Dr Nicci MacLeod is available for forensic linguistic consultancy and casework in the areas of authorship analysis, sociolinguistic profiling, forensic discourse analysis, and ascertaining meaning in forensic contexts.  

Dr MacLeod completed her PhD in 2010 at Aston University on the topic of the language of police interviews with women reporting rape. She holds an MA (Distinction) in Forensic Linguistics from Cardiff University, where she was also awarded the Dell Hymes Commendation for Sociolinguistics.  She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL), the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), and the  International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is also registered on the National Crime Agency’s Specialist Operations Expert Advisers Database.

Dr MacLeod has provided expert forensic linguistic reports to several police forces, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as well as to solicitors and private clients in criminal and civil cases. She has appeared as an expert witness in the Crown Court of England & Wales and both the Sheriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.

Assuming Identities Online

Assuming Identities Online: Description, Development and Ethical Implications was a two year ESRC- funded collaborative project which examined the relationship between linguistic style and online identity performance. It built on previous work in the classification of online conversations relevant to prosecutions for child abuse activity online, and systematically identified the ethical risks of using this for investigation, arrest and prosecution.

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Dr Nicci MacLeod,Forensic Linguist

GDip Law, University of Law

PhD Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

MA (Distinction) Forensic Linguistics, Cardiff University

BA(Hons) English Language, Bangor University

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