Gareth Norris

Dr, BSc (Anrhydedd) Seicoleg a Throseddeg, MSc Seicoleg Ymchwiliadol, PhD Seicoleg Gymhwysol a Throseddeg

  • Aberystwyth University
    Llandinam Building

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Gareth joined Psychology in 2014 after eight years lecturing in the Law Department at Aberystwyth. He was previously a lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Liverpool Hope University. He worked in accounting for The Virgin Group after leaving school, but went back into higher education to study Psychology and Criminology at the University of Lincoln. He completed the MSc in Investigative Psychology at Liverpool University and then a PhD at Bond University in Australia. Gareth is a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy and on the editorial board of the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Alongside teaching Forensic Psychology he delivers Quantitative Methods in the Graduate School.

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My main teaching interests are in the forensic/legal psychology fields and quantitative research methods.

Research interests

My two main research areas are: 1. Multi-media technology in forensic settings & in particular the use of animations in the courtroom;
2. The authoritarian personality & fear of crime - a recently completed project, funded by The British Academy, looking at the impact of social-psychological variables (authoritarianism) & perceptions of crime.

I have worked on a project in collaboration with IMPACT & the Prison Service examining issues relating to engaging offenders in employment & education following release from custody. Other areas of research include offender profiling&psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, including impulsivity/ADHD, including work with Ceredigion Youth Justice & Offending Service to develop a risk assessment screening tool.

I supervise a number of PG candidates in areas including the examination of rehabilitation in the Mexican prison system, the use of Restorative Approaches in schools and Police decision making at the scene of RTAs. I have a strong background in quantitative research methods & data analysis & would be happy to supervise in a range of areas relating to criminology, psychology & law.


  • Youth Justice Board. Development of Risk Assessment Tool (?9,600: May 2014-March 2015)
  • Strategic Insight Placement. Technology & Crime - Dyfed-Powys Police (?2250: May-August, 2014)
  • ESRC: Festival of Science (?500: July 2013)
  • Strategic Insight Placement. Interactive teaching multi-media - 360Fusion (?2250: May-July, 2012)
  • The British Academy: Fear of Crime as a Moderator of Authoritarian Attitudes (?2000: January 2008)
  • Joy Welch Educational Trust: Forensic Animation (?2000: September 2007)
  • Crime Solutions: Interactive Crime Scene Photography (?2000: March 2006)
  • IMPACT: Barriers to Resettlement for Disadvantaged Offenders (Circa ?65,000 - August 2005)
  • Centre for Applied Psychology & Criminology: Hate Crimes & the Internet ($2,000: August 2002)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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