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Durham University

Department of Geography

Current Postgraduate Students

Dr Arely Cruz-Santiago, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Research Fellow in the Department of Geography
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S205

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Arely Cruz-Santiago is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography at Durham University, where she also completed her PhD.

Her research 'Forensic Citizens: The Politics of searching for disappeared persons' investigates the ways in which absent persons are brought forward into the public sphere by family members searching for them and the citizen-led forensic techniques and knowledge produced within the search. For five years, Arely has examined the ways in which citizen data collection and analysis is broadening our understanding of forensic science, not exclusively as a technology used by governments and its experts, but simultaneously as a tool for citizens to explore and enhance their political possibilities.

Prior to this, she was Postdoctoral Research Associate and Project Manager on the ESRC / GCRF Strategic Network on Unacceptable Forms of Work at Durham Law School.

In 2014 - 2015 she was the Co-investigator on the ESRC-funded project 'Citizen-led forensics: DNA & data-banking as technologies of disruption'. She is currently Co-investigator on the ESRC Transformative Research (2018 - 2020): 'Data Justice in Mexico's Multiveillant Society'.

Selected Publications

Book review

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

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