Professor Stephen Rippon

Biography

I studied for my BA(hons) in Archaeology at the University of Reading where I stayed to undertake my PhD under the supervision of Professors Grenville Astill and Michael Fulford. The title of my thesis was "Landscape evolution and wetland reclamation around the Severn Estuary" (which was published in 1997 as The Severn Estuary: landscape evolution and wetland reclamation). I then became a Research Fellow in the Department and completed the pioneering Gwent Levels Historic Landscape Study (published in 1996 as The Gwent Levels: landscape evolution and wetland reclamation). I then took up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship which entailed a comparative study of the changing ways in which human communities first exploited, then modified and ultimately transformed (through reclamation) wetland landscapes in southern Britain and mainland North West Europe (published in 2000 as The Transformation of Coastal Wetlands).

I was appointed to a lectureship in Archaeology at the University of Exeter in 1996, and am now Professor of Landscape Archaeology, and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Research. I am also a member of the University Senate, and former member of its Council.

Advisory Appointment:

Chair the advisory board for the Leverhulme Trust/English Heritage funded Roman Rural Settlement Project at the University of Reading (2012-15)

Peer Review College Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004 to 2013)

Editorial Positions:

Member of the editorial committee of Medieval Archaeology

Previous editor of Archaeology in the Severn Estuary

Member of the editorial board of Landscape History

Member of the editorial board for the Brepols Monograph Series Environmental Histories of the North Atlantic World, c.500-1900

Memberships of Societies and Professional Bodies:

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London

President of the Medieval Settlement Research Group (2011-present)
Treasurer of the Society for Medieval Archaeology (2008-present)

former President of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (2010-11)
Member of the Steering Committe (and former Chairman) of the Severn Estuary Levels Research Committee

Previous positions have included Chairman of the Council for British Archaeology South West, Secretary of the Society for Landscape Studies, Council member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology, and Committee member of the Medieval Settlement Research Group.

Member of the Devon Archaeological Society
Member of the Essex Archaeological Society
Member of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society
Member of the Society for Landscape Studies

Member of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History