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I am currently employed at the Leverhulme Centre for Forensic Science, University of Dundee as Principal Investigator Education and Training in forensic science, prior to this I worked at the award winning Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification as a Senior Lecturer in charge of MSc courses.  I also ran the award-winning National UK DVI training. I taught undergraduate and postgraduate students and supervised their research projects as well as providing input into both senior police and SOCO training courses.  

I am a practising forensic anthropologist and have undertaken a wide range of casework in this capacity.  One of my areas of specialty is in the identification of age in the living for the purposes of assisting investigations in asylum seekers and refugees, and I have passed the proficiency test in age estimation as set by the Study Group on Forensic Age Diagnostics of the German Association of Forensic Medicine.  I have authored a chapter in a recent text on this subject, am co-editor on two texts on human identification, have peer reviewed publications and have authored a large number of book chapters.  I supervise PhD students in various projects including the analysis of heat exposed bone, age estimation from MR images and the comparison of epidermal and dermal fingerprints.

I hold an MSc in Biological and Forensic Anthropology and a PhD in Forensic Anthropology.  I am a consultant on the Virtual Anthropology Service run by the University of Dundee providing coverage for police forces throughout Scotland and N. Ireland on a daily basis.  

I have given expert evidence in both Scottish and English courts on a number of occasions in relation to both trauma analysis, identification and age estimation.  I have been recognised as a member of the Home Office, UK Disaster Victim Identification response capability.  I am a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Member of the Royal Society of Biology.  I am chair of the Forensic Anthropology committee for the Royal Anthropological Institute and I am professionally accredited at FA1 Level with the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (RAI) and am a registered forensic expert on the forensic expert database of the National Crime Agency

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    Guidelines for best practice: Imaging for age estimation in the living

    Doyle, E., Márquez-Grant, N., Field, L., Holmes, T., Arthurs, O. J., van Rijn, R. R., Hackman, L., Kasper, K., Lewis, J., Loomis, P., Elliott, D., Kroll, J., Viner, M., Blau, S., Brough, A., Martín de las Heras, S. & Garamendi, P. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Forensic Radiology and Imaging. 16, p. 38-49 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)
  • Datasets

    Cervical vertebrae measurements

    Kaeswaren, Y. (Creator) & Hackman, L. (Creator), University of Dundee, 30 Jan 2020




    2020 Stephen Frye Award

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient), 10 Jan 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    ACPO Police Commendation for UK DVI Training

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient) & Black, Sue (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Chief Constable High Commendation

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient) & Black, Sue (Recipient), 14 Oct 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Gold Engage Watermark for Public Engagement

    Nic Daeid, Niamh (Recipient), Michael Marra (Recipient), Doran, Heather (Recipient), Roy Mudie (Recipient), Adegoke, Oluwasesan (Recipient), Klu, Joyce (Recipient), Comrie, Emma (Recipient), Cole, Christian (Recipient), Menard, Herve (Recipient), Hackman, Lucina (Recipient), Gray, Alexander (Recipient), Barros, Magda (Recipient), Dennison-Wilkins, Lorna (Recipient), Dzetkulicová, Veronika (Recipient), Galais, Virginie (Recipient), Houston, Andrew (Recipient), Inman, Keith (Recipient), Kuffel, Aga (Recipient), Laisney, Oceane (Recipient), Sobreira, Catarina (Recipient), Yu, Sean (Recipient), Zuppello, Micol (Recipient), Menzies, Simon-Lewis (Recipient), Daly, Laura (Recipient), Marj Davis (Recipient), Paul McFadyen (Recipient) & Loic De Carvalho (Recipient), 4 Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education

    Hackman, Lucina (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: National/international honour


    • 5 Participation in conference
    • 4 Public engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Public engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

    Fires, Bones and Tricky Decisions

    Niamh Nic Daeid (Speaker), , Lucina Hackman (Speaker), , Emma Comrie (Speaker), , Rolf Black (Organiser), & Shona Donaldson (Host)

    3 Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

    Inspiring Stories from Women in STEM Storytelling Night

    Heather Doran (Organiser), , Amy Cameron (Organiser), , Amy Rogers (Speaker), , Lucina Hackman (Speaker), , Zoe McElhinney (Speaker), , Caroline Hall (Speaker), , Laura Daly (Speaker), & Doreen Cantrell (Speaker)

    11 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - festival/exhibition

    Crime Cafe: Lord Lovat's last resting place

    Heather Doran (Organiser), & Lucina Hackman (Speaker)

    26 Mar 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar



    Lucina Hackman (Speaker)

    28 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Crime Cafe Dundee 2019

    Heather Doran, Lucina Hackman, Alexander Gray, Herve Menard & Niamh Nic Daeid


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other

    Corstorphine Hill body

    Caroline Wilkinson, Lucina Hackman & Sue M. Black


    31 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Mummy returns to Elgin

    Lucina Hackman & Caroline Wilkinson


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other