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Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs

BA (Bucharest) MPhil (Exeter) PhD (Exeter)

Senior Lecturer

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I am a qualitative sociologist whose current work examines the development and application of digital forensics in crime investigation in England and Wales. In recent years I have been interested in discourses and practices of professionalisation in relation to scientific and technical innovation and organisational change. Previous projects analysed (1) how crime scene investigators reflect on the use of Rapid DNA technologies in volume crime, and (2) the ways in which clinician-scientists working in stem cell research for heart repair make sense of regulation. This focus on careers, trajectories and shifts (broadly defined), stems from my PhD thesis, which explored the material and symbolic resources mobilised by women in the staging of intimate encounters, and became crystallised through early post-doctoral projects on gender, class and ethical consumption, and marginalised professional identities.

Funding:

September 2018 - August 2021 Principal Investigator (Co-Investigators: Brian Rappert and Sabina Leonelli) ESRC Open Call Award. Title: Understanding the Use of Digital Forensics in Policing in England and Wales: An Ethnographic Analysis of Current Practices and Professional Dynamics  Total value of award: £445,045

September 2017- August 2019 British Academy Small Grant Award. Title: Digital Forensics in UK Policing: An Ethnographic Investigation of a Rapidly-Developing Forensic Domain  Total value of award: £9999

January 2017-July 2017 Innovation, Impact and Business Link Award. University of Exeter. Title: Triage in Digital Forensics Total value of award: £1448
 

Research group links

Research interests

  • Digital Forensics
  • Crime Investigation
  • Professions and work
  • Occupational cultures
  • Organisational change in policing
  • Standards and accreditation
  • Gender and sexuality
     

Research supervision

  • The governance and application of forensics
  • Forensic, policing and other occupational cultures
  • Crime Investigation
  • Class, gender and sexuality
  • Professions and work

Research students

Current

Elena Sharratt (first supervisor Susan Kelly) Title: Devotees, Pretenders Wannabes. Started September 2016.

Luvdhy Wahyu Sarwo Edy (second supervisor Tia DeNora) Title: Creative Industries as Cultural Manufactures of the Nation-State: Ordinary Imagining in Post-Reformasi Indonesian Film and Fashion. Started September 2016. 

Past

Sigrun Einarsdottir (first supervisor Tia DeNora) Title: Bach in Everyday Life and the Performance of ‘Art Music’- The case of the Croydon Bach choir in London performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor. PhD awarded October 2012.

Louise Bezuidenhout (first supervisor Brian Rappert) Wellcome Trust-funded. Topic: Dual-use issues in life sciences. PhD awarded July 2013.

Victoria Coven (first supervisor Susan Kelly) Topic: In vitro fertilisation and multiple births: international context and policy consideration. MPhil awarded January 2015.

David Wyatt (first supervisor Christine Hauskeller) ESRC-funded. Topic: How DNA matters: An ethnographic investigation of police practices. PhD awarded July 2015.

Rita Alberto (first supervisor Tia DeNora) Topic: Portuguese Women Rockers - identity, networks and the care of self. PhD awarded April 2018.
 

 

Other information

Member of Editorial Boards:

Sociological Research Online (2011-2015)

Work, Employment and Society (2016-2018)

MAiA (Music and Arts in Action) (2012-present)