I am a researcher and policy advisor on heritage and landscape, and related matters, working frequently in European contexts. I am joint editor (with Paul Stamper) of the journal Landscapes, a member of COST action IS1007 (http://www.culturalsustainability.eu/ and http://www.cost.esf.org/domains_actions/isch/Actions/IS1007) and closely involved with the creation of a European Landscape Forum with ESF/COST support in the context of the ESF/COST Science Policy Briefing 'Landscape in a Changing World' (2010).
Until March 2012, after a long career in heritage management and landscape research, I was Head of Characterisation at English Heritage and before that I led the national Monuments Protection Programme. Since 1993 I led the development and implementaton to almost full coverae in England, of Historic Landscape Characterisation. My activities and research focus mainly on historic landscape, interdisciplinary landscape studies, heritage and archaeological resource management.
I have served in succession on the Councils of the Institute of Field Archaeologists, the Society of Antiquaries of London and the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and was a member of the COST/ESF committee charged with producing the ESF/COST Science Policy Briefing ‘Landscape in a Changing World’, which I co-authored.
I am currently a member of the
During the last 25 years I have worked on a range of projects from co-writing PPG16 and developing EH policy on sustainability and the historic environment, to historic landscape and countryside matters, and I have worked closely with the implementation across Europe in conjunction with the Council of Europe of both the European Landscape Convention and the Faro Convention on the value of cultural heritage for society.
I have been closely involved in several European landscape-based network projects (notably European Pathways to the Cultural Landscape, COST A27 Landmarks and Eucaland).
I am a member of grant advisory panels for the ESF, the Norwegian Research Council and the Netherlands Council for the Humanities.
Current projects in which I am involved include the AHRC Research Network Early Modern Discourses of Environmental Change and Sustainability.