Director of Research, Reader in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies
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Dr Cooper is a Reader in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, the Director of Research in the School of Law, and a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority. She is also a Site Director for the Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Dr Cooper is an expert in the challenges that arise when legal systems and actors interact with scientific expertise and uncertainty, with her published research being cited widely by scholars, judges, lawyers, and treatises. She has an interdisciplinary mixed methods research portfolio, which presently includes collaborations with practicing lawyers (compassionate release/medical parole); psychologists (juror certainty and expert testimony); and health care professionals (Fitness to Practice tribunal simulations). Her doctoral supervision includes candidates researching how legal systems address vaccine science, neuroscience, agency science, and medical diagnoses.
Dr Cooper holds/has held Visiting Scholar positions at the at the Arizona Justice Project, Amicus, Arizona State University, and the Law Library of Congress. In 2020, she will be a Visiting Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York, and in 2021 she will be a Visiting Fellow at City University Hong Kong. Dr Cooper has been a peer reviewer for the British Academy, National Science Foundation, and International Journal of Criminal Law and Evidence. She has received funding grants to support her research from the BCU STEAM and Small Development Grant Funds, Leverhulme Trust and British Academy and the Community University Partnership Initiative/AHRC.