Zoe Cadwell


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Biomedical and Forensic Science

Location: Cambridge

Zoe’s expertise is crime scene examination, gained as a professional practitioner. Her interests include latent fingerprint development and survivability of forensic evidence within burial environments.



Zoe graduated with a BA (hons) in Archaeology and Post-graduate diploma in Forensic Archaeology before embarking on a 13 year career as a Crime Scene Investigator. Working for four UK Police forces she covered the full range of crime scene examinations, including high profile investigations and cold cases. Throughout this period Zoe continued to develop skills and experience in forensic archaeology, CSI training, quality standards and crime scene management. She also worked on reciprocal training projects with Forensic Science Providers and Fire and Rescue Services.

She became a lecturer in Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation at City and Islington College in 2014 teaching Crime scene examination, forensic photography, crime scene management, fatal incident investigation and UK Criminal Justice systems and law.

In addition to professional practice qualifications in relation to crime scene examination, Zoe also has an MSc in Forensic Science.

She joined ARU as an associate lecturer in January 2016 and became a full time member of staff in November 2016.

Research interests

  • Latent fingerprint development on polymer banknotes
  • Relationship between fingerprint and DNA recovery from items associated with clandestine burials
  • The impact of the implementation of ISO17020 on the training and working practices of UK crime scene examiners
  • Crime Scene examination
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Fingerprint development
  • Developing Forensic Science provision in Asia
  • Mass disasters

Areas of research supervision

  • Crime 
  • Policing 
  • Forensic databases


BSc (Hons) Crime and Investigative Studies

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science


BA (Hons) Archaeology - University of Leicester
Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Archaeology - Bournemouth university
MSc Forensic Science - University of Leicester

Memberships, editorial boards

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences - Professional Member
CPD/CPC Assessor (Crime Scene Investigation) - Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
International Association for Identification (EU) - Member
Society of Evidence Based Policing - Member

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Project Consultant - Collaboration of State Government of Maharashtra, British Council, Government of India, BIS and UKIERI in the development of Centre of Forensic Excellence for the state of Maharashtra

Recent presentations and conferences

Cadwell, Z. 2016. Operation Anagram: The Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Science and the Serial Murderer. 3rd Annual Student Conference. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK 9th May 2016 (Keynote Speaker).

Cadwell, Z., Nichols-Drew, L. 2016. Tripartite Approach of Industry, Academia, and Research in Forensic Science: Novel Fingermark Development Methods. The Forensic and Policing Services (FAPSA) Conference 2016. College Court, Leicester, UK. 12th-13th May 2016.

Cadwell, Z. 2016. Polymer Banknotes: How Are We Going to Treat Them? International Association for Identification (EU Division) 2nd International Conference 2016. Interpol HQ, Lyon, France, 20-21st October 2016. (1st Prize for best conference poster).