Understanding Crime Scene Examination through an ethnographic lens

David Wyatt, Dana Wilson-Kovacs

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Ethnographic methods offer huge potential in better understanding the professional profile, skills, expertise and working practices of the Crime Scene Examiner (CSE). However, to date, their use to study the CSE has been limited. We draw on our research on the CSE within England and Wales and studies from other settings to demonstrate some of the complex negotiations and everyday practices that take place in the performance of crime scene examination. We focus specifically on their training, activities and role, and what an ethnographic lens adds to existing knowledge on the processes and practices of completing crime scene examination work.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1357
Number of pages11
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Forensic Science
Early online date30 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jul 2019


  • crime scene investigation
  • ethnography
  • qualitative methods
  • digital forensics
  • crime scene examination
  • crime scene


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