Professor Hodgson has researched and written in the areas of criminal justice and comparative criminal justice with particular emphasis on defence rights, fair trials and miscarriages of justice, including the work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Much of her work draws upon her own externally funded empirical research. Her monograph French Criminal Justice (2005) was the first major empirical socio-legal account of the investigation and prosecution of crime in France. She has recently completed a large comparative empirical project examining the effectiveness of suspects' rights in four EU jurisdictions and their protection in EU criminal justice - Inside Police Custody (2014) and in 2015 an empirical study of the protection of juvenile suspects held for police questioning in five different EU Member States (Belgium, England & Wales, Italy, Netherlands & Poland). This was also funded by the European Commission.
Her earlier work includes Standing Accused (1994) (with McConville, Bridges and Pavlovic), the first major empirical study of the organisation and practices of criminal defence lawyers in Britian and the key reference point in this area, as well as a study of the right to silence during police interrogation (Custodial Legal Advice and The Right to Silence, 1993 with McConville) and a study of the ways in which the criminal process produces miscarriages of justice (Criminal Injustice: An Evaluation of the Criminal Justice Process in Britian, 2000, with Belloni). She completed a major study of the protection of suspects' rights in different European countries and co-edited the resulting collection (Suspects in Europe: Procedural Rights at the Investigative Stage of the Criminal Process in the European Union, 2007, with Cape, Prakken and Spronken) and a study of the investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences in France (2006). In 2009 (with Horne), she published a study commissioned by the Legal Services Commission, 'The extent and impact of legal representation on applications to the criminal cases review commission (CCRC)'
She has also held a Reinvention Centre Academic Fellowship. During this she directed a student research project exploring perspectives on criminal justice through film. During 2011 she worked with colleagues in computer science and psychology, researching issues around digital forensics and criminal justice.
She is currently researching the impact on public confidence in policing of a variety of preventive interventions together with West Mercia and Warwickshire police. The project is being carried out with Kim Wade, Neil Stewart and Edika Quispe Torreblanca in Psychology and Kevin Hearty in Law. It is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.
You can download some of her publications from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)