Interview with Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson interviewed by Susan Schuppli and Francesco Sebregondi at the School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University (Middlesbrough) on 16 December 2011. 


Dr. Tim Thompson is Reader in Biological & Forensic Anthropology at Teesside University, and he acts as a consultant in this field, mainly in north-east England. Before coming to Teesside he did his PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sheffield, and worked for three years as a Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. He was also a Senior Lecturer in Crime Scene Science at Teesside for four years. He is a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society, on the Council for the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. He’s also Managing Director for the digital company ‘anthronomics’. 

His main areas of research focus on the human body and how it changes, particularly in the modern context. Most of my research examines the effects of burning on the skeleton, although I also have active research lines in aquatic skeletal taphonomy, body modification and identity/identification, and the role of forensic anthropology in the world at large. I have published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and was senior editor for the book ‘Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction’.