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Dr Cheryl Allsop - University Alliance. Pontypridd, Wales, GB

Dr Cheryl Allsop

Senior Lecturer in Criminology | University of South Wales

Pontypridd, Wales, UNITED KINGDOM

She researches cold cases including unsolved murders, sexual violence and missing people, with interest in police investigation processes.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Cold Case Reviews

Missing Persons

No Body Murders

Unidentified Found Remains


Dr Cheryl Allsop is Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of South Wales. She researches cold cases - with a particular interest in the police investigation processes, expertise used in investigations, and how detectives make decisions during cases. Her work extends into missing persons, sexual violence, ‘stranger rapes’, and miscarriages of justice. Cheryl runs a cold case re-investigation unit - working with her USW students to explore such crimes, as well as an international partnership between university departments with similar investigation interests by students.

Cheryl has written a book - called Cold Case Review: DNA, Detective Work, and Unsolved Major Crimes. She is a member of Locate International - which is dedicated to tracking down missing persons. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Police Journal and she is a member of both the British Society of Criminology and the American Criminological Society.

Media Mentions (3)

Cold case mystery: Only clue to man's identity is a ring inscription

BBC News  online


"The mystery of the man found on the beach on the Scilly Isles has stumped investigators for more than four decades," said Dr Cheryl Allsop, who is a senior lecturer in criminology and and criminal justice at USW.

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University’s Cold Case Unit investigates unsolved missing person cases

Wales247  online


Dr Cheryl Allsop, whose research focuses on cold case investigations and missing people, set up the cold case unit at USW to help the families of missing people whilst providing students with an opportunity to put the theory that they are taught in class into practice and learn additional investigative skills.

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Getting warmer: why police chase cold cases like Suzy Lamplugh

The Guardian  online


While DNA advances are often key, it is the tenacity of officers like Mackay to pursue the inquiries which are leading to successful conclusions in many cold cases, according to criminologist Dr Cheryl Allsop, who spent eight months shadowing a cold case team.

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Multimedia Appearances


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Education (5)

Cardiff University: Ph.D. 2013

Cardiff University: M.Sc., Social Science Research Methods Socio-legal Pathway 2008

The Open University: B.Sc., Psychology 2006

Portsmouth University: M.Sc., Criminal Justice Studies 2000

Nottingham Trent University: L.L.B., Law 1996

Affiliations (5)

  • Member, British Society of Criminology
  • Member, European Society of Criminology
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, Criminal Investigations Research Network
  • Advisory Board Member Locate International

Articles (3)

Investigating homicide: back to the future

Emerald Insight

2019 The purpose of this paper is to suggest two things: first, that the scientific and technological developments and increased regulation that have shaped homicide investigations in England and Wales over the last few decades have provided today’s investigators with opportunities not available to their predecessors, and play a key role in solving unsolved homicides.

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Motivations, money and modern policing: accounting for cold case reviews in an age of austerity

Policing and Society

2013 Over the past two decades ‘cold case review conferences’ have become an established component of how police forces respond to long-term unsolved major crimes. This article examines the place of cold case major crime reviews in UK policing in an age of austerity.

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Review: Cold Case Research: Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases

The Police Journal


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