Dr Diana Miranda

Lecturer in Criminology

Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology Faculty of Social Sciences 3T11 RG Bomont Building University of Stirling FK9 4LA, Stirling

Dr Diana Miranda

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About me

Diana’s work sits at the intersection of criminological and sociological research, exploring emerging biometric and data driven technologies. Her passion lies in understanding the impact of surveillance on our bodies and identities through processes of technologically mediated suspicion. She works across domains such as criminal investigation, predictive policing, smart cities, security of borders, and prisons.

Her research projects range from the use of biometric identification technologies in Criminal Justice settings, such as photography, facial recognition, fingerprints, and DNA profiling to the use of visual surveillance tools by law enforcement, including work funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Institute for Policing Research on body-worn cameras and other emergent technologies (both reports available here: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/34460 and https://www.gov.scot/publications/review-emerging-technologies-policing-findings-recommendations/ ).

More recently, she has been exploring how AI engages with human emotion and intention, looking at the development of predictive biometrics in policing and security settings. This work has been developed in the 3-year ESRC project (2020-23), “Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life”. Dr Diana Miranda also actively seeks to understand citizens’ perspectives on novel and emerging technologies through projects like the 2023 EPSRC funded 'Critically Exploring Biometric AI Futures' (report available here: https://www.stir.ac.uk/research/hub/publication/1940503#files)

Dr Diana Miranda is currently supervising doctoral students in these research areas and welcomes PhD enquiries from prospective applicants with similar research interests.

Diana has published over 20 articles in leading peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journals and several book chapters in both English and Portuguese (https://www.stir.ac.uk/people/1745041#outputs). She has been an invited speaker to present her research findings nationally and internationally, such as in Japan, Portugal and Germany. Her research has also been presented in + 50 academic conferences around the world (e.g. Surveillance and Society Conference, Eurocrim, The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Data Justice, BSA, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), etc.).

Her work has also informed policy and practice of different Criminal Justice institutions (e.g. in the UK and Portugal) and she has contributed expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing (e.g. namely on biometrics and the use of facial recognition technology in policing).

Before her position at the University of Stirling, Dr Diana Miranda carved her research and teaching trajectory through various universities across Europe and in the UK: including The Open University, Birkbeck – University of London, Northumbria University and Keele University.

Research (4)

Surveillance; Biometrics; Body and Identity; Identification Technologies; Classification; Body-worn cameras; Facial Recognition; Suspicion; Visual surveillance; Forensics; Policing; Security; Imprisonment; Criminal Justice; Automated Decision Making; Ethical Practice; AI and machine learning; Smart city; Visual and Digital Criminology; STS; Qualitative research methods; Creative methods; Design Fiction

I am currently supervising doctoral students in these research areas , and welcome PhD proposals from applicants with similar research interests.

Projects

Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life
PI: Dr Diana Miranda
Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council

Critically Exploring Biometric AI Futures
PI: Dr Diana Miranda
Funded by: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Evidence Review into Public Experience and Confidence of Body Worn Video in a Policing Context
PI: Professor William Webster
Funded by: Scottish Institute for Policing Research

Emerging Technologies in Policing
PI: Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Funded by: Scottish Institute for Policing Research

Outputs (77)

Outputs

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2023) Carceral surveillance: data flows beyond prison walls. The ‘Surveillant Assemblage’ In the Age of AI - AI for Humanity and Society 2023, Malmö, Sweden, 14.11.2023.


Book Chapter

Miranda D (2023) Frontline perceptions of Body-Worn Cameras: tools for transparency in British policing?. In: Privacy, Technology, and the Criminal Process. (ed) Jason Bosland, Joe Purshouse and Andrew Roberts ed. London: Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003111078/privacy-technology-criminal-process-joe-purshouse-andrew-roberts-jason-bosland?refId=7de52d6a-9fa0-41f7-91f6-e6a5f2a786b5&context=ubx


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2023) O tempo do direito na “pena suspensa”: construindo um objeto. Araújo E (Supervisor), Brandão J (Researcher) & Miranda D (Supervisor) APS (Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia) - XII Congresso Português de Sociologia, Coimbra, 04.04.2023-06.04.2023.


