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Research and Impact Group

IfA Council have 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.

Functions and remit of the group

  • 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 IfA

Join the Group

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

Tel: 0118 378 6446


Natasha Powers (Chair)
David Petts (Secretary)
James Morris (Treasurer)

Paul Belford
Matthew Edgeworth
Daniel Miles
Rebecca Nicholson
Caroline Sturdy Colls

Forthcoming Events

Collaborating for better research day conference
Wednesday 24 September 10.00 to 4.30 at University of Leicester

This day conference aims to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and to discuss how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects. There will be two themed sessions, each with presentations from invited speakers, followed by a practical discussion session drawing out issues identified in the preceding papers and suggesting ways forward. The intention is to open up debate and to involve as many commercial archaeologists, consultants, students and academics in this discussion as possible. The discussion sessions will also provide an opportunity to meet and individuals in the different archaeological sectors and hopefully to foster new partnerships for collaboration.

For abstracts from the speakers please click here

For the agenda and further details please click here

To book please go to

Previous Group Activities

The Research and Impact Group AGM took place on Thursday 6 February 2014 at 3pm at MoLA (Museum of London Archaeology).

Nominations have now closed but the committee can co-opt a member at any committee meeting throughout the year.

Please see below for the AGM minutes.

Impact survey - Closed

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.

We will be keeping the results of this revised survey separate to the first and feedback from the results will follow shortly.

AGM Minutes

10 December 2012

Committee Minutes

27 March 2013


April 2014 July 2013


Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446