Call for expressions of interest: Qualitative inequalities research for the archaeology sector

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) has received funding from Historic England to support a project to conduct qualitative research amongst the archaeological profession and student population studying archaeology. This research will help us understand a person’s social background and influences, and the events along their journey through archaeology to try and ascertain what the barriers and incentives were to the development of their career. 

The research will provide authoritative evidence from several appropriate formats, to: 

  • provide a baseline against which future progress can be measured/monitored 
  • gain a deeper understanding of the structural issues within the profession 
  • allow CIfA’s Board of Directors to make decisions for taking forward any recommendations within its wider equality, diversity and inclusion strategy 

Project information
This project will gather qualitative data from archaeologists/heritage professionals, and we welcome a creative and rigorous approach to the study. The people to be included in the research will include both members and non-members of CIfA, and should include both the working population and the student population, to understand differences between these groups – for example, which groups are more diverse, and is there a drop-off point between students and the employed?  

The project is funded by Historic England and CIfA and the total value of work is estimated to be in the region of £20,000 inclusive of VAT and inclusive of expenses.

Further information about the project including anticipated timeing and consultant requirements can be downloaded from the following link

Expressions of interest are welcome from organisations and individuals who can demonstrate the consultant requirements. Please give details of your/the proposed project team’s relevant experience, availability and chargeable rates and send to by 5pm on 21 January 2022.

Proposals will be assessed by the Project Board against the criteria outlined and submission of supporting information.