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Joanne Morrissey

Visiting Associate Professor
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Life Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Forensic science and crime , Education and teaching , Enterprise

Joanne is currently a Visiting Associate Professor, having been a full time member of staff until 2021. Joanne was previously the Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment for the Faculty of Science and Engineering and taught on the Crime and Investigative Studies and Forensic Science courses.

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Joanne has 30 years of experience working in Forensic Science including Crime Scene, Fingerprints, Fire Investigation and Education. Joanne was a practitioner with the Metropolitan Police for 17 years before moving to the US and being Forensic Manager for a Police Department in North Carolina for more than 5 years.

With an MSc in Fire Investigation, Joanne is currently completing a doctorate and is a Workforce Strategy Lead with the National Police Chiefs Council Forensic Capability Network.

Research interests
  • Partnership working
  • Evidence-based Policing
  • Fire Investigation
  • Pedagogy and Learning and Teaching
  • Drug facilitated sexual assault
  • Enterprise Education
  • MSc Fire Investigation - Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Senior Fellow of the Advance HE 
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Board of Directors - European Division of International Association for Identification
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Learning and teaching project award – Anglia Ruskin University, 2019
Learning and teaching project award – Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
RIDO Summer Studentship – Anglia Ruskin University, 2018
Vice Chancellor research Studentship – Liverpool John Moores University, 2016

Selected recent publications

Pollitt, J. Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2020. Vacuum metal deposition enhancement of friction ridge detail on ballistic materials. Forensic science international. [Online] 316110551–110551. December 2020

Hall, S. Blackburn, K and Morrissey, J. 2020. Exploring the flammability of emollients and skincare products. Fire magazine. November 2020.

Hall, S. Blackburn, K and Morrissey, J. 2020. The awareness of emollient flammability and current research. Fire Protection International Fire Professional, The Journal of the Institute of Fire Engineers. May 2020.

Parrott, E, Panter, H. Morrissey, J. and Bezombes, F. A. 2019. Low Cost Approach to Disturbed Soil Detection Using Low Altitude Digital Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Drones. June 2019.

Davies C, Gautam L, Grela A, Morrissey J. 2020. Variability associated with interpreting drugs within forensic hair analysis: A three-stage interpretation. J Appl Toxicol. June 2020;1–21.

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2019. A preliminary study on vacuum metal deposition as a standalone method for enhancement of fingermarks on ballistic brass materials. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 64 (1), pp.

Hall, S. and Morrissey, J. 2019 . Medical skin creams could be a lethal fire risk when soaked into fabric – here’s what you need to know. The Conversation August 9th, 2019

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2019. Using Gun Blue to Enhance Fingermark Ridge Detail on Ballistic Brass. Journal of Forensic Identification, 69(4), pp.431–449.

Hall, S. Franklin, L. Bull, J. Beard, A. Phillips, G. and Morrissey, J. 2019. The flammability of textiles when contaminated with paraffin base products. Fire Safety Journal, 104, pp.109–116.

Christofidis, G., Morrissey, J. & Birkett, J.W., 2018. Detection of Fingermarks—Applicability to Metallic Surfaces: A Literature Review. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 63(6), pp.1616–1627.

Morrissey, J., Larrosa, J. & Birkett, J., 2017. A Preliminary Evaluation of the Use of Gun Bluing to Enhance Friction Ridge Detail on Cartridge Casings. Journal of Forensic Identification, 67(3), pp.313–322.

Morrissey, J., 2017. The student journey: time to make it personal. Innovations in Practice, 11(1), pp9-11.

Recent presentations and conferences

Morrissey, J and Baldry, M. Embedding Enterprise Education into a science curriculum. - International Enterprise Education Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Sept 2019. (Peer reviewed)

Morrissey, J., Styles, I., Maxwell, S., and Baldry, M. Embedding Enterprise Education into a science curriculum – Anglia Ruskin University Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2019.

Hall, S. and Morrissey, J. “The fire hazard associated with fabrics contaminated with skin care products” 16th annual training conference and AGM UK Association of Fire Investigators; A fatal fire investigation master class, Leeds, UK, January 2019.

FIT-IN (Forensic Science, Investigation, Technology – Information network) Research symposium, (in collaboration with the Chartered Society for Forensic Science) Birmingham June 11th 2018 Morrissey, J. The Use of Gun Blue to enhance Friction ridge detail on cartridge casings. International Association for Identification European Division Conference, Interpol, Lyon, October 2016. (Peer reviewed).

Morrissey, J. How do we develop Enterprise Skills in Forensic Science Students? International Enterprise Educators Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, September 2016

Media experience

‘Reducing the Fire Risk from Emollient-Impregnated Fabrics.

  • Radio 5 live interview
  • BBC Look East news interview
  • ITV Anglia news interview