Research and Impact Group

CIfA Council approved the formation of a Special Interest Group for Research and Impact, and the inaugural AGM was held on 10 December 2012.

Group aims

The group is concerned with the nature of archaeological research and its dissemination, and in the impact that archaeological research has in wider social and economic spheres. The group aims to contribute to the promotion of archaeology beyond professional spheres, and would encourage collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists.
The areas the group would like to cover are:

  • Promotion of archaeological research to a wider professional/ non professional audience

  • Dissemination of key concepts relating to impact of archaeological research and the historic environment

  • Identification of key archaeological research and methodologies which demonstrate and facilitate impact

  • Development of engagement strategy for academic/ professional archaeologists

  • Creation of collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists

  • Provision of a news and information regarding research funding and project opportunities

  • A contact point for researchers in archaeology wishing to learn more about CIfA

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members).
To join, please contact the CIfA office at

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David Petts (Chair)

Colin Forrestal (Secretary)

VACANT (Treasurer)

Daniel Miles

James Albone

Andy Howard

Natasha Powers

Rebecca Nicholson

Forthcoming events

The Research and Impact group committee invite you to join them for the group's Annual General Meeting, 3.30 - 4.00 pm, on Friday 21 April at the CIfA 2017 Conference in Newcastle.

Elections are due this year for some positions and if you'd like to join the committee as Chair, Treasurer or ordinary committee member you can find a nomination form here and last year's minutes here. All are welcome to attend the AGM, meet the present committee, discover what the group is planning next and how you can get involved.

The meeting is being held during the teabreak at the group's session 'Maximising the research potential from infrastructure projects', in room ARMB 2.98. If you are attending the conference please do come along if you can. If you aren't going to the conference but are able to come to the AGM please let us know so your name can be given to reception.

You can find more details about the CIfA 20174 Conference here

If you have any questions, want to confirm your attendance at the AGM or give your apologies please contact Anna at anna.welch [at]

Previous events

  • Collaborating for better research day conference - The day aimed to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and discussed how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects.
    For abstracts and recordings of the presentations from the speakers please click here

  • Impact survey - Following on from feedback given during 'Impact Week' and at the IfA conference, the Research and Impact Special Interest Group re-issued a short and slightly revised survey on impact. We had just over 50 responses last time and this time we are specifically targeting a number of groups and organisations to try and gather answers from the widest possible audience.

Feedback from the results will follow shortly.

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2016

AGM Minutes

12 February 2016
10 December 2012

Committee Minutes

27 March 2013


November 2014

April 2014

July 2013


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