Susana Costa


Susana Costa is a researcher at Centre for Social Studies - Associate Laboratory and member of the Research Group on Studies on Science, Economy and Society (NECES) of University of Coimbra. She has a PHd in Sociology. She has a pos-doctoral grant funded by FCT with a project intitled "Settings of DNA Technology in the Portuguese Criminal Justice system: analysis of judicial cases and judges perspectives". She is Lecturer on the Master of Criminology of ISMAI, Deviance, Crime, Control and Social Change and Orientation of Dissertation. She was a PhD student in University of Coimbra and fellow of FCT between 2005 and 2010 with a project entitled "Children of (their) mother.Institutional Actors, Expertises and Paternity Claims in the Portuguese Judicial System". She has a MA in Sociology with the thesis entitled Justice in the Lab. The identification of genetic profiles. Between transnational harmonization and local appropriation (2001). In 1996 she had a BA in Sociology, School of Economics of University of Coimbra. In the last years her research interests has been focused on the relations between science and law and the use of DNA iin the aid of justice. Her researches have been focused in social studies of science, social studies of forensic genetics , sociology of science and sociology of law. She is author of two books: Costa, Susana "A Justiça em Laboratório", Almedina, 2003; Costa, Susana, "Filhos da (sua) mãe", Almedina (2012); and co-authored others, namely, Costa, Susana and Helena Machado, "A ciência na luta contra o crime", Humus and several papers in scientific journals.



2019-06-01 Expresso [Revista]

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Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Costa, Susana; Santos, Filipe (2019), "The social life of forensic evidence and the epistemic sub-cultures in an inquisitorial justice system: Analysis of Saltão case", Science and Justice

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Article in Scientific journal

Costa, Susana (2017), "Visibilities, invisibilities and twilight zones at the crime scene in Portugal", New Genetics and Society, 36, 4, 375-399

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Book Chapter

Costa, Susana (2017), O aparato forense e os entendimentos socioculturais na investigação criminal em Portugal, in Helena Machado (org.) (org.), Genética e Cidadania. Porto: Afrontamento, pp. 87-109