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Research Associates

CAA staff and research associates after a meeting

Please contact CAA if you would like to become a CAA-RA.

CAA has a network of over 25 Research Associates (CAA-RAs), a dynamic group former and current students or staff from the Institute of Archaeology. Though the majority are based in the UK, their experience is international, with several of our RAs are based abroad (The Netherlands, Denmark, USA, Greece and Afghanistan). Their professional and academic backgrounds are wide ranging; many are currently undertaking Doctoral research or are staff at universities in the UK and abroad (UCL, Essex, Southern Denmark, Leiden).

The majority of UK-based RAs work at World Heritage Sites; heritage, archaeological and architectural consultancies; museums; and, organisations such as ICOMOS, ICON, IfA, The National Trust, the Thames Discovery Programme and The Portable Antiquity Scheme. The RAs meet annually when they offer peer support and networking opportunities.

Some of our Research Associates:


Anastasia Sakellariadi, PhD.

Anastasia received her PhD from the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) in 2011. Her thesis focused on the socio-economic and political role of Greek archaeology in local communities. She also co-ordinated and edited the Philippi Management Plan (Greece) for this site’s inscription on the World Heritage List. Previously she has worked on research projects involving excavation, ethnographic research, documentation and digitisation.

Stelios Lekakis, PhD.

Stelios undertook an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites (UCL). He now works as a consultant in Greece, focusing on sustainable strategies of managing archaeological sites in island and urban environments and the role of local communities, which are also the focus of his PhD (University of Athens 2012). He has worked with NGOs and University Departments on various heritage projects and excavations and is the project manager of ‘the MuA Project’ (www.mua.gr/).

Elliot Wragg, Field Officer for the Thames Discovery Programme

Elliot has an MA in Maritime Archaeology from UCL and has since worked as an Archaeological Site Assistant for the Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit before becoming a Senior Archaeologist for Pre-Construct Archaeology. More recently he worked as a freelance site supervisor and project manager on sites in the South-East of England, before becoming Field Officer for the Thames Discovery Programme. He is also a Trustee Director of the Nautical Archaeology Society.

Nigel Hetherington, Director of Past Preservers Media Agency.

Nigel is a graduate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and is the co-author with Dr. Kent Weeks of The Valley of the Kings Site Masterplan. He founded Past Preservers in 2005 to provide professional consultancy to the heritage and media industries. Nigel resolutely nurtured his design to facilitate and support the happy marriage of rigorous and scientific archaeology to innovative and (dare we say) entertaining film and media projects.

Ole Gron, Centre for Maritime and Regional Studies, University of Southern Denmark

Ole’s areas of interest and expertise include acoustic and spectral remote sensing, maritime archaeology in submerged Stone Age landscapes, hunter-gatherer ethnoarchaeology, Mesolithic and late Palaeolithic archaeology, practical and ideological aspects of territoriality and non-verbal communication in small-scale settings. He has extensive field experience and is a Honorary Doctor of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Hana Koreich, Phd. Candidate

Hana’s research focuses on power relations and narratives in the archaeological discipline and how they influence the development of large regional networks, using New York and London as case studies. Her other interests include urban archaeological management; regional and international networking; organisational behaviour and knowledge management; world systems theory and globalisation effects on the archaeological discipline.

Jill Hummerstone, Phd. Candidate

Jill has spent six years as field archaeologist and twelve years at English Heritage (most recently as a grants fund advisor for the ALSF). As an MA student at IoA she developed interests in community-led projects, conflict archaeology, contested and contentious heritage, archaeology of marginalised groups, management issues.

Caroline Sandes, Co-director of the Barbican project

Caroline has twenty years of field and academic experience in Ireland, Australia and the UK, including historic buildings and post-excavation research and reports. Her PhD (UCL) research focuses on the conservation of archaeological sites within the context of post-war redevelopment. Caroline is currently co-directing the Barbican Project which examines the socio-cultural, economic and political importance of the Barbican Estate, London, to its local community and others.

Akira Matsuda, Lecturer Cultural Heritage Studies, University of East Anglia

Akira Matsuda is a Japanese Archaeology Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. His research interests are in the meaning, (re)presentation and use of the past in contemporary society. He completed his PhD in Public Archaeology at UCL and currently teaches Cultural Heritage in Japan at UEA. He is the Membership Secretary of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC).

Lynn Cassells, National Trust, Buckingamshire

Lynn works for the National Trust as an Area Ranger at Cliveden Properties. She studied the MA Managing Archaeological Sites (Distinction) at UCL and previously a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology. Lynn has a wide range of experience including site management and public engagement with a particular interest in woodland archaeology.

Camille Czerkowicz, South Street Seaport Museum

Camille Czerkowicz (MA Public Archaeology, MA Political Science) is a content development and strategic planning specialist for museums and archaeological sites. Since studying at the Institute of Archaeology she has worked on three continents on issues of heritage preservation including for UNESCO's Cluster Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  She is currently Curatorial Associate, managing the Exhibitions and Public Programs departments at the South Street Seaport Museum.

