team

Helena Machado
Principal investigator

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Helena Machado specializes in the ethical and sociological challenges emerging from the uses of genetics in contemporary modes of governance of criminality. She is the author (with Barbara Prainsack) of Tracing Technologies: Prisoners’ Views in the Era of CSI (Ashgate, 2012), a work that discusses how convicted offenders understand crime scene technologies and large police databases. She has also written extensively about public attitudes toward forensic genetic technologies. Her current research critically engages STS, bioethics, sociological and criminological perspectives to explore the collective identities and geopolitics emerging from the transnational sharing of DNA data in the EU.

Ana Monteiro
Science and technology manager

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Ana Francisca is Science and Technology Manager for the Exchange project. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the project. She has expertise in financial matters and communications strategy. Her background is in Communication Sciences and Child Studies.

 

Rafaela Granja
Post-doctoral researcher

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Rafaela Granja’s current research explores the interconnections between family, genetics, technology and crime. Her research goal is to understand how familial searching is being framed in different EU countries. In particular, she seeks to analyse the biosocial implications of integrating biological traces in a socio-technical network that materialises genetic associations between individuals. Issues such as the ‘geneticisation’ of social bonds, the consolidation of links between family and criminality and the exacerbation of social inequalities are her main focus.

Nina Amelung
Post-doctoral researcher

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Nina Amelung’s current research investigates the democratic challenges of cross-border biometric data-exchange. Her interest lies in public controversies and public involvement related to forensic DNA technologies across the European Union. In particular, she focuses on how controversies evolve and are shaped in different countries. Furthermore, she explores the making of ‘silenced publics’ in European crime and border control regimes which use DNA or fingerprint data.

Sheila Khan
Post-doctoral researcher

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Sheila Khan is a sociologist who has published on colonial and postcolonial political, historical and social narratives between Portugal and Mozambique from an interdisciplinary approach. Her current research focus is inspired by the following motifs: to understand how the transnational sharing of DNA data and forensic genetic technologies may interfere with the social and political construction of citizenship, democracy and security regarding the presence of the Other as the post-colonial immigrant and as the illegal immigrant; and to critically explore if collective memory of former colonial countries (The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Portugal) may influence the debates on civic consciousness and human rights with regard to the use of DNA data for social control and surveillance.

Filipa Queirós
Junior researcher

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Filipa Queirós is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Coimbra. Her work explores the conceptions of the body that emerge from the development of recent forensic DNA technologies. In particular, she investigates phenotypical inference and its developments and impact in the forensic field, not only within the context of cross-border criminal investigation, but also with regards to new forms of human identity related to suspect population and, broadly, to transnational suspects.

Marta Martins
Junior researcher

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Marta Martins is a Ph.D. student in the program of Sociology at University of Minho. Focusing on discourse analysis of forensic geneticists and the media portraits and approaches, her research is based on the study of transnational criminal cases for which genetic data was used under the Prüm Decisions.

 

Sara Matos
Junior researcher

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Sara Matos is currently enrolled in the PhD program of Sociology at University of Minho.Her research explores issues related to the protection of genetic data in the cross-border exchange of DNA profiles. In particular, she maps the regulatory regime for data protection in the EU with a specific comparative focus at the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the UK.

 

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