We want to stimulate thought-provoking interdisciplinary research collaborations with Higher Education Institutions and other academic stakeholders, to create meaningful archaeological legacies for our partners and communities. Our staff are some of the UK’s most experienced archaeological specialists. They can provide access to wider networks and support for developing innovative and high-quality research outcomes. 

Our staff act as research project leads and co-leads, taking responsibility for designing and doing research, delivery of work packages, and project outputs. We also actively support researcher development through applications for grant funding and post-doctoral research fellowships and in our capacity as an IRO, we are eligible for grant funding from UKRI.  

If you have a research collaboration or funding opportunity that you would like to discuss, please contact research@mola.org.uk.   

Our current AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Students

Grace Conium, Canterbury Christ Church University

‘Shifting sands: coastal Kentish heritage and communities in transition’, supervised by Dr Ellie Williams and Prof Peter Vujakovic, co-supervised by Katrina Gargett and Lawrence Northall

Elizabeth Knox, University of Sheffield

‘An interdisciplinary exploration of the social impact of foetal and perinatal mortality during the industrialisation of England’, supervised by Dr Lizzy Craig-Atkins and Dr Chris Millard, co-supervised by Jess Bryan and Diego Rodrigo Maganto

Alice Clough, Bournemouth University

‘Telling Different Stories: innovative approaches to the publication, interpretation and archiving of linear infrastructural projects’, supervised by Prof Mark Gillings and Prof Kate Welham, co-supervised by Dr Sara Perry and Dr Sorina Spanou

Leila Araar, University of York

‘Digital recording, fieldwork and craft at MOLA’, supervised by Dr Colleen Morgan and Steve Roskams, co-supervised by Louise Fowler and Dr Pete Rauxloh

Claire Walsh, Birkbeck, University of London

‘Wasted London: rubbish and recycling from the Romans to the present’, supervised by Prof Jen Baird and Dr Esther Breithoff, co-supervised by Michael Marshall and Nigel Jeffries

Pippa Postgate, Durham University

‘An archaeology of the Welfare State’, supervised by Dr David Petts and Dr Rui Gomes Coelho, co-supervised by Dr Emma Dwyer and Brigid Geist

Tom Chivers, Queen Mary University of London

‘In the Flow of Things: Encounters with the Mudlarks of the Thames Foreshore’, supervised by Prof Alastair Owens and Dr Ed Legon, co-supervised by Dr Claire Harris and Cat Gibbs

Anna Bekesi, University of Glasgow

‘Past in present soils: Leveraging development-led archaeological data to generate insights into urban soil development and soil health’, supervised by Dr Kenny Brophy and Dr John MacDonald, co-supervised by Dr Eduardo Machicado and Diego Rodrigo Maganto

Maki Wardle, University of York

‘Hacking the Big Smoke – Alternate Reality and London’s Archaeology’, supervised by Dr Colleen Morgan and Dr Debbie Maxwell, co-supervised by Dr Stu Eve and Jess Bryan