Dr Kari Davies PhD

School of Psychology
Research fellow

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Davies has recently completed a PhD entitled ‘The practice of crime linkage’. She is now working as a research fellow in the School of Psychology, and as the research coordinator for the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing.


PhD Forensic Psychology – University of Birmingham

MSc Forensic Psychology – University of Leicester

BSc Psychology – Durham University


Dr. Davies’ interests lie in crime linkage and behavioural investigative advice, and she has recently completed her PhD investigating the practice of crime linkage in the UK and abroad. She has published a number of book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals, written for the police magazine Garda Review and the Crime Analyst’s Research Digest, and regularly acts as a reviewer for academic journals and publishers. She is the network facilitator of the Crime Linkage International Network and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr. Davies’ recent work has looked at how analysts use the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System to assist with the process of crime linkage, and how the process of linkage differs between countries. Much of her work has been conducted through secondments into practitioners’ workplaces, and she has collaborated with both the Home Office and several police forces in the UK, as well as law enforcement in Belgium and Singapore. Dr. Davies regularly lectures on the subjects of crime linkage and profiling at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.


Research Interests:

Crime linkage; behavioural investigative advice; sex offending


Davies, K. (in press). Considering the theoretical and practical aspects of behaviourally linking property crime. In A. Burrell & M. Tonkin (Eds.), Property crime: Criminological and psychological perspectives.

Davies, K., Alrajeh, D., & Woodhams, J. (2018). An investigation into the process of comparative case analysis conducted by analysts working in the Serious Crime Analysis Section in the United Kingdom. An official report submitted to the Serious Crime Analysis Section, UK.

Davies, K., Imre, H., & Woodhams, J. (2018a). A response to Professor Margot’s 2009 assessment of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS): An evaluation into the validity of conclusions drawn. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Davies, K., Imre, H., & Woodhams, J. (2018b). A test of the interrater reliability of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS) coding in Belgium. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Davies, K. & Woodhams, J. (2018). A review of the literature concerning the practice of crime linkage. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Davies, K., Woodhams, J., & Rainbow, L. (2018). Crime linkage and sexual homicide. In J. Proulx, A. Carter, E. Beauregard, A. Mokros, R. Darjee, & J. James (Eds.), International Handbook of Sexual Homicide. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Hopkins, M. & Davies, K. (2018). Driver decisions to ‘hit-and-run’: A re-assessment of the cost-benefit explanatory. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Davies, K., Tonkin, M., Bull, R., & Bond, J. W. (2012). The course of case linkage never did run smooth: A new investigation to tackle the behavioural changes in serial car theft. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 9, 274-295. doi: 10.1002/jip.1369

Davies, K., Bond, R., & Smith, L. L. (2011). Investigating the differences between car key burglaries and traditional car theft (unpublished master’s placement project). University of Leicester, UK.

Davies, K. (2011). Behavioural case linkage: An overview of recent research and its practical applications within the investigative services. Unpublished report written as part of the International Visiting Researcher Programme, Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre, Singapore.

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