Eleni Vazakidou

Eleni VazadikouBiography

Having graduated from School of Law, Faculty of Law, Economic and Political Sciences, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki (Greece) with a BA in Law, Eleni completed an MSc in Clinical Criminology in 2012 in the University of Leicester. Currently, she is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Smith and Dr. Rob Mawby (with a full-funded University of Leicester studentship). Concurrently, she carries out marking and assists in teaching to the School'scampus-based programmes.

Eleni is a qualified lawyer, member of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Eleni’s research interests include: the CSI effect, forensic investigation and forensic evidence, victims’ satisfaction, burglary, expectancy disconfirmation theory, offender profiling, research methods.

PhD Research

‘Exploring Victim Satisfaction with Police Using an Expectancy Disconfirmation Paradigm’

The aim of this research is to investigate the attitudes or beliefs of burglary victims about forensic evidence and how these can influence their satisfaction with the police response to their crime. Forensic evidence is increasingly used during investigations. At the same time society is increasingly aware of the use of such evidence mainly due to the popularity of forensic fiction. Nevertheless, media portrayals of forensic evidence and science do not correspond with the reality. Previous research on jurors demonstrated that they hold unrealistic perceptions and expectations about forensic evidence. Similarly, it is possible that victims as members of public can hold high or unrealistic expectations for the recovery of forensic evidence from the crime scene. Consequently, based on expectancy disconfirmation theory they can be dissatisfied with the police in case of lack of (specific) evidence. How victims perceive forensic evidence and how this could affect their satisfaction with the police have not been examined by previous studies. Along with victims’ perceptions of forensic evidence, this study will examine other factors that may affect victims’ satisfaction i.e. victims expectations, disconfirmation of these expectations and police performance. To address this topic, both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be employed.

Conference Presentations

‘The CSI Effect and Victims’ Expectations and Satisfaction; The Crime Scene Officer Perspective’ (paper presentation); the Postgraduate Research Symposium organised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in Manchester, 5/11/2015.

‘The CSI Effect and Victims’ Expectations and Satisfaction; The Crime Scene Officer Perspective’ (poster presentation); the annual PG British Society of Criminology conference ‘Criminology, voyages of critical discovery’ in Plymouth (30/6-1/7/2015) and  the Postgraduate Festival organised by the University of Leicester on 6/7/2015.

‘Exploring Victims’ Satisfaction with the police, using an Expectancy Disconfirmation Paradigm (poster presentation); The Annual Conference of the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) ‘Actual problems of Psychology and Law. Victims and witnesses: from research to effective practice’ in St Petersburg, 24/6- 27/6/2014.

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