Research and Funding Grant Facilitator
As Research and Funding Grant Facilitator, Emma develops research projects and studentships with collaborative partners in Higher Education and the wider archaeology sector, expanding MOLA’s funded research activity as the only archaeology unit that is a UKRI Independent Research Organisation.
Before joining MOLA in 2018 Emma was Business Development Executive for Heritage at the University of Leicester, establishing collaborative and contract research, consultancy, and CPD projects between academic staff and organisations in the heritage sector. These knowledge exchange activities ensured that teaching and research into heritage and the historic environment continued to inform, and be informed by, professional practice. Emma was previously Senior Archaeologist in the built heritage team at MOLA, working on building recording and analysis for the East London Line extension and 2012 Olympic Park, among many other projects.
Emma’s own research interests include later historical and contemporary archaeology, the urban built environment, and relationships between professional and academic practice in archaeology and heritage. Her PhD from the University of Leicester examined social housing built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how early housing policies and attitudes continue to shape contemporary life on housing estates.
Emma is a full Member (MCIfA) of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Associate Fellow (AFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy, Hon. Research Fellow in the School of Archaeology & Ancient History at the University of Leicester, member of the CHAT Standing Committee, and Secretary of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology.