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Conceptualising forensic science and forensic reconstruction. Part II: The critical interaction between research, policy/law and practice

Morgan, RM; (2017) Conceptualising forensic science and forensic reconstruction. Part II: The critical interaction between research, policy/law and practice. Science and Justice , 57 (6) pp. 460-467. 10.1016/j.scijus.2017.06.003. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper builds on the FoRTE conceptual model presented in part I to address the forms of knowledge that are integral to the four components of the model. Articulating the different forms of knowledge within effective forensic reconstructions is valuable. It enables a nuanced approach to the development and use of evidence bases to underpin decision-making at every stage of a forensic reconstruction by enabling transparency in the reporting of inferences. It also enables appropriate methods to be developed to ensure quality and validity. It is recognised that the domains of practice, research, and policy/law intersect to form the nexus where forensic science is situated. Each domain has a distinctive infrastructure that influences the production and application of different forms of knowledge in forensic science. The channels that can enable the interaction between these domains, enhance the impact of research in theory and practice, increase access to research findings, and support quality are presented. The particular strengths within the different domains to deliver problem solving forensic reconstructions are thereby identified and articulated. It is argued that a conceptual understanding of forensic reconstruction that draws on the full range of both explicit and tacit forms of knowledge, and incorporates the strengths of the different domains pertinent to forensic science, offers a pathway to harness the full value of trace evidence for context sensitive, problem-solving forensic applications.

Type: Article
Title: Conceptualising forensic science and forensic reconstruction. Part II: The critical interaction between research, policy/law and practice
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.scijus.2017.06.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2017.06.003
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd on behalf of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Conceptual model; Knowledge production; Institutional infrastructure; Forensic reconstruction; Trace evidence; Explicit and tacit knowledge
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1563694
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