Topographies of Power: exploring the geopolitics of frontier Wales through its castles
My DPhil research focusses on the significance of castle siting in medieval Wales, to demonstrate the affective and dynamic relationship between the built-and-natural environments, and political power. Using geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS Pro, I am analysing features of the landscape to evaluate their impact on the form and function of each castle. One of the primary aims of this study is to demonstrate the importance of an integrated landscape approach to the study of castles.
Alongside my DPhil studies I am working part-time as a research assistant for the Winchester Excavations Committee and separately on a consultancy basis for Professor Martin Biddle and St Albans Cathedral, co-editing a volume for publication on the Chapter House excavations.
I am also involved with the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME) programme, analysing aerial imagery from 2018–19 to identify and catalogue castle sites in Oman.
These projects complement my broader research interests on medieval landscapes and monumental architecture.
Conference Papers and Presentations
Landscapes of Difference: Castle building in North Wales. History, Community, and Identity in the Medieval World, Aberystwyth University, 25 June 2021.
‘A most comprehensive view’: Storymapping a virtual experience of Carreg Cennen Castle. Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC), Visual Intersections 5, Durham University, 24 June 2021. Promoted on the CVAC website and YouTube Channel, August 2021.
ESRI’s ArcGIS StoryMap Service in the Social Sciences, Workshop co-lead, Social Science Department, University of Oxford, April 2021.