Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies


Fabio Ferraz de Almeida B.A. in Law (UFJF, Brazil), M.A. in Law (PUC-Rio, Brazil)

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Research Student

I am a PhD student in Social Sciences Department since October 2014, sponsored by CAPES Foundation (Ministry of Education of Brazil) and supervised by Prof. Paul Drew. Prior to coming to Loughborough, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Law, in 2009 (UFJF, Brazil) and my master’s degree in Law, in 2013 (PUC-Rio). Furthermore, I worked both as a teaching and a research assistant in FGV-Rio Law School, from 2012 to 2014.

I am currently examining police interviews with suspects in the UK. My research focuses on three particular aspects of police-suspects interactions:

1)     How suspect’s stories or narratives are co-produced, i.e. negotiated, evaluated and transformed in order to gain legal relevance – especially in terms of legal concepts such as intentionality, culpability, aggravating and mitigating circumstances, etc.?

2)     How that co-production involves different sorts of knowledge, especially common sense knowledge, and how are they deployed?

3)     Which are the questioning techniques used by police officers to produce that legal informed material?

My main research interests are related to the following topics and areas:

criminal courts; police interviews; language in legal settings; ethnomethodology; conversation analysis; sociology of law