Research Centers

Under the guidance of our directors, Friedrich “Sam” Steiner for IT security and digital forensics and Yarisa Walsh for corporate management and prevention of financial crime, we engage to promote academic and professional excellence with our study routes. Through collaborations with academic institutions and industry partners, we offer our students the unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects, thus contributing to the growth and innovation in the field.

Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Crime Analysis

Director Friedrich “Sam” Steiner

Chief Inspector with the Austrian Federal Police and President of European Association of Crime Analysts

Corporate Governance and Financial Crime aaaaaa

Director Yarisa Walsh

Risk Management and Compliance leader in a popular global enterprise company. Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Cyber Intelligence Professional (CCIP).

Main Goals

Represent internationally EFI in the specific field of research

Develop research projects with full support from EFI staff and students

Promote research and results internationally

Create tangible collaboration among academics, professionals, companies, and other relevant parties

Organize events, conferences and/or training online and in-person

Research Fields

Business Management, Financial Crime and Digital Technologies

  • Business Management: As global businesses continue to shift from prioritising shareholders return to overall stakeholder benefit, the values and principles of a business will play a central role in its success/failure as well as to counteract against fraudulent business practices.

  • Financial Crime: To combat the significant impact of financial crime and fraud, an in-depth understanding of the legal systems governing these crimes.

  • Digital Technologies: Given the increasing reliance on digital technologies, competences in OSINT, data analysis, AI and machine learning, blockchain and ERP systems will be fundamental

Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Crime Analysis


  • Cyber Security: stands as the frontline defense against malicious actors seeking to exploit vulnerabilities in our digital infrastructure. It safeguards our data, privacy, and digital assets from cyber attacks, ensuring the integrity and security of our digital ecosystem.

  • Digital Forensics: plays a pivotal role in investigating cyber crimes and gathering digital evidence to hold perpetrators accountable. It employs cutting-edge techniques and methodologies to uncover digital footprints, analyze data breaches, and reconstruct cyber incidents with precision and accuracy.

  • Crime Analysis: in the digital realm provides invaluable insights into emerging trends, patterns, and behaviors of cyber criminals. By analyzing vast amounts of data, it enables law enforcement agencies to proactively combat cyber threats and safeguard our digital society

Forensic Science and Forensic Engineering

  • Forensic Science harnesses the power of scientific principles and methodologies to analyze physical evidence, DNA samples, and trace materials, providing valuable insights for criminal investigations. It bridges the gap between science and law, uncovering the truth and bringing justice to victims and their families.

  • Forensic Engineering goes beyond traditional boundaries, encompassing digital engineering and state-of-the-art technologies to reconstruct crime scenes and incidents with unparalleled accuracy. From 3D crime scene reconstruction to fire investigation, this multidisciplinary field revolutionizes the investigative process, enabling forensic experts to digitally recreate events, analyze data and simulate scenarios.


Criminology and Investigative Psychology

  • Criminology offers a comprehensive understanding of crime, exploring its root causes, societal impacts, and patterns. By analyzing crime data and sociological factors, criminologists contribute to crime prevention strategies and criminal justice policies, shaping a safer society for all.

  • Investigative Psychology applies psychological principles to criminal investigations, unraveling the complexities of offender behavior and aiding law enforcement agencies in profiling suspects, conducting interviews, and interpreting forensic evidence. Through a deep understanding of the human psyche, investigative psychologists provide critical insights into criminal cases, leading to breakthroughs in investigations.

Research Incubator

Collaborations and Partnerships

Our Professional Partnership Programme is a cooperation programme between the European Forensic Institute and primary Industry Stakeholders operating in the field of investigation, security, intelligence and forensic sciences. It aims to drive the European Forensic Institute in the development of modern educational programmes, innovative research activities and effective student orientation.

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