Research Report

Connon I, Egan M, Hamilton-Smith N, MacKay N, Miranda D & Webster W (2023) Review of emerging technologies in policing: findings and recommendations. Scottish Institute for Policing Research. Edinburgh. https://www.gov.scot/publications/review-emerging-technologies-policing-findings-recommendations/


Book Review

Miranda D (2022) Book Review Police Visibility: Privacy, Surveillance, and the False Promise of Body-Worn Cameras. Review of: Police Visibility: Privacy, Surveillance, and the False Promise of Body-Worn Cameras, Bryce Clayton Newell (2021), University of California Press. 260 pp. ISBN: 9780520382909. Information Polity, 27 (2), pp. 305-308. https://doi.org/10.3233/ip-229004


Book Chapter

Bakir V, Ghotbi N, Ho TM, Laffer A, Mantello P, McStay A, Miranda D, Miyashita H, Podoletz L, Tanaka H & Urquhart L (2022) Emotional AI in Cities: Cross‐cultural Lessons from the UK and Japan on Designing for an Ethical Life. In: Carta S (ed.) Machine Learning and the City: Applications in Architecture and Urban Design. London: Wiley, pp. 621-624. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119815075.ch51


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D & Urquhart L (2022) Policing Faces - Perceptions of Facial and Emotion Recognition Technologies. AGOPOL Conference: Diffusion of Policing in the Algorithmic Society, Oslo, Norway, 18.11.2022-18.11.2022. https://www.algorithmic-governance.com/post/agopol-online-conference-diffusion-of-policing-in-the-algorithmic-society


Conference Proceeding

Miranda D, Urquhart L & Laffer A (2022) Working with Affective Computing: Exploring UK Public Perceptions of AI enabled Workplace Surveillance. In: Effectiveness of ICT ethics – How do we help solve ethical problems in the field of ICT?. ETHICOMP 2022, UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, TURKU SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS Turku, Finland, 26.07.2022-28.07.2022. University of Turku, Finland: ETHICOMP, pp. 165-177. https://sites.utu.fi/ethicomp2022/proceeding/


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2021) Policing and Facial Recognition. The Centre for Crime and Policing conference series, Northumbria University - Newcastle upon Tyne [online], 05.04.2021-05.04.2021.


Book Review

Miranda D (2020) Book review: Anastasia Chamberlen, Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities, and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons. Review of: Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities, and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons Anastasia Chamberlen, Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities, and Lived Experiences in Women’s Prisons, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2018; pp. 288: 9780198749240. Theoretical Criminology, 24 (4), p. 708–710. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480619871111


Keynote

Miranda D (2020) The Role of Body Worn Cameras in Policing. The Centre for Crime and Policing - Police Seminar, Northumbria University - Newcastle upon Tyne, 03.02.2020-03.02.2020.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2019) Police body-worn cameras and rural settings. EUROCRIM 2019 (19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology), Ghent University, Belgium, 18.09.2019-21.09.2019. https://www.eurocrim2019.com/scientific-program


Lecture

Miranda D (2019) Policing, technology and surveillance (Presentation), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu Campus, Japan, 15.07.2019-16.07.2019.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2019) Trends in AI, policing and security. Emotional AI seminar, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Tokyo Campus, Japan, 08.07.2019-10.07.2019.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D & Urquhart L (2018) Policing and the Internet of Things: making daily life visible to Justice?. EUROCRIM 2018 (18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology), Sarajevo, 29.08.2018-01.09.2018. https://www.esc-eurocrim.org/images/esc/files/Abstracts_Sarajevo_2018.pdf


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2018) Criminal bodies under investigation. EUROCRIM 2018 (18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology), Sarajevo, 29.08.2018-01.09.2018. https://www.esc-eurocrim.org/images/esc/files/Abstracts_Sarajevo_2018.pdf


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2018) Data flows beyond the prison walls. 46th Annual Conference of The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 22.08.2018-24.08.2018.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D & Urquhart L (2018) Smart homes, smart policing?. 8th Biennial Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 07.06.2018-09.06.2018. https://conferences.au.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/SSN2018_Book_of_abstracts2.pdf


