Research Interests

Forensic criminology,  criminal psychology, crime and media studies, forensic entomology, art crimes, cultural policies, art market studies (Global South and East)

Poulomi Bhadra

Assistant Professor & Assistant Director (CCFS)

P.G. Dip. Criminology & Criminal Psychology (University of Essex, UK);
M.Sc. Forensic Science (King's College London, UK);
M.Sc. Biotechnology (St. Xavier's College, Kolkata)

Poulomi Bhadra is an Assistant Professor of Crime Studies at JIBS and a Fellow at the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS). She founded the Centre for Criminology and Forensic Studies (CCFS) at JGU in January 2020. Prior to joining JGU, she has worked with the Natural History Museum, London and the London Metropolitan Police on research in forensic entomology. She is presently a member of the South Asian Society of Victimology and Criminology, the International Society for Criminology, the European Society for Criminology and the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, UK.

Research Experience

Her research interests are built on an interdisciplinary profile predominantly focused on the areas of evidentiary literacy and forensic evidence as well as policing and rehabilitation & reintegration studies. Her individual and collaborative work is conducted within the framework of behavioural science and forensic criminology.

Her current research focuses on the following themes: transitional justice and the role of evidence; interdisciplinary pedagogy and curriculum; decolonizing criminology; and role of media in shaping global and political narratives, including but not limited to individual and State crimes. She is also part a European COST working group analysing the relationship between States and international criminal justice, and the engagement of those countries to international criminal justice institutions. She is also working collaboratively with NGOs and Indian prisons to conducting impact surveys on existing assistance programs, their scalability and policy relevance. Additionally, she also works on collaborative projects on cultural policies, art crimes and art laws.


She has published three editorial books – Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond (2021), Refugee Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice (2020), Crime and Criminal Law Perspectives on Global Migration (2019); and several chapters focused on forensics, law, criminology and psychology. Her latest book on has been selected for a German translated edition. Her forthcoming publications are on ‘Media and Crime: Criminological Perspectives from the East’ and ‘Crime Scene to Courtroom: Scientific Evidence in the Criminal Justice System and Media Trials’


She is a member on the International Advisory Board of the Criminology and Criminal Law Review Journal, International Society for Projects in Education and Research and a reviewer for academic publications such as Journal of Forensic Psychology Research and Practice (Routledge), International Journal of Evidence & Proof (Sage). She also served as a member of the JGLS Doctoral Research Advisory Committee (2019-2021) and is currently serving as a Mentor & Project Expert (Criminology) for the Challenges Abroad programme (UK and Australia) since 2021, where she supervises undergraduate students from Australia on short-term projects in India. Additionally, she has supervised various projects with researchers from Jagiellonian University, Poland, Maharashtra National Law University and Ashoka University, India.

Teaching Experience

She has 8+ years of teaching experience in the following areas of study: forensic science, applied forensic psychology, crime and media studies, complex investigations and organized crimes, blood antiquities and archaeopolitics, cultural policies and the art market. She has also conducted short study courses (summer/winter schools, certificate programs) as well as conceived and instructed in training programs for career professionals. Besides her regular teaching engagements, she has been regularly invited as a resource person for various guest lectures, public talks and conferences.


Journal Publications

    1. Bhadra, P., Aggarwal, K. (2022). Judicial Gatekeeping of Scientific Evidence and Experts in Criminal Adjudications. Delhi Law Review, Vol 36.
    2. Bhadra P., Hall M. J., Hart A.J. (2014) Factors affecting accessibility to blowflies of bodies disposed in suitcases. Forensic Science International, Vol 239, 62-72

    3. Ray S., Datta R., Bhadra P., Chaudhuri B., Mitra A. K. (2012) Bacillus aryabhattai found in the Indian subcontinent. Bioscience Discovery 3(1), 138-145

  1. Sahni S. P., Bhadra P. (2021) Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond.  Springer Publications, Singapore
  2. Sahni S.,  Bhadra P. (2020) Refugee Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice. New Delhi, India, Har-Anand Publications

  3. Sahni S., Bhadra P. (2019) Crime and Criminal Law Perspectives on Global Migration. New Delhi, India, Har-Anand Publications

Book Chapters
  1. Bhadra P. (2021). Are Evidences Impartial? Cognitive Biases in Forensic Analysis in (Eds. S. P. Sahni, P. Bhadra) Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond. (Springer Singapore)

  2. Bhadra P., Nair V. V. (2021). Investigative Psychology through a Forensic Victimology Perspective in (Eds. S. P. Sahni, P. Bhadra) Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond. (Springer Singapore)

  3. Bhadra P., Sahni S. P. (2020) Status of Asylum Seekers in the Criminal Justice System: Case Study from India in Refugee Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice. Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, India

  4. Nair V.V., Bhadra P., Sahni S. P. (2019). Status of Migrants, Refugees and Criminal Law in India in Crime and Criminal Law Perspectives on Global Migration. Har-Anand Publications, New Delhi, India


    1. Bhadra, P. (2023) States and International Criminal Justice: COST CA18228 Scoping Survey (version 2), 2020-2023. University of Edinburgh. School of Law.