Joanne Morrissey

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

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

Courses taught: Crime and Investigative Studies, Forensic Science

Joanne has more than 22 years of experience as a practitioner in the UK and the US, and uses this experience and her research interests to inform her teaching.


Joanne joined ARU in July 2017. Previously, she worked at LJMU, High Point Police Department and Metropolitan Police Service.

Research interests

  • Partnership working
  • Policing
  • Fire Investigation
  • Pedagogy
  • Drug facilitated sexual assault

Areas of research supervision

  • Recovery of fingermarks from ballistic evidence
  • Use of drone at crime scenes


BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies
Module leader for Evidence-Based Policing
Module leader for Major Investigations
Module leader for Crime Scene Analysis
Contributes to Scene and Laboratory Investigation

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


  • MSc Fire Investigation - Anglia Ruskin University, 2007

Memberships, editorial boards

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

Selected recent publications

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

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

International Enterprise Educators Conference. Liverpool, 2016.