Portrait of Dr Dagmar Heinrich Dr Dagmar Heinrich

d.heinrich@hud.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1484 505668



Qualifications: PhD, MRes, MSc, MSc, BSc, AFHEA


Dagmar joined the University of Huddersfield in April 2015 as Research Fellow for the Secure Societies Institute following award of her PhD in Security and Crime Science at UCL’s Department of Crime and Security. She has Masters degrees in Security Science, Forensic Science and Forensic Anthropology, and has previously worked at the Netherlands Forensic Institute and Office of Chief Medical Examiner NYC.


Dagmar’s research covers both forensic anthropology (taphonomy in particular) and the utility of forensic evidence in.


Dagmar is the dedicated Research Fellow for the newly formed Secure Societies Institute (SSI) that brings together research active staff and students from across the university and practitioners to work on inter-disciplinary and innovative research in the fields of crime and security. 

Research and Scholarship

Dagmar’s research concentrates predominantly on the use of Forensic Evidence in investigation and in court. She has analysed hundreds of terrorism and homicide cases to ascertain how evidence is presented and if certain types of evidence hold more value in investigation and/or in court. The preliminary use of this research is to determine the efficacy of forensic evidence to streamline investigations, research and resources to the forms of forensic science which have the greatest impact in the CJS.


Dagmar is also a forensic anthropologist, with a focus on forensic taphonomy research of the effects of fire on human remains. She has worked with the Fire Service College, Office of Chief Medical Examiner NYC and West Midlands Fire Service Research and Investigation, to determine the effects of fire on remains utilising large scale, ecologically valid experimental set ups – thus challenging the lack of realism in forensic research in order to develop a sound body of knowledge in the forensic sciences, forensic anthropology in particular.

Dagmar advocates a holistic approach to forensic science, from research to evidence in court. By Increasing collaboration and communication between all stakeholders, from end-users to researchers, this will result in directed, relevant and applied forensic research. In turn applicable research results can be implemented and utilised more quickly.



Organised the Secure Societies Institute Launch Conference – 3M BIC – 17 March 2016 – 120 delegates attended from academia and industry. Speakers included Lord Carlile, Dr Angela Gallop OBE, John Parkinson OBE and Mark Burns-Williamson OBE


Editorial Board – Crime, Security and Society


Membership of Professional Bodies:

International Academy of Legal Medicine

Forensic Anthropology Society Europe

UK Association of Fire Investigators

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Higher Education Academy

British Association of Human Identification

Research Degree Supervision

I am happy to consider supervising students with an interest in forensic science, forensic anthropology and crime science. In for example the following areas (this list is not exhaustive):


  • Use of Forensic Evidence
  • Forensic Anthropology (biological profiling, taphonomy, DVI)
  • Bias in Forensic Science


Currently supervising:

Julie Henderson - Treadfinder – review of Treadfinder effectiveness in footwear impression data collection in the Metropolitan Police

Enterprise Activities

  • Work closely with West Yorkshire Police on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • Work closely with charities Palm Cove and Hope for Justice on Human Trafficking research
  • Worked with the West Midlands Fire Research and Investigation team on forensic taphonomy research

Worked with SO15 (Metropolitan Police) on the use of evidence in terrorism cases

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member of the SSI Management Team and Steering Group
  • Organise bi-monthly SSI Members’ Meetings