What is the future of research in the study of wrongful convictions?

Dr Rachel Dioso-Villa1,2

1Griffith University, Mt Gravatt, Australia,

2Griffith Criminology Institute, Mt Gravatt, Australia

There are documented cases of wrongful conviction dating as far back as a century ago, though research into wrongful convictions has only taken hold in the academic literature in the last few decades. As a relatively adolescent area of study in criminology, this paper uses systematic quantitative bibliographic methods to trace the origins of this research area and recent trends to map trajectory of the field. By investigating the field’s interdisciplinary and geographic roots, it allows for the critical examination of past and current research to identify gaps in the literature and potential avenues to (re)direct future research.


Dr. Dioso-Villa is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and a member of the Griffith Criminology Institute. Her research investigates wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in Australia and the sociology of forensic science in the admissibility and evaluation of forensic expert testimony. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Law and Policy, Law Probability and Risk and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. She has been on ABC Radio National and the Law Report and has received awards from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the American Society of Criminology and the Canadian Foundation of University Women.


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