Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre

Project Items

ESRC Research ‘Seminar series on genetics, technology, security and justice. Crossing, contesting and comparing boundaries’

A team of six social scientists from NorthumbriaNewcastle and Durham Universities have been awarded a prestigious ESRC Research Seminars grant to run a series of six events between 2015 and 2017 on genetics at the interface of security, justice and health.

Led by Dr Matthias Wienroth (Northumbria University and Visiting Researcher at PEALS) the series' focus on forensic genetics contributes to the ESRC's Biosocial strategic priority area and has been described by the Council's review panel as 'interesting, innovative and exciting'.

Each seminar will critically examine aspects of the potential and actual contributions of forensic genetics to the production of security and justice in the UK and other contemporary European societies.

Seminar series

Seminar 1 - Genetics and crime. Contested boundaries, benefits and risks 2 December 2015

Seminar 2 - Comparing stakeholder discourses about genetic technologies March 2016

Seminar 3 - Comparing criminal investigations & DVI across European borders June 2016

Seminar 4 - Comparing forensic and medical genetic technologies November 2016

Seminar 5 - Genetics, citizenship and social identities March 2017

Seminar 6 - National building and forensic science June 2017


Dr Matthias Wienroth - matthias.wienroth@ncl.ac.uk

Prof Robin Williams - robin.williams@northumbria.ac.uk

Prof Erica Haimes - erica.haimes@ncl.ac.uk

Prof Jackie Leach Scully - jackie.scully@ncl.ac.uk 

Dr Christopher Lawless - c.j.lawless@durham.ac.uk

Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin - ernesto.schwartz-marin@durham.ac.uk