Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Members

The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

Dr Ronan O'Donnell

(email at r.p.o'donnell@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

My research focuses on landscape archaeology of the medieval to modern periods with a particular focus on post-medieval and modern landscapes, and on North-East England. I hold a BSc and PhD in Archaeology from Durham University and an MA in English Local History from University of Leicester, thus my expertise bridges Archaeology and History.

My PhD (completed 2014) applied Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to the examination of enclosure during the 18th and 19th centuries in Northumberland, UK. This revealed the complexity of the interplay between global and local actors within enclosure and its associated landscape changes.

Research Interests

  • Non-Representational Theories
  • 20th century archaeology
  • Medieval and post-medieval archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • The use of historical methods and sources within archaeological research
  • The relationship between landscape, society and land tenure
  • Agricultural history

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • O'Donnell, Ronan (2018). Field Systems and the Arable Fields. In The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain. Gerrard, Christopher & Gutiérrez, Alejandra Oxford University Press. 86-101.
  • Huxtable, Michael & O'Donnell, Ronan (2018). Medieval Colour. In The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain. Gerrard, Christopher & Gutiérrez, Alejandra Oxford University Press. 742-758.

Journal Article