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Kenneth Aitchison obtained his first degree in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh in 1992 (MA Hons). He then worked in field archaeology in Scotland, France, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Israel before taking an MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Sheffield on a part-time basis, which he received (with distinctions) in 1998.
An ongoing research theme has been in gathering and assessing labour market intelligence for the archaeological and cultural heritage sectors, obtaining snapshot data from employers and individual practitioners that can be used to guide decisions by those individuals, employers and policy makers about the future shape of the sector. I led three major UK-wide research projects gathering information about employment in archaeology, collecting data a five-yearly intervals from 1997-2007, which I then submitted for my PhD by research publications. These data-rich publications were accompanied by an account of how archaeological employment had developed in the UK, focussing on the period from 1990-2010. I am intending to publish this account as a standalone book by the end of 2011.
Having done so much work on the changing shape of the profession, I have also developed a detailed understanding of how the global economic crisis is affecting archaeology in the UK and worldwide, and have worked with colleagues on conference sessions and publications looking at this.
I am very interested in the application of different models of archaeological heritage management, particularly in commercialisation as a process and the application of entrepreneurial ideas within heritage management and how this can contribute to the employability of individuals.
I also have enduring interests in the late Iron Age in Europe, the archaeology of the industrial transition and integrated landscape research, particularly in the understanding and application of landscape research to the urban weave.
Executive Director, Landward Research Ltd
Member of the Institute for Archaeologists
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Accredited Lobbyist to the European Parliament
Chair, Committee on Professional Associations in Archaeology of the European
Association of Archaeologists
Council Member (Trustee), South Yorkshire Industrial History Society
Committee Member, Scottish Group of the Institute for Archaeologists
Committee Member, Professional Development and Practice Committee of the Institute for Archaeologists