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Impact Research Fellow, University of Stirling

BA (with Hons) in Medieval History with Archaeology, University of Western Australia (2004), Master of Viking and Early Medieval Studies, Uppsala University (2006), PhD in Medieval History, University of Western Australia (2011). I was a casual lecturer and tutor at the University of Western Australia from 2007-2013, and an Honourary Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania 2012-2013. I joined the University of Stirling in October 2013.

Research Interests:
Scandinavian migration during the Viking Age, drawing upon migration theory to explore new research avenues and usinga multi-disciplinary approach to assess likely embarkation points and migration routes, and assessing how the culture of the embarkation points may have affected the acculturation processes in the new 'home'.

The landscape settings of Scandinavian burials in Scotland, with an emphasis upon viewsheds and visibility, and the locations in relation to other natural and manmade landscape features. The choice of burial sites and forms as indications of adaptations made during the migration process.

The performative aspects of burial landscapes, including the use of music, and the emotional impact that the landscape is likely to have had on the participants. See

Medievalisms in Australia and the quest for legitimacy and a sense of belonging to an imagined and geographically distant heritage.


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    Impact Fellow, University of Stirling