Dr. Anika Ludwig
Anika joined NUCFS between 2011-2013 as a Research Associate after completing her PhD in Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde. Her research focused on the effective use of forensic science in the investigation of volume crimes in Scotland, where she worked in collaboration with Scottish police forces, the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Forensic Services and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Anika’s PhD research was the first review of the use of forensic science in Scotland and was funded by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR).
Anika’s research interests included the role and use of forensic science and forensic intelligence databases, the utility of forensic science in the criminal justice process, the attrition of forensic science in investigations, and the use of forensic evidence and intelligence by police. Anika is interested in understanding how barriers to the effective use of forensic science in crime investigations impact the Criminal Justice System. She plans to continue her research into the efficacy of forensic science and to focus on the notional differences of ‘value’ of forensic science between individuals involved in investigations.
Anika has went on to work as part of a project funded by the E.U. “Prevention of and Fight against Crime” programme, PIES: the Prüm Implementation, Evaluation and Strengthening of Forensic DNA data exchange. This will carry out a strategic analysis of the benefit of the Prüm DNA exchange. This activity concerned of the spatial mapping of Prüm DNA hits in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, thereby offering a DNA-based snapshot of transnational offending. The geographical distribution of important transnational crime was analysed against socio-economic and political factors as well as the general criminogenic environment to inform recommendations about how the strengthening of Prüm can better prevent, detect and reduce transnational crime.
Most recently, Anika joined the Gwilym Gibbon Centre for Public Policy, Nuffield College, Oxford.
For a summary of Anika’s recent publications, click here.