School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Soetkin Vervust

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow


I started my academic career at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2004, where I obtained a Master’s degree in Archaeology and a Master’s degree in Geography, specializing in landscape archaeology, physical geography and geoinformatics. In 2010 I started working as a scientific researcher at the Department of Geography of Ghent University. One year later I received a fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) to pursue a PhD, focusing on the production process of the large-scale manuscript Carte de cabinet of the Austrian Netherlands by count de Ferraris (18th c.) and the use of digital techniques and GIS analyses for the study of old maps. After completing my PhD in 2016 I worked as a scientific researcher for the Archaeology Department of the Brussels-Capital Region using historic maps to better grasp the city’s history. Since 2015 I also serve as Executive Secretary of the International Cartographic’s Association’s Commission on the History of Cartography (, and am involved in the yearly organization of international conferences, workshops and exhibits. 

In the summer of 2017 I started a [PEGASUS]² Marie Curie postdoctoral research project at Newcastle University and the VUB-Free University of Brussels, funded by the FWO and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project’s aim is to assess the historic character of landscapes and their long-term development for sites in both the UK and in Belgium by integrating methods from remote sensing, scientific dating through OSL and digital data analysis using GIS.


I am a landscape archaeologist with a background in physical geography, geoinformatics and historical cartography. My broad research goal is to pursue the development of multidisciplinary approaches that bridge the gap between conventional studies (in which printed and manuscript archive sources and maps play a prominent role), and archaeological investigations of landscape features using advanced remote sensing methods, field survey and scientific dating techniques, particularly OSL dating of earthworks.

Current research
LoCuLanD: Long-term Cultural Landscape Development
Assessing the historic character of landscapes through integrated remote sensing, scientific dating and digital data analysis

Past research
ResearchGate profile