Northumbria University Centre for Forensic Science

Dr. Victor Toom

Victor is a Marie Curie Research Fellow on the project “Accounting for genocide: legal and scientific accounting practices in the wake of the Srebrenica genocide”  working with Professor Thomas Scheffer of Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Prior to moving to Frankfurt, Victor was a member of NUCFS. He joined in October 2010, was a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow from October 2012 to December 2015. Before joining NUCFS, Victor held positions at the Universities of Amsterdam (2003-2010) and Twente (2002-2003). He was also a member of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (2003-2010).

Victor, a sociologist of science and law, empirically scrutinizes the uses of new and emerging forensic DNA typing technologies in contexts of law enforcement and mass human fatality investigation. Victor’s work blends extensive knowledge of forensic genetic technologies with state-of-the-art social scientific methodologies and theories. His publications have appeared in social scientific journals, legal journals, forensic science journals and newspapers as well as in edited volumes. He is the author of a book (Kluwer, 2011) on twenty years forensic DNA profiling in the Netherlands.

Before commencing his PhD research in 2004, which was supervised by Prof John Grin and Dr Amade M’charek and entitled ‘Carriers of Truth. Normative Aspects of Twenty Years Forensic DNA Typing in the Netherlands’, Victor was involved in two research projects. One regarded everyday (or mundane) medical practices and was commissioned by Dutch think tank the ‘Rathenau Institute’ (2003-2004); the other project concerned controversial medical interventions and was commissioned by Dutch research organization ZonMW (2002-2003). Victor holds a PhD in the Social Sciences (University of Amsterdam, 2010), a MSc in Science and Technology Studies (University of Amsterdam, 2000), and a BSc ‘Teacher in the Social Sciences’ (Hogeschool Holland, 1999).

Victor has published in various journals and contributed chapters to edited volumes on issues like reliability of DNA evidence, familial searching, external visible characteristics, interactions between science and law, inquisitorial versus adversarial logics, and transnational exchange of forensic bioinformation.

Publications

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