Book Chapter

Miranda D (2017) Ler a criminalidade pelo corpo: o retrato de uma natureza criminal. In: Machado H (ed.) Genética e Cidadania. Porto, Portugal: Edições Afrontamento, pp. 69-86. https://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/bitstream/1822/55795/4/Genetica_e_Cidadania.pdf#page=69


Article

Djellouli N, Mann S, Nambiar B, Meireles P, Miranda D, Barros H, Bocoum FY, Yaméogo WME, Yaméogo C, Belemkoabga S, Tougri H, Coulibaly A, Kouanda S, Mochache V & Mwakusema OK (2017) Improving postpartum care delivery and uptake by implementing context-specific interventions in four countries in Africa: a realist evaluation of the Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health (MOMI) project. BMJ Global Health, 2 (4), Art. No.: e000408. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000408


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2017) Prisoners' photographic portraits and the construction of the criminal body. 45th Annual Conference of The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, The University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece, 31.08.2017-03.09.2017. http://eknexa.aegean.gr/site/Abstract-Booklet-1.pdf


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Schaefer A, Smolović Jones O & Miranda D (2017) Challenged bodies: identities at the front line. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen, Denmark, 06.07.2017-08.07.2017.


Project Report

Schaefer A, Smolović Jones O & Miranda D (2017) Ethical Practice in Policing. The Police Knowledge Fund. The Open University. https://www.open.ac.uk/centres/policing/sites/www.open.ac.uk.centres.policing/files/files/Outputs/Schaefer%20et%20al%20(2017)%20Ethical%20practice%20in%20policing.pdf


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Schaefer A, Miranda D & Smolovic-Jones O (2016) Challenged bodies: ethical identity at the frontline. EBEN - European Business Ethics Network Annual Conference and PRME UK, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 19.06.2016-22.06.2016.


Poster

Miranda D, Schaefer A & Smolovic-Jones O (2016) Ethical Practice in Policing. Inaugural Conference “Evidence into Practice”, Centre for Policing Research and Learning, The Open University, Milton Keynes, 11.05.2016.


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Miranda D (2016) Criminal identification practices, power relations and rights. BSA (British Sociological Association) Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 06.04.2016-08.04.2016. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/annual-conference-archive/


Book Chapter

Miranda D (2014) O trajeto histórico dos métodos de identificação criminal em Portugal. In: Machado H & Moniz H (eds.) Bases de Dados Genéticos Forenses: Tecnologias de Controlo e Ordem Social. Coimbra, Portugal: Coimbra Editora, pp. 307-345. https://www.almedina.net/bases-de-dados-gen-ticos-forenses-tecnologias-de-controlo-e-ordem-social-1563855321.html


Conference Proceeding

(2014) Fronteiras de desigualdade e o controlo sem fronteiras. Cadernos Mateus DOC, 5. Mateus DOC 2013, Vila Real, Portugal, 18.09.2013-20.09.2013. Vila Real, Portugal: Instituto Internacional Casa de Mateus. http://www.iicm.pt/en/publications/fronteira


Conference Proceeding

Miranda D (2014) A identificação criminal na perspetiva do vigilante e do vigiado: o uso da impressão digital e do perfil. In: VIII Congresso Português de Sociologia "40 anos de democracia(s) – progressos, contradições e prospetivas", Évora, 14.04.2014-16.04.2014. Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia/Portuguese Sociology Association. https://associacaoportuguesasociologia.pt/viii_congresso/VIII_ACTAS/VIII_COM0089.pdf


Article

Machado H, Silva S, Costa S & Miranda D (2012) Bio-genetics and gender in the construction of the paternity intentionality: DNA testing in the judicial investigations of paternity [Biogenética e género na construção da intencionalidade da paternidade: o teste de DNA nas investigações judiciais de paternidade]. Estudos Feministas, 19 (3), pp. 823-848. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2011000300009


Project Report

Machado H, Cunha MI, Miranda D & Santos F (2011) Stained Bodies - Prisoners’ perceptions of the DNA database for criminal investigation purposes and their perspectives of social reintegration. Report presented to the Portuguese Prison Services. Universidade do Minho. http://dnadatabase.ces.uc.pt/list_documents.php (Study of the prisoners perspective.pdf).