Arely Cruz-Santiago

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geography, Durham University

Arely Cruz-Santiago is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at Durham University, where she also completed her PhD. Prior to this, she was Postdoctoral Research Associate and Project Manager on the ESRC/GCRF Strategic Network on Unacceptable Forms of Work at Durham Law School.

Her research uncovers the intimate and invisible forms of labour performed by families, communities and non-state agencies in the search for the missing. She has particular interests in how citizens engage in practices of forensics after the disappearance of a loved one— through data collection (including DNA), creation of lines of enquiry for investigation and location of clandestine burial sites.

During 2014 – 2015 I was the Co-Investigator on the ESRC-funded project ‘Citizen-led forensics: DNA & data-banking as technologies of disruption’. She is currently Co-I on the ESRC Transformative Research (2018-20): ‘Data Justice in Mexico’s Multiveillant Society'.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Geography, Durham University