Dr Dagmar Heinrich

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Contact Details

▪️Design Against Crime Solution Centre

Room 6.39
New Adelphi Building
The Crescent
Greater Manchester
M5 4BR
United Kingdom

Current positions

Research Fellow


Research Fellow at the DAC Solution Centre, University of Salford. Dagmar is a Crime and Security Scientist and a trained Forensic Anthropologist. She has extensive experience in working with practitioners and her utility and solution-led research has an inter-disciplinary and ecologically valid focus.

Dagmar joined the Design Against Crime Solution Centre tin 2020 and worked to coordinate and deliver the Cutting Crime Impact Project, funded under the European Union H2020 programme. The aim of the Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project was to enable police and relevant local and national authorities (i.e. security policymakers) to reduce the impact of crime and, where possible, prevent crime from occurring in the first place.

The CCI project addresses high impact ‘petty crime.’ This is defined as non-organised crime taking place against people or property in towns and cities. This type of crime has a significant negative impact on European citizens’ quality of life, community cohesion and the safety and security of the urban environment. Those living in deprived neighbourhoods and vulnerable groups are often the most seriously affected.

The CCI project seeked to support Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and security policymakers in adopting a preventative, evidence-based and sustainable approach to tackling high-impact petty crime.

CCI enabled six law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to adopt a human-centred innovation process for researching, defining, developing and demonstrating practical solutions to real problems facing police, their partners and citizens.

Using the CCI human-centred design approach, each Tool was developed by the LEA, for the LEA. This means each Tool is bespoke to the LEA that developed it. It's in their language, uses their branding, addresses their specific problems or concerns, and functions in a way that fits the particular operational context of that LEA.

Dagmar is part of the team scientifically coordinating Engage2Innovate: Enhancing security solution design, adoption and impact through effective engagement and social innovation. The project starts in October 2023 and is funded by Horizon Europe and Innovate UK.

Dagmar also works on IcARUS, which is funded under the European Union H2020 programme. IcARUS aims to learn from past experiences in urban security policies. The project’s main objective is to rethink and adapt existing tools and methods to help local security actors anticipate and better respond to security challenges. Dagmar conducted requirements capture research in partner cities to identify the problem and provide context for solution directions in order to develop innovative and applicable tools for partner cities in IcARUS.

Areas of Research

Design Against Crime
Human Centred Design
Evidence based solutions
Crime Science
Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Science

Areas of Supervision

Crime Science
Interdisciplinary research into crime and security
Design-led crime prevention
Forensic Science
Forensic Anthropology