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Dr Sophie Carr

Head of Department

Department: Applied Sciences

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Sophie is Associate Head of Department for Applied Sciences and lectures on forensic science and evidence. Prior to joining Northumbria University she was a Senior Forensic Scientist with the Forensic Science Service (FSS). Her role was that of a scene attending scientist with expertise in the analysis and interpretation of body fluids and DNA, including blood pattern analysis. The majority of her daily caseload involved the investigation of sexual, violent and major crimes from assaults to undetected murders.  During that time she amassed nine years experience providing statements and expert witness evidence for criminal investigations at crown court.  During the latter part of her career at the FSS she managed two forensic teams, specialising in violent crime and sexual offence investigation.

Since arriving at Northumbria University, Sophie has led the BSc Forensic Science programme before taking on the post of Programme Director for the Chemistry and Forensic Science, overseeing the quality and direction of provision. In her current post, Sophie assists with the management and leadership of the research, teaching and staff in the Department of Applied Sciences – which covers a range of scientific disciplines.

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  • Demonstrating reliability through transparency: a scientific validity framework to assist scientists and lawyers in criminal proceedings, Carr, S., Piasecki, E., Gallop, A. 1 Mar 2020
  • Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and Forensic Science, Wilson, T., Carr, S. 4 Feb 2019, Brexit and Internal Security, UK, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Clarifying the ‘reliability’ continuum and testing its limits: biometric (fingerprint and DNA) expert evidence, Carr, S., Gallop, A., Piasecki, E., Tully, G., Wilson, T. 30 Nov 2018, Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Demonstrating Reliability and Directing Scrutiny: a framework to assist scientists and lawyers, Piasecki, E., Carr, S., Tully, G., Gallop, A. 30 Aug 2018, 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference
  • Duties of the Expert Witness: R v Pabon [2018] EWCA Crim 420, Carr, S., Piasecki, E. 1 Apr 2018, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Science Friction: Streamlined Forensic Reporting, Reliability and Justice, Edmond, G., Carr, S., Piasecki, E. 1 Dec 2018, In: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
  • Opening the Scientific Experts Black Box: ‘Critical Trust’ as a Reformative Principle in Criminal Evidence, Carr, S., Piasecki, E., Tully, G., Wilson, T. Oct 2016, In: The Journal of Criminal Law
  • Written evidence from the NCECJS to the HoC Justice Committee: implications of Brexit for justice, Wilson, T., Stockdale, M., Jackson, A., Carr, S., Davies, G., Johnson, D., Piasecki, E. 29 Nov 2016
  • Fingerprint evidence- The Scottish Fingerprint Inquiry's ramifications for England and Wales -Part 1, Stockdale, M., Wortley, N., Carr, S. 28 Jan 2012, In: Criminal Law and Justice Weekly
  • Fingerprint evidence-The Scottish Fingerprint Inquiry's ramifications for England and Wales - Part 2, Stockdale, M., Wortley, N., Carr, S. Feb 2012, In: Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Susan Carney-Gannon A qualitative review of attitudes and practices pertinent to Streamlined Forensic Reporting in the context of admissibility in a criminal trial, with a view to developing intelligible approaches to reporting forensic science findings Start Date: 01/10/2021

  • Science MSc September 01 1997
  • Applied Biology BSc (Hons) September 01 1993
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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