Dr Samantha Lundrigan

Director of the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Criminology

Sam is interested in the interface between psychology and crime, and how psychology may be applied to the understanding and investigation of stranger sexual crime.

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Sam joined Anglia Ruskin in January 2009 from the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Until 2005, she was employed as a lecturer at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Wellington in New Zealand. There she taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology and forensic psychology.

As well as teaching, Sam has also conducted a range of research projects into geographic profiling systems, the spatial behaviour of serial rapists and the behavioural consistency of serial offenders. She has worked closely with police and provided offender and geographic profiles on a series of serious crime investigations. She also provided regular training to police officers in the area of environmental criminology and investigative psychology.

Research interests

  • Offender profiling
  • Male sexual violation
  • Geographic profiling
  • Jury decision making
  • Rape

Areas of research supervision

Current PhD topics:
  • Speaking of justice: a critical evaluation of processes that led women to speak about sexual victimisation and rape, where they directed them and how their expectations were met
  • The socio-cultural context of rape: a narrative analysis of convicted rapists in New Delhi
  • A study of prisoners convicted of violent offences in Pakistan


  • PhD Psychology, Thesis title Spatial Patterns in Serial Murder: A Conceptual Model of Disposal Site Location Choice, University of Liverpool, School of Psychology, 1998
  • MSc Investigative Psychology, University of Surrey, Department of Psychology, 1994
  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of Portsmouth, Department of Geography, 1992

Memberships, editorial boards

  • International Academy of Investigative Psychology
  • European Association of Psychology and Law
  • Male Sexual Violation Research Network

Selected recent publications

Lundrigan, S., 2013. Victim Gender, Number of Perpetrators, and Interpersonal Interaction in Stranger Rape: An Analysis of Direct and Moderator Effects. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 11, 95-114. doi: 10.1002/jip.1408.

Lundrigan, S., Dhami, M.K. and Mueller-Johnson, K., 2013. Predicting verdicts using pre-trial attitudes and standards of proof. Legal and Criminological Psychology, Online first. doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12043.