Tim Thompson is a Professor of Applied Biological Anthropology in the School of Science & Engineering. 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 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on heat-induced apatite and crystallinity changes in bone - he has recently published the book 'The Archaeology of Cremation: Burned Human Remains in Funerary Studies'. Prior to this he was co-author of 'Human Identity and Identification' with Dr Rebecca Gowland (Durham University) and senior editor for the book 'Forensic Human Identification'.
At Teesside, he is actively involved in undertaking and fostering research. On top of developing his own research team and striving to create an environment for them to successfully work and develop in, Tim has Chaired both the School of Science & Engineering Research Ethics and Research Degrees Committees. Currently he Chairs the University Research Ethics and Integrity Committee and the University Research Degrees Committee. He also sits on the University Research Policy Committee.
Externally, he is on the editorial boards for the 'Journal of Forensic Sciences', 'Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine' and 'Human Remains and Violence: an Interdisciplinary Journal'. He has recently been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Science & Justice'. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and the Royal Anthropological Institute, and is a practicing forensic anthropologist who has worked at home and abroad in a variety of forensic contexts.
Tim's main areas of research focus on the human body and how it changes, particularly in the modern context. Here, most of his research examines the effects of burning on the skeleton and the development of new analytical tools to examine this challenging biomaterial through our 'Analytical Instrumentation, Measurement and Control Engineering' research theme. Tim is also interested the recording and visualisation of forensic evidence and heritage artefacts, and the resolution of commingled graves from contexts of mass violence.
Various projects are currently underway in all of these areas, involving leading researchers in a variety of UK and overseas academic institutions.
Tim is Director of Studies on several doctoral projects being offered in the Technology Futures Institute and would like to encourage applications from prospective students. Please submit an application online, or for further information, contact Tim directly.
Tim acts as a consultant forensic anthropologist for the police, mainly in the North-East of England.
Tim is also the Managing Director of anthronomics a spin-out company from Teesside University which creates a range of exciting and effective digital tools and software for all those studying, teaching, researching and working with skeletal remains.