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Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, Teesside University

Tim Thompson is a Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology and Associate Dean (Academic) in the School of Health & Life Sciences. In 2014, Tim was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching and support for learning in higher education.

Before coming to Teesside, Tim studied for his PhD at the University of Sheffield (Faculty of Medicine) and was a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee.

Tim has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on heat-induced apatite and crystallinity changes in bone. His latest book is 'Human Remains: Another Dimension - the application of imaging to the study of human remains'. Prior to this, he published the book 'The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies', and was co-author of 'Human Identity and Identification' with Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book 'Forensic Human Identification'.

Externally, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the 'Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine' and is on the editorial boards for 'Human Remains and Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal' and the journal 'Forensic Anthropology'. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Science & Justice' for three years. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, and a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE, Tim is a practicing forensic anthropologist who has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts.

Summary of Research Interests
Tim' research interests have evolved over the years, to the extent where he have three key areas of activity. The majority of his research has sought to understand what happens to bone after death, particular as a result of burning, and how we can use this understanding of these changes to interpret the context of death. More recently he has been developing and applying methods of visualising forensic and archaeological artefacts for conservation and analysis. Finally, he has a long-standing interest in the practice of forensic anthropology, the frameworks in which practitioners work, and the way it is taught.


  • 2007–present
    Associate Dean and Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology, Teesside University
  • 2004–2007
    Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology, University of Dundee