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James obtained his first degrees from the University of Glasgow, BSc (Hons ) and Phd in the 1970's and 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 National Centre for Forensic Studies (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 150 papers and has delivered numerous invited and plenary lectures at international conferences. He is Editor Emeritus 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 the immediate past President and Hon Life member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences. He was previously the Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society, Chaired the Advisory Forum to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences ( NIFS ) and the 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 is a Fellow of the NSW Royal Society(FRSN) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) He has been awarded the Public Service Medal(PSM) and is a Member in the Order of Australia(AM) .
- Trace evidence including botany, fibres , hairs and soils
- The effective use of forensic science in the CJS
- Forensic security and intelligence
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Gorgeva, E., Robertson, J. & Hoogewerff, J., 2023, In: Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 55, 6, p. 798-814 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
An evaluation of novice, expert and supervised machine learning model classifications for forensic hair analysisAirlie, M., Robertson, J. & Brooks, E., 26 Sept 2023, In: Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. p. 1-15 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Conjunctive use of mineralogy and elemental composition for empirical forensic provenancing of topsoil from Canberra, AustraliaAberle, M. G., Troitzsch, U., Robertson, J. & Hoogewerff, J. A., Aug 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Forensic Chemistry. 36, p. 1-21 21 p., 100524.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Coyle, H. M. & Robertson, J., 2023, Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences: Volume 1-4, Third Edition. M. Houck, M. (ed.). Elsevier, Vol. 2. p. 503-510 8 p.
Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in Book › Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary › peer-review
Identifying the Critical Skillset of Top Crime Scene Examiners: Why This Matters and Why Agencies Should Develop Top Performers.Kelty, S., Ribaux, O. & Robertson, J., 23 May 2023, In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Forensic Science. p. 1-13 13 p.
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