Peter Davies is a researcher whose work focuses on the social, industrial and environmental archaeology of colonial Australia. He plays a leading role in the ARC-funded project 'Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historical Gold Mining for Victoria's Rivers', which builds on previous ARC research on water management on the goldfields. Since completing his PhD in 2001 he has published three monographs, including An Archaeology of Australia Since 1788 (co-authored with Susan Lawrence), several dozen articles and book chapters and has held an ARC Linkage Post-Doctoral fellowship investigating the archaeology of the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney. In 2016 he received the La Trobe University Research Excellence Award. His next book (with Susan Lawrence), Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields, will be published by Black Inc in August 2019.