Dian Muniroh

Dian's research focus is on adapting the best witness interviewing model to the Indonesian policing context.

R. Dian Dia-an Muniroh is a final year PhD student in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, sponsored by the Australia Awards Scholarships (2015-2019). Her research investigates adaptation of the Cognitive Interviewing (CI) technique in the Indonesian policing context. CI has been a benchmark for witness interviewing techniques throughout the world due to its empirical basis and viability on enhancing memory recall. However, prior studies have not considered the impact of language on the functioning of CI and the legal environment of CI. If CI is to supplant the interviewing practices in a place like Indonesia, it must operate in a vastly different language and legal setting to those of the English language CI. Therefore, the primary aim of her study was to explore how well the CI can work in the Indonesian policing contexts. She is an active member of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL) and the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (IIIRG). She has been a linguistics lecturer in the Language and Literature Study Program in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia since 2005. At the moment, she is the only linguist in Indonesia who works closely with police investigators at the Criminal Investigation Department of the Republic of Indonesia Police Headquarters with regard to Investigative Interviewing. She has actively engaged in developing an Investigative Interviewing course after it was introduced to Indonesian police investigators in 2014 by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR). Follow-up research to document the development in Indonesia will be conducted in cooperation with NCHR.

Expert commentary on...

Forensic linguistics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics.