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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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Projects 2019 2023

Research Output 2008 2019

Whole Body Imaging

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

public speaking
skin (animal)
Open Access
Cervical Vertebrae
Sex Characteristics
Body Height
Validation Studies


Gold Engage Watermark for Public Engagement

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2008 2019

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

The Evidence Chamber - Festival of the Future 2019

Niamh Nic Daeid (Organiser), Heather Doran (Organiser), Lucina Hackman (Contributor), Chris Hall (Contributor), Paul Mcfadyen (Contributor)
19 Oct 201920 Oct 2019

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



Lucina Hackman (Speaker)
28 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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

American Association for Forensic Science

Lucina Hackman (Speaker)
21 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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


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


Comparison of Epidermal and Dermal Fingerprints in Elderly Individuals: a Pilot Study

Author: Dzetkulicová, V., 2014

Supervisor: Hackman, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science

Skeletal age estimation and the epiphyseal scar: challenging the status quo

Author: Davies, C. M., 2013

Supervisor: Black, S. (Supervisor) & Hackman, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy