Rachael Carew

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    Rachael recently joined Coventry University following completion of her doctoral research at University College London (UCL) investigating the metrology and ethics of 3D printing for forensic anthropology evidence reconstruction. She also holds a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science from University of the West of England (UWE) and a MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from Cranfield University.

    Rachael is a Certified Forensic Anthropologist Level III with the Royal Anthropological Institute and specialises in 3D printing skeletal models. She is also an Associate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, Secretary of the British Association for Forensic Anthropology (BAFA) and an active member of several professional organisations (AAFS, BABAO, BAHID). Rachael is also a Coordinator with the Cranfield Recovery and Identification of Conflict Casualties (CRICC) team, having been deployed on several European missions to assist with the recovery of US Aircrew from WW2 crash sites. She has worked on several modern conflict investigations excavating and assessing human remains, and consults internationally on 3D printing research and applications.

    Vision Statement

    Rachael’s research focusses on 3D printing in forensic science where she aims to advance the transparency and integrity of printed replicas, as well as connect research, teaching, and practice. Rachael is interested in using 3D techniques for crime reconstructions, particularly the use of computed tomography (CT) scanning for reconstructing skeletal models, and the effect of using 3D visual aids in a courtroom and on juror interpretation. 

    Research Interests

    3D imaging, 3D printing and extended reality technologies for evidence reconstruction, disaster victim identification, humanitarian forensics, ethics in forensic science.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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