All our scientific staff and consultants are committed to advancing their field through high-quality research.  Qualified to masters level or above, they regularly publish academic and professional papers and present their findings to international conferences.

Research projects

We continue to forge the way ahead by collaborating with the University of York and other national and international partners.  Staff at J P French Associates are collaborating with academics from the University of York on two major research projects after being awarded funding of £892,000 from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and £843,895 from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  The project ‘Voice and Identity: source, filter, biometric’ will investigate the performance of a range of methods used in forensic speaker comparison; the project ‘The use and utility of localised speech forms in determining identity: forensic and sociophonetic perspectives’ explores how they respond to different regional accent varieties.  J P French Associates staff also teach, and carry out and supervise student research, at the University of York’s department of Language and Linguistic Science, which specialises in forensic speech science.  International partnerships include the Centre for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics at the University of Zurich, where we are affiliated partners.

Some of our recent and current projects include:

Academic activities

JPFA staff are centrally involved in the teaching and development of the world’s first postgraduate course and CPD course in forensic speech science in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York, which has been running since 2007.  Our staff also lecture and run courses on forensic speech and audio analysis at universities in the UK and abroad.