Henry Fletcher, Architect / Urban Designer

Henry qualified as an Architect at UCL in 2005 and currently lives in London. He has worked on Cultural Heritage and Urban Planning projects in Europe, South, Central and East Asia, West Africa and the Middle East. He has a Masters degree in Urbanism from the London School of Economics. Henry’s other interests include earthen architecture and he completed a provisional design for an interpretation centre at Merv, although this project was never funded.

Paul Burtenshaw, PhD. Candidate

Paul’s PhD. researches how economic data is used as part of archaeological policy and preservation strategies. He has previously completed economic impact assessments of tourism to sites and has experience in the use of impact assessments as part of advocacy and sustainable tourism design. Paul also worked for several years in the heritage tourism industry.

Kenneth Aitchison, Freelance

Kenneth manages a social enterprise, working with employers, individuals and heritage agencies to design and manage training and research projects that deliver social, environmental and economic benefits. His interests include models of archaeological heritage management, employment in archaeology, applied archaeology in the global economic crisis and the development of e-learning for continuing professional development.

Joe Flatman, PhD, English Heritage

Joe is Head of Central Casework and Programmes at English Heritage, working as one of the three managers who focus on nationally significant historic sites. Prior to 2012 Joe was both the County Archaeologist of Surrey (2006-12) and a Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology (2005-12). Between 2004-05 Joe lectured in maritime archaeology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, and between 2003-04 in medieval archaeology at Cardiff University. He has a BA, MA and PhD, all in Archaeology from the University of Southampton.

Kyle Leonard, MA

Kyle is a field archaeologist and alumnus of the Managing Sites program at the IoA. He has a particular interest in condition assessments and on-site conservation techniques for research excavations. Most recently he has developed a museum gallery plan for Tel Bet Yerah and designed and implemented conservation strategies at Tel Megiddo, including the construction of both its first protective shelter and a backfill system adapted to preserve vertical architecture.

Kelly Krause, MA, Founder and Director of Heritage in Action LLC

Kelly grew up in Northern California which allowed her to explore the places left behind by pioneers and early Spanish settlers, as well as Native Californian tribal traditions, but it was her first journey to Egypt in 2002 that sparked her love for living heritage and community engagement. Kelly is a graduate of Boston University and the Institute of Archaeology.. She has worked throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America with non-profits, government institutions and media networks. She currently serves as an Associate Trustee for the Egyptian Cultural Heritage Organization (ECHO).

Camilla Massara, MA, Institute for Archaeologists

Camilla graduated at UCL with an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies in 2003 and has been working in challenging cultural environments ever since. Camilla has worked for several years as Membership and Events Coordinator for the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-UK). She has since moved into a challenging role with the Institute for Archaeologists where she is responsible for supporting IfA’s membership and Special Interest Groups. Camilla speaks several languages and has a special interest in sustainable/cultural tourism and using heritage as a driver for international development, as well as being passionate about intangible heritage documentation.

Sjoerd van der Linde, PhD, Commonsites

Sjoerd van der Linde obtained his MA Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL in 2004, and worked from 2005-2007 as a Research Assistant Managing Archaeological Sites and as Head of Site Management & Interpretation at the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology. In 2012, Sjoerd obtained his PhD cum laude at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden University on an ethnographic research of international heritage practices. Presently, Sjoerd is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University in the field of archaeological heritage management, where he is a researcher in the EU Synergy project Nexus 1492. He has an ancillary position as General Director of Foundation CommonSites. His research interests include heritage management, ethnographic research and new media applications in community archaeology.

Rui Pang, PhD Candidate

Rui is currently pursuing her PhD on the subject of decision making system and stakeholder involvement in heritage management in China, after completing her MA in Managing Archaeological Sites at the Institute of Archaeology in 2005.  Before coming to UCL Rui was a lecturer at the Northwest University in Xi’an, China, where she was employed for seven years after her archaeology undergraduate training.  Rui continues to work for the Northwest University, and is also the administrative officer responsible for the UCL International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA).

James Doeser, freelance researcher and consultant

Until 2013, James was a senior researcher at the Arts Council where he led a variety of research projects to inform policy and strategy across the cultural sector. James has a background in archaeology and his PhD examined the evolution of archaeology public policy in England. Before joining the Arts Council, James worked at the Council for British Archaeology where he worked on a range of public engagement activities and was an editorial assistant for British Archaeology magazine. James also spent a short time at the BBC developing archaeology TV programmes. James is currently on the advisory board of the journal, Cultural Trends.

Sarah McCarthy, PhD

Having worked for many years in leisure tourism and cultural heritage, and with academic qualifications in communications and archaeology, Sarah has a wealth of expertise in planning and delivering quality visitor experience, particularly as it relates to the historic environment. Sarah has just completed a 2 ½ year contract with the National Trust in the joint roles of Project Manager for the National Trust element of the Princes of Gwynedd heritage tourism project and Visitor Experience Consultant for the new Porth y Swnt Visitor Centre in Aberdaron. Sarah is now freelance, working as a Project Manager and Cultural Heritage Consultant.