Dr Layla Renshaw
School/Department: Life Sciences
Position: Associate Professor in Forensic Science
My research interests and teaching combine both the scientific and social study of death and burial, with a focus on post-conflict and human rights investigations. After working on a range of archaeological projects, I undertook training with the United Nation's International Criminal Tribunal for former-Yugoslavia, working on the exhumation and identification of war victims in Kosovo. I have also worked in a consultative capacity for a number of UK police constabularies, working on human identification.
I completed an MSc in Forensic Archaeological Sciences at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and a PhD in Anthropology, also at UCL. My PhD examined the impact of the recent exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil War and I carried out field work in Spain between 2003 and 2008. I joined the School of Life Sciences in 2003 as a lecturer in Forensic Science and have since become a principal lecturer, course director for the BSc Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis, and field leader in Forensic Science.
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- 2004 - 2006 PG Cert HE. Kingston University
- 2003 - 2009 PhD Anthropology. UCL
- 2000 - 2001 MSc. Forensic Archaeological Sciences. UCL
- 1997 - 2000 BA Hons Archaeology and Anthropology. Oxford University
My research interests include:
Social, political and ethical considerations in the investigation of war and human rights abuses.
The archaeological and anthropological investigation of 20th century conflict, particularly the Spanish Civil War and World War I.
The relationship between memory and physical evidence in the investigation of the traumatic past.
Media and popular representation and understanding of exhumation and forensic science.
Methods of human identification.
I also supervise undegraduate research in human osteology, in conjunction with the Centre of Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London, concerning methods of skeletal identification, life history reconstruction, nutritional and occupational stress markers, and skeletal and dental pathology.
Forensic archaeology; Forensic anthropology and osteology; Skeletal anatomy; Methods of human identification; Forensic applications of stable isotope analysis; Application of forensic science to human rights, post-conflict and mass fatality Teaching on modules: LS1310; LS2500; LS2510; LS2260; LS3610; LS3380; LS3900
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