Mrs Selina Robinson
I am a Teaching Fellow in Forensic Investigations within the Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) since November 2019. I teach forensic investigations within the Criminology and Forensic studies team teaching L4- L7.
My research plans moving forward will be focussed on Maritime Terrorism - specifically cruise ships as soft targets.
I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at Bournemouth University in 2011. After leaving University, my job focus was aimed at supporting vulnerable individuals. I was a Project Coordinator with Victim Support for an Anti-Social Behaviour Project. I then became a Youth Worker for a few years supporting young people between the ages of 11-26 in a satellite base in Southampton. I also led the LGBTQ+ Breakout youth sessions.
I completed a distance-learning Masters in Politics of Conflict and Violence with the University of Leicester alongside my work. My thesis explored the gaps in security and cruise ships and was titled: 'How Proactive is the cruise shipping industry and the UK Government about the threat of maritime terrorism?'
It is in 2015 when I joined Hampshire Constabulary as a Counter-Terrorism Prevent Officer in Special Branch, supporting individuals from radicalisation. I then became a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) within the Scientific Services Department and it is here that I learned the core skills of forensics that I teach. I specialise in both volume and major crime.
Key research areas are divided between both Forensics and Risk Management/Maritime Terrorism and include:
- Maritime security and maritime terrorism; specifically cruise ships as soft targets, use of drones onboard ships, and the inconsistencies of security management between passenger's vessels.
- The use of VR/AR as an effective application of VR in education and training
In forensic my research areas include:
- Forensic photography and ALS
- The use of VR in Crime Scene Investigation
- Forensic practitioner bias
In March 2021, I was awarded £9,500 as Principal Investigator through TRIF (Themes, R&I Funding) to utilise VR innovation focused on the project: Using a Virtual Reality (VR) package to provide interactive training for maritime crews in response to unpredictable terrorist/piracy attacks on cruise ships. I identified internal collaborators, resulting in a multi-disciplinary, research team from across the University of Portsmouth. These collaborations include members of staff from ICJS, Immersive and Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Business and Law.
I have developed a pilot project which uses VR to promote skill acquisition and engagement in learning Crime Scene Investigation. The project aims to review existing literature by examining the effective application of VR in education and training by comparing student outcomes and satisfaction through completion of a mock crime scene or a virtual version. CSF students L4- L6 took part in the project, and the VR feature received strong feedback in useability and functionality. All participants achieved learning outcomes in the virtual crime scene compared to the mock crime scene.