Research and Impact Group

AGM 2022

Our AGM is booked! Please join us on Sunday 31 July at 1pm, London time. Register your place here:

We also have nominations open for group memebrs to join the committee as Secretary, Treasurer or one of three ordinary committee members (OCM). If you would be interested in joining the committee, please have a read of the roles descriptions below (requires login) and return your nomination form to Megan.Keates [at] by 21 July.

Secretary role description (PDF)
Treasurer role description (PDF)
Committee member role description (PDF)
Nomination Form (DOC)

What is the purpose of the Research and Impact group?

The group provides a platform to inspire and support archaeological research across the commercial, academic and community sectors. It acts as a forum for collaboration, discussion and information exchange where pure and applied research interests naturally coalesce.
We seek to promote and highlight good practice to ensure that datasets are collected and analysed within the context of secure research frameworks to ensure that the results can withstand rigorous peer-review.


The aims of the group are:

  • promote high quality archaeological research, standards and good practice whatever the scale and nature of intervention within the historic environment.
  • encourage and support the formulation of research agendas to underpin standards and good practice.
  • encourage dissemination of research findings in formats appropriate to individual projects, that creates maximum impact both within the historic environment sector and where appropriate, wider social, economic and political spheres.
  • encourage writing and publication as a vehicle to personal and professional development and career progression.
  • create collaborative networks between professional, academic and community-led archaeologists.
  • facilitate the dissemination of information regarding research funding and project opportunities.

Who can join the group?

Everyone is welcome to join the Research and Impact Special Interest Group. It is specifically relevant to those interested in contributing to research and theoretical archaeology.

Join the Group

Membership of the group is free to CIfA members. Non-CIfA members will need to pay an annual £10 fee.
You can also use groups [at] to get in touch with the committee.

Twitter: follow @CIfA_RIG on twitter
Facebook: like our group's page on Facebook


Evelyne Godfrey (Chair)
Colin Forrestal (Secretary)
Katerina Vavaliou
John Halsted
Marianne Moedlinger

Please note this group has a vacancy for a volunteer Treasurer. If you would like to stand for the role, please let Megan know via Megan.Keates [at]

Specialist competence matrix

The specialist matrix is to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in Academia and research.

Forthcoming events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • The 2020 AGM took place morning of 10 June Online. Andrea Burgess stood down from the committee and Evelyne Godfrey joined the committee and Jane Evans, Dana Goodburn-Brown and David Petts were co-opted on as ordinary committee members, James Alborne took the role of Treasurer for the group.

  • The 2017 Annual General meeting took place on Friday 21 April at the CIfA 2017 Conference in Newcastle during the break at the group's session 'Maximising the research potential from infrastructure projects'. David Petts stood down as Chair but remains on the committee. Andy Howard was elected as Chair. Natasha Powers stood down from the committee.

  • Collaborating for better research day conference - The day aimed to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and discussed how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects.
    For abstracts and recordings of the presentations from the speakers please click here

Three-year plan

To be updated soon.

AGM minutes

To be updated soon.

Committee minutes

To be updated soon.