Professor Samantha Lundrigan

Director, International Policing and Public Protection Research Institute
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Criminology , Policing , Physiology
Research Supervision:

Sam is interested in the interface between psychology and crime, and how psychology may be applied to the understanding and investigation of stranger sexual crime.

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Sam joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2009 from the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Until 2005, she was at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. There she taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology and forensic psychology.

As well as teaching, Sam has also conducted a range of research projects into geographic profiling systems, the spatial behaviour of serial rapists and the behavioural consistency of serial offenders. She has worked closely with police and provided offender and geographic profiles on a series of serious crime investigations. She also provided regular training to police officers in the area of environmental criminology and investigative psychology.

Research interests
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Geographic profiling
  • Male sexual violation
  • Stranger interpersonal violence
  • Juror decision making
  • Rape
Areas of research supervision
  • Understanding and Responding to Adult Child to Parent Abuse: Dynamics, Motivations and Parents’ Experiences.
  • Why do police call handlers behave the way they do? An ethnographic study of a police control room.
  • PhD Psychology, Thesis title Spatial Patterns in Serial Murder: A Conceptual Model of Disposal Site Location Choice, University of Liverpool, School of Psychology, 1998
  • MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Surrey, Department of Psychology, 1994
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Portsmouth, Department of Geography, 1992
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
  • International Academy of Investigative Psychology
  • European Association of Psychology and Law
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Society of Evidence Based Policing
Selected recent publications

Dhami, M.K., Lundrigan, S., & Thomas, S. (2018). Discretion in rape cases. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, in press.

Mann, N., Devendran, P. & Lundrigan, S. (2018). Policing in a time of austerity: Understanding the public protection paradox through qualitative interviews with police monitoring officers. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

Lundrigan, S., Dhami, M.K., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2018). The effect of charge seriousness and conviction consequences on juror decision-making. The Australian Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Mueller-Johnson, K., Dhami, M., & Lundrigan, S. (2018). Effects of Judicial instructions and juror characteristics on interpretations of beyond reasonable doubt. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Lundrigan, S. (2016). A Review of Research into Body Disposal Patterns of Murderers and Implications for Locating Missing Murder Victims in D. Congram (Ed.) Missing Persons; Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Disappeared. Canadian Scholars Press. 184 -206.

Lundrigan, S., Dhami, M.K., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2016). Predicting verdicts using pre-trial attitudes and standards of proof. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21, 95-110. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12043.

Dhami, M. K., Lundrigan, S., & Mueller-Johnson, K. (2015). Instructions on reasonable doubt: Defining the standard of proof and the juror’s task. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 21, 169-178.

Lundrigan, S., 2013. Victim Gender, Number of Perpetrators, and Interpersonal Interaction in Stranger Rape: An Analysis of Direct and Moderator Effects. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11, 95-114. doi: 10.1002/jip.1408.

Lundrigan, S.L., & Mueller-Johnson, K.M. (2013). Male stranger rape: A behavioral model of victim-offender interaction. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40, 763-783. doi: 10.1177/0093854812474451.