Diana Miranda


Research interests

Biometrics; Body and Identity; Identification Technologies; Body-worn cameras; Facial Recognition; Suspicion; Surveillance; Visual; Policing; Ethical Practice; Forensics and STS; AI and machine learning; Smart city; Visual and Digital Criminology; Imprisonment; Qualitative research methods; 

Research Projects


2020-2023: Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life (Co-I, ESRC) with Bangor University, Edinburgh University, Chuo University, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Meiji University. (£710,000)


2018-2019: The use of BWCs on police-public encounters (PI, Research Strategy Fund Keele) with 2 British police forces (£2,015)


2016-2017: Ethical Practice in Policing (Research Fellow, Police Knowledge Fund) with 3 British Police forces - Centre for Policing Research and Learning (The Open University)


2015-2016: MOMI - Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health (Research Associate, FP7)


2011-2015: Criminal identification technologies: trajectories, uses and practices through different perspectives (Doctoral Research, funding from the FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) within the grant SFRH/BD/70055/2010) (€ 60,000)


2009-2010: Mothers and fathers after the "biological truth"? Gender, inequalities and parental roles in the cases of investigation of paternity (Research Assistant, Funding FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-008483)


2008-2009: Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Behind Bars (Research Assistant, Funding UMINHO/BII/045/2009)




Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Sociology

    “Criminal identification technologies: trajectories, uses and practices through different perspectives”

    Sep 2011 - Dec 2015
  • PGDip, Criminology

    Sep 2010 - Jul 2011
  • BA (Hons), Sociology

    Sep 2006 - Jul 2009