Institute of Archaeology

Dr Yijie Zhuang

Dr Yijie Zhuang

Associate Professor

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

Research Interests

Geoarchaeology; Ecology of early agriculture; Long-term landuse and landscape changes; Irrigation and Water management; diversetrajectories to social complexity; East, South and Southeast Asia.

Research Projects

  • 2019-2020 UCL Global Engagement Grant (PI), Reconstructing ricefarming landscape at the Ankadivory and Ambohidahy sites along the Ikopa Riverof Madagascar Highlands 

  • 2017-2019 Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, UK Co-PI(Chinese PI, Professor Duowen Mo, Peking University), Environmental archaeology of the origin anddevelopment of the Liangzhu Civilization

  • 2016 Centre for Research into Dynamics ofCivilisation (PI),Marginal or parallel? A pilot studyof water use strategies and dynamic discourses of early civilisations in Chinaand India.

Teaching summary


  • BA, MA, PhD
  • Associate Professor in Chinese Archaeology
  • Deputy Departmental Tutor to International Students
  • BSc Archaeological Science tutor

Educational Background

  • 2012-13: Junior Research Fellow in ChineseArchaeology, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2008 – 2012: PhD Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2005 – 2008: MA Archaeology and Museology, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • 2001 – 2005: BA Archaeology and Museology, Department of Archaeology, School of Culture and Museology, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China