Understanding the Use of Digital Forensics in the Investigation and Prosecution of Major Crime Offences in England and Wales.
USW is part of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Social Policy, a University Alliance initiative which aims to deliver a new approach to postgraduate research opportunities. It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities, offering fully funded postgraduate programmes which deliver excellent research with real world impact, an expert network of support and potential employment opportunities for researchers. Students will be based at USW and there will be opportunities for the candidate to share and engage with other PhD students and researchers in one of the biggest DTA programmes in the UK.
The student will receive comprehensive training in not only the area of the project but also will acquire practical innovation and entrepreneurial expertise. This will include attendance at the DTA Training Schools and access to a bespoke ‘elective programme’ hosted across the network of universities. You will be provided with excellent training and supported in your development as an independent researcher.
Project details An original, ethnographic study is proposed to examine how Digital Forensic (DF) knowledge and practice contributes to the detection and prosecution of major crime. Specifically, the study would aim to discover how digital forensics (DF) (e.g. photographs, videos or GPS data from smartphones, tablets or sat navs) are used when investigating and prosecuting major crimes, including homicide and sexual assaults. The use of DF by the CJS is increasing as are concerns about the use of DF. To date, there is little research on the shift in the use of this evidence and the context of its use. This study aims to fill this gap, through in-depth observations, interviews and the study of documents, to understand how exactly DF is being used, challenges to its use and whether it is being used appropriately and effectively.
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Fiona Brookman [Email Address Removed]
Eligibility criteria The successful candidate will hold a first class or upper second class degree in criminology, sociology, law, forensic sciences or a closely allied social science discipline. Ideally, the candidate will also hold a Master’s degree in one of the aforementioned disciplines.
Experience of working successfully with police or other professional practitioners within the criminal justice system will be advantageous. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent writing and communication skills.
Applications To apply please visit: https://gradschool.southwales.ac.uk/thinking-applying/
A research proposal is not required for this studentship.
Please select MPhil/PhD (Social Policy/Criminology) when applying and clearly state on your application that you are applying for a DTA Social Policy Studentship.
For further information on the process, please contact Ms Llinos Spargo in the Graduate School [Email Address Removed]
Closing date: Friday 19th July 2019. Interviews: during July/August (date TBC). Start date: 1st October 2019.
The successful applicant will receive a tax-free bursary of £14,777 per annum, tuition fees paid (at the Home/EU rate) and £1500 per year for travel and subsistence to enable interaction between collaborating organisations.