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.

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.

 

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.

 

Alícia Wiedemann
Junior researcher

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Alícia Wiedemann is currently enrolled in the Master Program of Crime, Difference and Inequality at University of Minho. Her research explores how the press circulates cultural messages which articulate migrant populations with criminality. Through discursive analysis, she studies in particular the European context.

Laura Neiva
Junior Researcher

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Laura Neiva has a degree in Criminology from the Faculty of Law of University of Porto. She is currently enrolled in the Master Program of Crime, Difference and Inequality at University of Minho. Her research explores issues the expectations around Big Data applied to transnational public safety and policing. Specifically, she focuses on the perceptions of professionals of transnational policing cooperation, along with the discourses circulated by newspapers. Her work aims to identify expectations and debates around Big Data as a potential method to guide and influence criminal justice, police and law enforcement practices and actions.

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Professor of Anthropology of Science at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam. She is the founding chair of the European Network for the Social Studies of Forensics (EUnetSSF). In December 2013, she was awarded an ERC consolidator grant for her most recent research project “Race Matter: On the Absent Presence of Race in Forensic Identification" (RaceFaceID).
Political scientist and Professor of Sociology at the Department of Social Science, Health, and Medicine at King's College London. She is a member of the UK National DNA Database Ethics Group and of the Austrian National Bioethics Council. She is also Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at St Thomas’ Hospital, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Full Professor at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University of Cologne, where he is Head of the Division of Forensic Molecular Genetics. Since 2012, he is coordinator of the EU-funded 7th framework project "European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence – EUROFORGEN-NoE", which aims at establishing a European research infrastructure in forensic genetics.
Professor of Forensic Science Studies in the Centre for Forensic Science at Northumbria University, Professor Emeritus in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, and a Visiting Professor in the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University. He is the Northumbria University lead investigator in the FP7 funded EUROFORGEN-NoE.
Manager of the Dutch Forensic DNA database (www.DNAsporen.nl). Leader of the Working Group on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX), nominated by the Council of the European Union. Netherlands Forensic Institute (NH). Former member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (October 2015 to July 2017)”