I am a researcher and policy advisor on heritage and landscape, and related matters, working frequently in European contexts, notably with the Council of Europe. My focus is mainly on historic landscape, interdisciplinary landscape studies, new heritage ideas and archaeological resource management.
I am currently Co-ordinator of the European Commission JPI-Cultural heritage project 'CHeriScape' (www.cheriscape.eu) and joint editor (with Paul Stamper) of the journal Landscapes. I am a member of COST Action IS1007 Investigating Culture in Sustainability and a Director of the Landscape Research Group (2010 - ). and working to create 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 in English Heritage, most recently as Head of Characterisation (2002 -2012), and prior to that leader of the national Monuments Protection Programme (1995-2002), from 1993 leading the development and implementation of the Historic Landscape Characterisation programme in England, and in 2000 co-ordinating the 'Power of Place' review (2000).
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 was a visiting fellow: in the Dept of Archaeology, York University 2000-2003, in the School of Archaeology, Oxford University 2013-15 and at Newcastle since 2006. In the past I have been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of LE:NOTRE, an EU-funded Europe-wide network of landscape architecture schools, 2004-2014, the MSRG committee, 2010-2013, the Advisory Board for AHRC’s Landscape & Environment Impact Fellowship, 2010-11 and an advisory member of the ESF/COST Landscape ‘Network of Networks’ (SPB committee) (2008-2010
I have peer reviewed for many journals (eg Landscape Research, Antiquity, European Journal of Archaeology, Int. Journal of Heritage Management, Land Use Planning), advised and assessed grants for several Research Councils (NWO in the Netherlands, Formas in Sweden, Norwegian Research council, ESF, AHRC - UK) and University programmes (eg Ghent), and lectured to many Masters-level heritage /and landscape course in the UK (eg. UC London, Sheffield,Southampton, York, Rewley House Oxford) and other countries(eg UC Dublin, Lund, Gent, Harvard, Budapest, Willowbank) and co-supervised (as 'industry sponsor) two cross-disciplinary PhDs at Lancaster and Sheffield, and externally examined PhDs in Lund and York.
My principal current research is:
a) within the aims of the CHeriScape project, a three year project (2014-16) with five national partners exploring 'Landscape as heritage' by means of a series of five inter-disciplinary conferences. (www.cheriscape.eu)
b) co-editing a volume of papers, within COST 1007, on Heritage and Sustainability for a book in the Routledge 'cultural Sustainability' series,
c) co-editing a Routledge Handbook on Landscape Character Assessment and HLC in Europe and beyond
d) an advisory editor for heritage on the Wiley Encyclopedia of Archaeological Sciences
In the past I have been closely involved in several European landscape-based network projects (notably European Pathways to the Cultural Landscape, COST A27 Landmarks and Eucaland), and in UK projects such as AHRC Research Network Early Modern Discourses of Environmental Change and Sustainability and the ERC funded 'EngLaId project (Oxford).
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.