rd, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This Sunday sees the arrival of the BBC four-part crime drama, ‘What Remains’. The setting is a block of flats in South London. Melissa Young, the resident of the top floor flat has not been seen for two years. A body is discovered in […]

3107, 2013

The denial of child abuse and neglect – my thoughts in the aftermath of the Daniel Pelka case

By |July 31st, 2013|In The News|1 Comment

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week we have seen the trial relating to the death of 4 year-old Daniel Pelka conclude. Daniel’s mother Magdalena Luczak and his stepfather Mariusz Krezolek have both been found guilty of murder following a lengthy trial in which the court heard how Daniel […]

507, 2013

From review to investigation – new hope for the McCann family and all families of missing children?

By |July 5th, 2013|In The News|Comments Off

By Dr Liz Yardley, Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Four-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from Praia da Luz in May 2007. Over the past two years, the Metropolitan Police have been reviewing the case, and have now announced that new witnesses, new evidence, and a list of 38 people of interest are sufficient to […]