Joanne Morrissey

Course Leader Crime and Investigative Studies

Senior Lecturer

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

Joanne is the course leader for Crime and Investigative Studies. She has 23 years of practitioner experience working for law enforcement in the UK and the US and has been an academic for more than 5 years.


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 in London for 17 years. 

Research interests

  • Partnership working
  • Policing
  • Fire Investigation
  • Pedagogy
  • Drug facilitated sexual assault
  • Enterprise Education
  • Fingerprint Comparison

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
Module leader for Major Investigations
Module leader for Crime Scene Analysis
Module Leader for Investigative Skills
Contributes to Scene and Laboratory Investigation and Introduction to Fire Investigation

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Contributes to Scene and Laboratory Investigation and 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 Higher Education Academy

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, 2018
RIDO Summer Studentship – Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
Vice Chancellor research Studentship – Liverpool John Moores University, 2016

Selected recent publications

Christofidis,G. Morrissey, J. and Birkett, Jason. W., 2018. Detection of Fingermarks—Applicability to Metallic Surfaces: A Literature Review. Journal of Forensic Sciences, March 2018.

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

Morrissey, J. Larrosa, J. and Birkett, Jason. W., 2017. A preliminary Evaluation of the Use of Gun Blueing to Enhance Friction Ridge Detail on Cartridge Casings. Journal of Forensic Identification, 67(3), 2017, pp313-322.

Recent presentations and conferences

FIT-IN (Forensic Science, Investigation, Technology – Information network) Research symposium, (in collaboration with the Chartered Society for Forensic Science) Birmingham June 11th 2018

Academia/Industry fingerprint meeting, University of Leicester - 5th July 2018

European Division of International Association for Identification. Interpol Lyon, 2016.

International Enterprise Educators Conference. Liverpool, 2016.