Joanne Morrissey

Director of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Forensic science and crime , Education and teaching , Enterprise

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Crime and Investigative Studies, Forensic Science

Joanne is the Director of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment for the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She is a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE and an ARU Associate teaching fellow. She has 23 years of practitioner experience working for law enforcement in the UK and the US and has been an academic since 2013.


Joanne joined ARU as a Senior Lecturer in July 2017 having previously been a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Forensic Science at Liverpool John Moores University.

Joanne worked as the Forensic Manager for a Police Department in the United States for more than 5 years and was a Senior Forensic Practitioner with the Metropolitan Police Service in London for 17 years.

Research interests

  • Partnership working
  • Evidence-based Policing
  • Fire Investigation
  • Pedagogy and Learning and Teaching
  • Drug facilitated sexual assault
  • Enterprise Education

Areas of research supervision

  • Fire Investigation
  • Fingermark development and comparison
  • Investigation
  • Evidence based Policing
  • Sexual Assault
  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault


BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
Module leader for Evidence-Based Policing
Contributes to Introduction to Fire Investigation

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Contributes to Advanced Fire and Explosions

MSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Module Leader for Evidence Collection and Management


  • MSc Fire Investigation - Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Fellow of the Advance HE 

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Board of Directors - European Division of International Association for Identification

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Learning and teaching project award – Anglia Ruskin University, 2019
Learning and teaching project award – Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
RIDO Summer Studentship – Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
Vice Chancellor research Studentship – Liverpool John Moores University, 2016

Selected recent publications

Pollitt, J. Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2020. Vacuum metal deposition enhancement of friction ridge detail on ballistic materials. Forensic science international. [Online] 316110551–110551. December 2020

Hall, S. Blackburn, K and Morrissey, J. 2020. Exploring the flammability of emollients and skincare products. Fire magazine. November 2020.

Hall, S. Blackburn, K and Morrissey, J. 2020. The awareness of emollient flammability and current research. Fire Protection International Fire Professional, The Journal of the Institute of Fire Engineers. May 2020.

Parrott, E, Panter, H. Morrissey, J. and Bezombes, F. A. 2019. Low Cost Approach to Disturbed Soil Detection Using Low Altitude Digital Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Drones. June 2019.

Davies C, Gautam L, Grela A, Morrissey J. 2020. Variability associated with interpreting drugs within forensic hair analysis: A three-stage interpretation. J Appl Toxicol. June 2020;1–21.

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2019. A preliminary study on vacuum metal deposition as a standalone method for enhancement of fingermarks on ballistic brass materials. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 64 (1), pp.

Hall, S. and Morrissey, J. 2019 . Medical skin creams could be a lethal fire risk when soaked into fabric – here’s what you need to know. The Conversation August 9th, 2019

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2019. Using Gun Blue to Enhance Fingermark Ridge Detail on Ballistic Brass. Journal of Forensic Identification, 69(4), pp.431–449.

Hall, S. Franklin, L. Bull, J. Beard, A. Phillips, G. and Morrissey, J. 2019. The flammability of textiles when contaminated with paraffin base products. Fire Safety Journal, 104, pp.109–116.

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2018. Detection of Fingermarks—Applicability to Metallic Surfaces: A Literature Review. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 63(6), pp.1616–1627.

Morrissey, J., Larrosa, J. & Birkett, J., 2017. A Preliminary Evaluation of the Use of Gun Bluing to Enhance Friction Ridge Detail on Cartridge Casings. Journal of Forensic Identification, 67(3), pp.313–322.

Morrissey, J., 2017. The student journey: time to make it personal. Innovations in Practice, 11(1), pp9-11.

Recent presentations and conferences

Morrissey, J and Baldry, M. Embedding Enterprise Education into a science curriculum. - International Enterprise Education Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Sept 2019. (Peer reviewed)

Morrissey, J., Styles, I., Maxwell, S., and Baldry, M. Embedding Enterprise Education into a science curriculum – Anglia Ruskin University Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2019.

Hall, S. and Morrissey, J. “The fire hazard associated with fabrics contaminated with skin care products” 16th annual training conference and AGM UK Association of Fire Investigators; A fatal fire investigation master class, Leeds, UK, January 2019.

FIT-IN (Forensic Science, Investigation, Technology – Information network) Research symposium, (in collaboration with the Chartered Society for Forensic Science) Birmingham June 11th 2018 Morrissey, J. The Use of Gun Blue to enhance Friction ridge detail on cartridge casings. International Association for Identification European Division Conference, Interpol, Lyon, October 2016. (Peer reviewed).

Morrissey, J. How do we develop Enterprise Skills in Forensic Science Students? International Enterprise Educators Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, September 2016

Media experience

‘Reducing the Fire Risk from Emollient-Impregnated Fabrics.

  • Radio 5 live interview
  • BBC Look East news interview
  • ITV Anglia news interview