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Gavin E. OxburghSocial Science

Gavin E. Oxburgh PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PgCLTHE, CPsychol, CSci, FHEA, AFBPsS is a professor in Forensic Psychology at Newcastle University. Gavin’s research interests include cyber (cloud) crime, false and recovered memories, investigative interviewing and the broad area of international human rights. He has had his research funded by various Research Councils totaling over £2m to date and has published widely in the broad area of legal and forensic psychology.

In 2017, he was appointed as an associate investigator of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) which is EPSRC and GCHQ managed. He is a specialist consultant and trainer to various international bodies and, in 2016, he was an invited expert to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to inform the drafting of a new thematic report to develop a universal protocol for interrogations. He was then invited to sit on an International Steering Committee in relation to the development of Universal Standards for Non-coercive Interviewing and Procedural Safeguards. This is in conjunction with the Anti-Torture Initiative, the Association for the Prevention of Torture, and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights.

Prior to academia, he served for 22 years with Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force Police where he was a senior detective specialising in child protection, domestic abuse and sexual offences, serving throughout the UK and across Europe. In 2007, Gavin co-founded the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (, a network of professional interviewers dedicated to improving interview techniques across the world. He is also the theme lead for the Newcastle Forensic Psychology Research Group (FPRG).