Institute of Archaeology

Dr Isabel Sanchez Ramos

Dr Isabel Sanchez Ramos

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2018

Research summary

PhD Period:

At the Spanish Research Council in Rome (2004-2005), I explored topics around Mediterranean Christianity 300-700 AD formy doctoral dissertation based on funerary contexts and sacred places.

Postdoctoral period: A postdoctoral grant at the University of Aix-Marseille (2007-2009) allowed me become initiated in new topics. Working with Dr Jean Guyon, I started to explore the French bishoprics and the evolution of Hispanic episcopal sees in architecture and topography. I consolidated this postdoctoral experience as Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow (Spanish government)at the University of Barcelona (2010-2012), where I was initiated in remote sensing application with a cross cutting view of knowledge.

Marie Curie ActionsAt the University of Bordeaux (2014-2016) I conducted a project on the territorial transformation process by the topographic traces of Visigoths in France. My scientific career has been recognized with a prestigious EURIAS fellowship from the European Institutes for Advanced Study in Paris (2016-2017). I have been asked to be peer-review and referee for European research foundations.  From April 2017, I benefited from a full-time researcher academic position at the Autónoma University of Madrid within a competitive contract into the European Commission co-funded by the Region of Madrid. Beyond teaching in the MA, I regard the supervision of postgraduate students as an important extension of my research activity. The European Commission awarded me with a 24 months Grant into H2020. My current Marie Curie position IF-EF-ST-2016 (No.740123) at UCL (September 2018) is bringing me new opportunities to improve my international leadership through direct involvement in both lecture- and lab-based environments and will make me more capable for leading teams.

Teaching summary

2017-2018: Master Degree in Archaeology and Heritage, UAM, Spain

2012: History degree and Master Degree in Archaeology, UB, Spain

2014: Accreditation in academic and university education skills as Professor by the Spanish ANECA committee


My background has been strongly focused on urban development, power centres, and especially concerning on the Christianization of cities, because religion played a decisive role through new elites in shaping past landscapes. My current main research interest is based in settlements and the public architecture that corresponds to religious and civil buildings. Since my first full-time appointment in Rome 2004, my research has been geared towards establishing an international reputation for scholarly excellence through original research and dissemination. My involvements in international network demonstrate a sustained growth in professional maturity and a strong willingness to collaborate in an extensive research teams across Europe, particularly in France, Italy and UK. The awarded European Grants recognise the top quality of my research, and my capacities both to transfer and acquire quickly multiple new and complementary skills. I have successively been a member of seven different scientific institutions, where I acquired new theoretical knowledge and methodological approaches, gained more experience in administrative responsibilities, research organisation, leading teams, and teaching, thereby gaining a unique cross-disciplinary expertise in archaeology. Beyond the boundaries of my original academic background, I have worked with a high degree of independent thinking in my publications, and built professional links to generate fruitful exchanges and the enhancement of my capabilities. My research training reflects I am able to develop skills to project management and secures specific technical competences and comprehensive analysis tools from geomatic technologies application to archaeological enquires. Publications on international high–impact factor journals, proceedings and books have maximised the impact of my work by adapting me outputs to relevant targeted audiences. Contributions to the most relevant 2017 worldwide conferences in my field (e.g. Kalamazoo, Maastricht and New Zealand), are demonstrating the international projection of my career, and have been lending me to be invited to give new lectures and accept visiting academics in 2018.