Naomi-Ellen is currently an ESRC and Presidents' Doctoral Scholarship-funded PhD candidate at the University of Manchester. Her thesis falls between law and criminology, looking at how claims of wrongful conviction in historic sexual abuse cases are investigated by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Innocence Projects, campaigners and lawyers.
Prior to this she was module co-ordinator for Forensic Psychology and Criminological Psychology, lecturing at the University of Winchester.
She also worked as lead researcher at the University of Oxford on a project leading to the 2016 report, ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust: Victims' Voices’. The study combined written accounts, interviews and focus group data to collect new narrative material about the effects of false allegations of abuse.
Before this she worked as a research assistant at the University of Cambridge on an interdisciplinary ESRC Impact grant project, assessing how 'security anxiety' and policing practices impact upon young people's rights and social perceptions. She also provided research assistance on the Leverhulme and Fell fund study, ‘Last Resorts: Decisions and Discretion at the Criminal Cases Review Commission’, at the University of Oxford, and managed an Innocence Project at the University of Leeds during her Masters degree.
Naomi-Ellen also writes for the Justice Gap (see http://thejusticegap.com/author/naomi-ellen-speechley/).