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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Andy Howard(Chair)

Colin Forrestal (Secretary)

Andrea Burgess (Treasurer)

Daniel Miles

James Albone

David Petts

Rebecca Nicholson

Michael Tierney

Forthcoming events

The 2018 AGM will be held at 17.30 on Thursday 26 April at the CIfA Conference in Brighton. Room details will be available at the reception desk. If you aren't going to the conference but would like to attend the AGM please contact Anna at anna.welch [at] by Friday 20 April so that the staff on reception know you're coming. Minutes from last year's AGM can be found here

Elections are being held for the following committee roles:

Chair: Current Chair Andy Howard was co-opted into this role last year and is standing for formal election
Treasurer: Andrea Burgess was co-opted last year and is standing for formal election
General member: Michael Tierney was co-opted at the last AGM and is standing for formal election
General member: vacant

If you'd like to stand for election to any of the above committee roles please fill in the nomination form and return to the address on the form by 12 April. If there are more candidates than committee roles an election contest will be held. If you have any questions about the committee roles please contact Anna at anna.welch [at]

Previous events

  • The 2017 Annual General meeting took place on Friday 21 April at the CIfA 2017 Conference in Newcastle during the break at the group's session 'Maximising the research potential from infrastructure projects'. David Petts stood down as Chair but remains on the committee. Andy Howard was elected as Chair. Natasha Powers stood down from the committee.

  • 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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