Research and Impact Group

Research and Impact Group (RIG, in short) group provides a platform to inspire and support archaeological research across the commercial, academic and community sectors. We act as a forum for collaboration, discussion and information exchange where pure and applied research interests naturally coalesce.
We seek to promote and highlight good practice to ensure that datasets are collected and analysed within the context of secure research frameworks to ensure that the results can withstand rigorous peer-review.


The aims of the group are:

  • promote high quality archaeological research, standards and good practice whatever the scale and nature of intervention within the historic environment.
  • encourage and support the formulation of research agendas to underpin standards and good practice.
  • encourage dissemination of research findings in formats appropriate to individual projects, that creates maximum impact both within the historic environment sector and where appropriate, wider social, economic and political spheres.
  • encourage writing and publication as a vehicle to personal and professional development and career progression.
  • create collaborative networks between professional, academic and community-led archaeologists.
  • facilitate the dissemination of information regarding research funding and project opportunities.

Who can join the group?

Everyone is welcome to join the Research and Impact Special Interest Group. It is specifically relevant to those interested in contributing to research and theoretical archaeology.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members through the Members area login. Those who are not members of the institute will need to pay an annual £10 fee and can join here

Twitter: follow @CIfA_RIG on twitter
Facebook: like our group's page on Facebook


Evelyne Godfrey (Chair)
Colin Forrestal (Coopted Secretary)
Katerina Vavaliou
John Halsted
Marianne Moedlinger
John Gardner
Daria Dabal
Matilda Holmes

Please note this group has a vacancy for a volunteer treasurer. If you would like to stand for the role, please have a read of the role description below and get in touch with Megan groups [at]
Treasurer role description (PDF)

Specialist competence matrix

The specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in Academia and research.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • The 2020 AGM took place morning of 10 June Online. Andrea Burgess stood down from the committee and Evelyne Godfrey joined the committee and Jane Evans, Dana Goodburn-Brown and David Petts were co-opted on as ordinary committee members, James Alborne took the role of Treasurer for the group.

Three-year plan

Coming soon

AGM minutes

Coming soon

Committee minutes

Coming soon