Rob Lennox
Research Associate



Dr Rob Lennox BSc (Econ) MA PhD ACIfA MCIPR has been associated with the University of York since 2011, when he completed the Masters in Cultural Heritage Management. Subsequently he completed a collaborative doctorate award PhD hosted by the Department of Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology. The thesis was entitled ‘Heritage and Politics in the Public Value Era: An analysis of the historic environment sector, public, and the state in England since 1997’ and examined the development of theories of heritage value, focussing in particular on the political situations which shaped them. The thesis uses this analysis to develop a model for heritage organisations to pursue strategic relationships with politicians and policymakers, professionals in the heritage sector and in other related fields, and with the public.

Rob currently works for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists as Policy and Communications Officer where he is responsible for the Institute’s advocacy work. This work means that he is well positioned to examine new and emerging government policy agendas and trends, for example, planning reform, Brexit, and Government cultural and foreign policy affairs. Other interests include cosmopolitanism and heritage, Heidegger and heritage, and synergies between natural environment and cultural heritage. He is actively exploring research collaborations in these and other areas.



Selected publications

Lennox, R. (2017) ’Brexit: Why now and what next?’ in Historic Environment: Policy and Practice, Vol. 7.3. pp.173-80.

Lennox, R. (2016) ‘Heritage and Politics in the Public Value Era: An analysis of the historic environment sector, public, and the state in England since 1997’. Available at:   

Heyworth, M. and Lennox, R.(2015) Power to the People’ in The Archaeologist, Vol. 96, pp.3-8.

Jackson, S., Lennox, R., Neal, C., Roskams, S, Hearle, J., and Brown, L. (2014) ‘Engaging communities in the ‘Big Society’: what impact is the localism agenda having on community archaeology?’ in Historic environment: policy and practice: Vol. 5 (1), pp.74-88.

Lennox, R. (2013)‘Political Advocacy for the Historic Environment: A public policy review of England’s National Planning Policy Framework’ in Historic Environment: Policy and Practice Vol. 4.1, pp.3-17.

Lennox, R. and Jackson, S. (2013) ‘What is the impact of the Big Society?’ The Archaeologist, Vol. 89, pp. 24-29.

Lennox, R. (2012) ‘The NPPF and Archaeology: A discussion’ in Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, Vol. 22, pp. 30-32.

Lennox, R. ‘Southport and the Higher Education Sector’ in The Archaeologist, Vol. 83, pp.14-17.



Contact details

Rob Lennox
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 7921 228 015