Many members of the department are actively engaged in landscape based research.
As a leading world expert in coastal and underwater archaeology, Bailey has developed an ‘earth systems’ approach, exploring the role of tectonics and sea level change in human evolution and migration.
An international reputation has also been established for work on high altitude/upland landscapes, with long term projects in the Alps (Walsh), the Pennines (Spikins), the Vale of Pickering (Milner), the Peak District and the Cumbrian Fells (Edmonds).
Research has also focussed on the 4th–10th century in the North Sea area, addressing questions of social identity, the origins of kingdoms, ideology, conversion, and economic development. Projects at Sutton Hoo and Tarbat have charted the emergence of kingdoms amongst the East Angles and the northern Picts (Carver), while work in Devon (Roskams) and on the East Riding (Richards) have explored Post-Roman and Viking changes in society and economy.
Later Medieval and Post Medieval social geographies are also a major focus for research (Wynne-Jones), with work on the configuration of urban environments (Giles) and on the local and international dimensions of Estate Landscapes (Finch).
- Centre Camille Jullian (CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, France)
- Parc National des Ecrins
- Brigitte Talon - Institut Méditerranéeen d'Ecologie et de Paléoécologie, Universite de Provence
- Fabien Arnaud - Environnements Dynamiques et Territoires de Montagne, CNRS, Université de Savoie
- Harewood House Trust