Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Paul Smith

  • Qualifications: Diploma in Crime Scene Examination (Durham University), MSc in Forensic Archaeology (Bournemouth University), Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer, and ICJS Lead on Innovation
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3324
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. Paul Smith is a ICJS Lead on Innovation and Director of the Forensic Innovation Centre at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), University of Portsmouth. He started his career as a medical photographer with the Leicester Royal Infirmary moving into a role as a crime scene investigator (CSI) with Leicestershire Constabulary in January 1999. During this time he investigated a range of major and volume crimes and trained as a crime scene manager and coordinator, advancing to an assistant senior CSI in the summer of 2004. During this time he studied for a Masters in forensic archaeology passing with merit in 2004. He completed his doctoral studies in embedded technologies for scene investigations graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2008.  He is currently the University Director of the Forensic Innovation Centre, working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary. He teaches forensic studies and his research interests include developing knowledge sharing in forensic and crime scene practice, integrating technologies into investigative practice and researching various aspects of forensic studies and associated criminal justice matters.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Unit co-ordinator Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation, (level 5 FTUG option)
  • Unit co-ordinator Fundamentals of Forensic Investigation, (level 5 DL option)
  • Unit co-ordinator Tools and Techniques of Crime Science,  (level 7 Core: on the MSc Crime Science Intelligence and Investigation)


  • Crime Scene Investigation procedures and practice
  • Finger mark development
  • Human Factors methods for criminal justice

Research profile

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