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My background is in landscape history and archaeology, where my research has focused on experiences of weather and the management of trees across the post-medieval landscapes of Britain. More recently, I have garnered extensive experience of interdisciplinary working, particularly spanning heritage, archaeology, design and human-computer interaction, and a strong commitment to public engagement, part-cultivated within the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme. I taught Cultural Heritage Management and aspects of archaeology for several years at the University of Sheffield.
At York, I have worked between the Department of Archaeology and Digital Creativity Labs on the Discovering England’s Burial Spaces (DEBS) project, developing tools and resources for community-led archaeological surveys of graveyard monuments.
I am now a Researcher Co-I on a project funded as part of UKRI’s Future of UK Treescapes programme. ‘Branching Out: New Routes to Valuing Urban Treescapes’ seeks to develop new approaches for valuing trees in planning and management processes by mapping biophysical and spatial characteristics of trees alongside their social and cultural values. My role is to develop computer vision approaches for identifying trees within historical maps and documents in order to rapidly plot the development of urban treescapes over the past 150 years.
Having helped organise CHAT 2015 in Sheffield, I am on the editorial board of BAR Publishing’s Contemporary and Historical Archaeology Series.
In addition to my work at York, I also work for Sheffield City Council as part of their Community Forestry team.
In my spare time I enjoy singing with a local community choir and supporting the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team.