AsSIST-UK PhD Prize for 2020

The Executive Committee of AsSIST-UK is delighted to announce that the winner of this years AsSIST-UK PhD Prize is Dr Aaron Amankwaa, from the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University.

The thesis was seen to contribute towards our understanding of the dynamics of technology governance and theoretically interrogates the overlapping areas of the social embedding of technology in both STS and innovation studies. It also makes clear links with legal studies. The mix of qualitative methods used was strong and includes a participatory angle from both expert and lay perspectives. The thesis has implications for the international discourse over appropriate management of sensitive technical data, and therefore raises significant questions about the relationship between human rights and innovation.

Aaron has published various papers from the thesis, as follows:

  1. Amankwaa, A., & McCartney, C. (2020). Gaughran vs the UK and public acceptability of forensic biometrics retention. Science & Justice, 60(3), 204–205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2020.04.001 
  2. Amankwaa, A. O. (2020). Trends in forensic DNA database: transnational exchange of DNA data. Forensic Sciences Research, 5(1), 8-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/20961790.2019.1565651 
  3. Amankwaa, A. O. (2019). Towards a reformed policy for immigrant DNA tests, a commentary. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 66, 117–119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2019.06.016 
  4. Amankwaa, A. O., & McCartney, C. (2019). The effectiveness of the UK national DNA database. Forensic Science International: Synergy, 1, 45–55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsisyn.2019.03.004 
  5. Amankwaa, A. O., & McCartney, C. (2018). The UK National DNA Database: Implementation of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Forensic Science International, 284, 117–128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2017.12.041  
  6. Amankwaa, A. O. (2018). Forensic DNA retention: Public perspective studies in the United Kingdom and around the world. Science & Justice, 58(6), 455–464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2018.05.002  

More details about Aaron’s work can be found on his personal website

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