Laura Neiva has a degree in Criminology from the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (2017) and a master’s degree in Crime, Difference and Inequality from the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho (2019).

From July 2018 to March 2021, she worked as a junior researcher in the “Exchange” Project, funded by the European Research Council (Contract No [648608]), led by Helena Machado and based at the Communication and Society Research Centre (CECS), Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

In September (2020) she published a book Big Data on Criminal Investigation: Challenges and Expectations in the European Union, Editora Húmus.

Currently (2021) he is doing her PhD research in Sociology, entitled “Expectations of police officers about Big Data in the policing and criminal investigation system in Portugal” at the Communication and Society Research Centre, Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, being beneficiary of a PhD scholarship (ref. 2020.04764.BD), promoted by the Foundation for Science and Technology, a highly competitive contest, which aims to support researchers to develop their PhD research.

Her research interests focus on Social Studies in Science and Technology, new criminal investigation technologies, Big Data, Surveillance Studies, policing and expectations. Specifically, she explores topics around expectations and imagery about Big Data in criminal investigation and policing, social inequalities, criminalization, criminal suspicion and social, ethical and legal issues regarding the use of technologies in criminal investigation and policing, aiming to understand how expectations around Big Data can have an impact on law enforcement, criminal justice and law enforcement agencies.