Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Social Sciences

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Liz Stokoe july-16

Professor Elizabeth Stokoe

Professor of Social Interaction - Associate Dean for Research for the SSPGS
BSc Central Lancashire, PhD Leicester, C.Psychol.

Tel: +44 (0)1509 223360

Location: U3:19B


I graduated from University of Central Lancashire (Preston Poly) in 1993 with a traditional psychology degree. Then I completed three years PhD research at Nene College (Leicester University) with Dr Eunice Fisher. I videoed interaction in university tutorials, and conducted conversation analyses of topic production, topic management, academic identity, and the relevance of gender. I developed these and other interests whilst working at the Institute of Behavioural Sciences (University of Derby, 1997-2000) and University College Worcester (2000-2002). I joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough in October 2002 and was promoted to Reader (2007) and Chair (2009). I teach forensic psychology on the BSc Social Psychology programme, as well as to Criminology and other Loughborough Psychology students.

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My research interests are in social interaction: conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis of interaction in a variety of contexts including healthcare settings, police interviews and hostage negotiation, mediation, dating, education, commercial sales encounters, and communication training. Some of my research underpins the 'Conversation Analytic Role-play Method', a technique for communication training that I have developed www.carmtraining.org. I have run hundreds of workshops with service providers of different kinds. CARM won Loughborough University's Social Enterprise award (2013). I also won a British Psychological Society mid-career award in 2011.  I was an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and Co-Editor of Gender and Language (2011-2014), and am the founding Editor of Mediation Theory and Practice. My research and biography was the subject of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Life Scientific’. I have given talks at TEDx (2014), the Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse (2015; 2016), at Latitude Festival 2016 on the Wellcome Trust/British Psychological Society stage, and at New Scientist Live (2016). CARM won a WIRED Innovation Fellowship in 2015.


I teach forensic psychology on the BSc Social Psychology programme as well as to Criminology and other Loughborough Psychology students. I was nominated by students for ‘Lecturer of the Year’ in 2013.

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Department of Social Sciences
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

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