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Professor James Robertson

Professor James RobertsonPosition

Professorial Fellow, Director National Centre for Forensic Studies

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Tel: +61 2 6201 2870


James obtained his first degrees from the University of Glasgow, BSc (Hons ) and Phd in the 1970's and postdoc lectured in forensic science at the University of Strathclyde until 1985 when he moved to Australia. He was a senior case worker in South Australia until joining the Australian Federal Police in 1989 to head up their forensic group. Under his leadership the latter developed into an internationally recognized centre of forensic excellence. James retired from the AFP in 2010 to join UC as a Professorial Fellow and as Director of the NCFS.

James is, or has been, an honorary or Adjunct professor at several universities in Australian and overseas. He has edited or coedited a book series and several forensic text books , has well over 100 papers and has delivered numerous invited and plenary lectures at international conferences. He is the Editor of the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences and on the editorial boards of several other journals. James was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Canberra in 2007.

James is currently the Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and Chairs the Advisory Forum to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences ( NIFS ) and Standards Australia Forensic Committee.

James has broad teaching and research interests and specific interests in trace evidence and how the forensic sciences contribute to the criminal justice system.

James holds the Public Service Medal and is a Member in the Order of Australia .

Research interests

  • Trace evidence including botany, fibres and hairs
  • The effective use of forensic science in the CJS
  • Forensic intelligence

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