• The University of Western Australia (M420), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Prior to her appointment at UWA, Ambika’s career was a diverse combination of consultancy and training on international forensic and humanitarian platforms. Since graduating Ambika has worked as an archaeologist, anthropologist and forensic consultant, primarily in locating and excavating clandestine graves and analysing human remains for identification and repatriation. She has undertaken this work in Australia, Latin America, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Europe.

Roles and responsibilities

Ambika Flavel currently holds the position of Associate Lecturer in the Centre for Forensic Anthropology within the School of Social Sceinces; her main role is facilitating research directed towards the development of population specific forensic standards for Western Australian individuals; the methodology currently employed is largely based on the analysis of multislice computed tomography (MSCT) scans that are acquired from various WA hospitals. Concurrently, Ambika has been directly involved in research into geophysical methods (Ground Penetrating Radar and Magnetometry) of locating buried objects and human remains. Ambika directs the Camposanto Bioanthropology Project involving excavation of a plague era cemetery in Venice, running this as a fieldschool for postgraduate students. She is also assistant director of the BAKSAU-K project which focuses on the pre-Islamic human burials from the Al Ula region of Saudi Arabia, including the Nabatean site of Hegra.  


Population specific standards for the assessment of human skeletal remains using virtual modalities.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Forensic Anthropology, PhD, Camposanto: Plague in the Venetian Republic, The University of Western Australia

External positions

Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences

1 Dec 2018 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Forensic archaeology
  • Search and location (human remains and buried objects)
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Morphometrics from CT scans


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