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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:

E: admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

T: 0191 334 2974

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Dr Ronan O'Donnell

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41119
Room number: 302

(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 Groups

Department of Archaeology

  • Landscapes of Complex Society Research Group
  • North East Research Group

Research Projects

Department of Archaeology

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


Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:


International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: