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Honorary associate lecturer at the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW

Alan is well established in academia, affiliated with multiple universities and an associate investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage. He is widely published, with some 35 articles on past Aboriginal demography, palaeoclimatology and other key archaeological debates in journals such as Nature Communications, Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, Journal of Archaeological Science, and Australian Archaeology.

His work significantly advances the exploitation of radiocarbon dates as a mainstream and reliable proxy for exploring hunter-gatherer behaviour in Australia; and provides a number of future directions for both time-series analysis and Australian research more generally. Globally, the analyses undertaken remain at the forefront of the technique, and are routinely used, applied and critiqued across the world.

Alan is an associate director and national technical leader - Aboriginal heritage at EMM Consulting Pty Ltd, an Australian, employee-owned, multi-disciplinary planning and environment consultancy company.

Through his current and previous roles extending over two decades, Alan has become one of the leading archaeological consultants in the Sydney basin, and has undertaken work in every Australian State and Territory. He has mentored a team of ~20 archaeologists, managed annual budgets of ~$2 million, and has produced over 200 reports on archaeological sites (and associated developments) across all parts of Australia.

As part of this role, he routinely supervises large-scale archaeological excavations (5-10 annually) composed of 10+ archaeologists and Aboriginal representatives across NSW, especially in the Sydney Basin, and is well-known for his knowledge and experience in the investigation of archaeological deposits in deep sand bodies


  • 2016–present
    Honorary associate lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2019–present
    Associate Director/National Technical Leader, Aboriginal heritage, EMM Consulting Pty Ltd
  • 2017–present
    Associate Investigator, Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
  • 2017–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Flinders University
  • 2017–2019
    Associate Director/Team Leader, Extent Heritage
  • 2008–2017
    Senior Archaeologist/Team Leader, Extent Heritage


  • 2015 
    Australian National University, PhD (Science)
  • 2001 
    University of London, Master of Science
  • 1999 
    University of Leicester, BSc (Hons) joint Geography and Archaeology

Professional Memberships

  • Full Member - Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc
  • Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of London