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Katerina Hadjimatheou

Lecturer in Criminology and Ethics, University of Essex

Katerina Hadjimatheou is an applied ethicist and criminologist. Her work examines the implications of new developments in digital technologies and use of data for public security and policing and been published in leading criminology and philosophy journals including British Journal of Criminology and Law and Philosophy.

Kat has more than 10 years experience working on interdisciplinary research projects funded by the European Commission, the EU Border Agency, and the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. She is a recognised expert in the ethics of technologies in a security and policing context and has been invited to provide consultation and advice to the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK’s College of Policing, and the National Police Chief’s Council. She is an independent member of governmental and non-governmental bodies including the UK National Crime Agency's Independent Advisory Group on Ethics; Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Professional Standards Committee; the Independent Digital Ethics Policing Panel; and the Metropolitan Police's Research Ethics Committee. Kat is also the independent ethics reviewer for a number of EU-funded technology projects including D4FLY and ARESIBO projects (on biometric border technologies) and COPKIT (on big data for community policing).


  • –present
    Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Essex
  • 2013–2018
    Research Fellow, University of Warwick


  • 2010 
    University of Essex, PhD philosophy