Dr Amy Burrell BSc, MSc, FHEA, PhD

Dr Amy Burrell

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Amy is a researcher with a background in forensic psychology. She works on multiple research projects at the University of Birmingham, predominantly focused on topics such as sexual violence, behavioural crime linkage, and policing.


  • PhD Forensic Psychology (University of Leicester)
  • MSc Forensic Behavioural Science (University of Liverpool)
  • BSc Applied Psychology (University of Durham)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Birmingham City University)
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity (Leicester College)


Dr Amy Burrell has been researching in crime and policing for over 15 years. She graduated from University of Durham with a degree in Applied Psychology in 2002 before going onto complete an MSc in Forensic Behavioural Science at University of Liverpool the following year. After 4 years working as a Research Fellow for the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science she returned to education to complete a PhD (part time) in Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. Her PhD was on behavioural crime linkage (i.e. a method for identifying whether you can identify series of offences committed by the same person based on their crime scene actions) in personal robbery. After completing her PhD in 2013, Amy moved to the University of Birmingham to become the Network Facilitator for the Crime Linkage International Network (C-LINK) (www. crimelinkage.org). She then moved to teaching roles for 6 years – Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University and Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Forensic Psychology at Coventry University – before returning to research in January 2021. She is a Research Fellow at University of Birmingham predominantly working on projects related to sexual violence and policing. She continues to guest lecture alongside her research role.


Amy’s research interests include property crime – in particular personal robbery, behavioural crime linkage, group offending, group decision-making, and violent crime.

Other activities

  • Editorial Board Member – Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • Editorial Board Member – Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Criminal Psychology
  • External Examiner - MSc Cybercrime, Terrorism and Security, University of Plymouth


Recent publications


Burrell, A 2022, Robbery: The tipping point between theft and violence. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-93173-5

Burrell, A (ed.) & Tonkin, M 2020, Property Crime: Criminological and Psychological Perspectives. Routledge. <https://www.routledge.com/Property-Crime-Criminological-and-Psychological-Perspectives-1st-Edition/Burrell-Tonkin/p/book/9781138632479>


Wüllenweber, S & Burrell, A 2023, 'The crime and the place: Robbery in the night‐time economy', Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1616

Wuellenweber, S & Burrell, A 2020, 'Offence characteristics: a comparison of lone, duo, and 3+ perpetrator robbery offences', Psychology, Crime and Law, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 122-139.

Woodhams, J, Tonkin, M, Imre, H, Winter, JM, Lam, E, ten Brinke, G-J, Webb, M, Labuschagne, G, Bennell, C, Ashmore-Hills, L, van der Kemp, J, Lipponen, S, Pakkanen, T, Rainbow, L, Salfati, CG, Santtila, P & Burrell, A 2019, 'Linking serial sexual offences: moving towards an ecologically valid test of the principles of crime linkage', Legal and Criminological Psychology, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 123-140. https://doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12144

Tonkin, M, Pakkanen, T, Sirén, J, Bennell, C, Woodhams, J, Imre, H, Winter, JM, Lam, E, Ten Brinke, G, Webb, M, Labuschagne, GN, Ashmore-hills, L, Van Der Kemp, JJ, Lipponen, S, Rainbow, L, Salfati, CG, Santtila, P & Burrell, A 2017, 'Using offender crime scene behavior to link stranger sexual assaults: a comparison of three statistical approaches', Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 50, pp. 19-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.04.002, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2017.04.002

Burrell, A, Bull, R, Bond, J & Herrington, G 2015, 'Testing the impact of group offending on behavioural similarity in serial robbery', Psychology, Crime and Law, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 551-569. https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2014.999063

Burrell, A, Bull, R & Bond, J 2012, 'Linking personal robbery offences using offender behaviour', Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 201-222.

Burrell, A & Bull, R 2011, 'A Preliminary Examination of Crime Analysts' Views and Experiences of Comparative Case Analysis', International Journal of Police Science & Management, vol. 13, pp. 2-15.

Burrell, A & Erol, R 2009, 'Tackling violence in the night-time economy on the ground: Putting policy into practice in England and Wales', Crime Prevention and Community Safety, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 189-203.


Burrell, A & Tonkin, M 2020, Behavioural Crime Linkage in Rape and Sexual Assault Cases. in S Kewley & C Barlow (eds), Preventing Sexual Violence. Policy Press, pp. 111-130.

Ashmore-Hills, L, Burrell, A & Tonkin, M 2017, Behavioural Crime linkage and multi-agency working. in Handbook of Risk Management and the Criminal Justice System. Palgrave, pp. 1-32. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63573-6_1


Burrell, A, Costello, B, Hobson, W, Morton, R, Muñoz, CG, Thomas, K & Kloess, JA 2023, 'Being prepared for emotionally demanding research', Communications Psychology, vol. 1, no. 1, 9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s44271-023-00008-x

Commissioned report

Burrell, A, Woodhams, J, Gregory, P & Robinson, E 2023, Spiking: Prevalence and Motivation.

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Burrell, A, Slater, C & Davies, K 2024, Profiling. in P Caeiro, S Gless, V Mitsilegas, MJ Costa, J De Snaijer & G Theodorakakou (eds), Elgar Encyclopedia of Crime and Criminal Justice. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781789902990.profiling

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