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Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs

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


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Telephone: 01392 722683

Senior Lecturer

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.


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  £445,075

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

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