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Professor Graham Pike

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Forensic Cognition
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology & Counselling
  • Psychology
  • graham.pike

Professional biography

I am Professor of Forensic Cognition at The Open University. Below are a selection of professional links and affiliations:

  • Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society
  • Associate Director (Research) of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning
  • Member of the European Association of Psychology and Law
  • Member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition

Research interests

I research in forensic psychology (mostly on eyewitness identification) and applied cognition (mostly in face perception). I have a particular interest in developing technology, policy and procedures designed to improve police investigations. Much of my current research is conducted as part of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning, which is a collaboration between The Open University and 21 UK Police Forces and Agencies.

I am also a founding member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), and part of the Forensic Psychology Research Group where I work closely with Gemma Briggs, Lee CurleyGini Harrison, Trina Havard, Helen Kaye, Hayley Ness, Ailsa Strathie, Jim Turner and Zoe Walkington.

Teaching interests

Since coming to the university in 2000, I have worked on a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Recently this has included designing and directing the following qualifications:

as well as supporting the development of the following degrees:


and MOOCs:

Research Activity

Externally funded projects

Citizen Forensics

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Sep/201831/Aug/2021EPSRC EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
The Citizen Forensics project reframes key challenges that underlie modern policing in a socio-technical world; a world instrumented with mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies, in which many citizens and communities live, work and play, but which must also manage threats to their wellbeing and their rights. The project aims to support a new engagement between authorities (such as the police) and communities of citizens in order to better investigate (and in the long term reduce) potential or actual threats to citizen security, safety, and privacy. This includes both empowering the police by opening up new ways of citizens providing data in ways that protect privacy and anonymity, and empowering citizens by using these new technologies to also hold the police to account. We will be harnessing many of the so-called Internet of Things, Smart City and Smart Home technologies to encourage and allow citizens to help the police collect and analyse disparate data to improve public safety at both local and ultimately national levels. This multidisciplinary investigation draws upon expertise in computing, policing, psychology and organisational theory. For more information, see

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