Paul Lane


Professor Paul Lane is Professor of Global Archaeology, University of Cambridge and University of Uppsala, and former President of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (2008-10), with over thirty years’ research experience in Africa. He did his undergraduate degree and doctoral research (an ethnoarchaeological study of space and time among the Dogon in Mali, West Africa) at Cambridge University. He has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam (1989-91), Tanzania and the University of Botswana (1992-97), helping to establish degree programmes in archaeology at both institutions. He also served as Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi (1998-2006), before joining the University of York (2007-13) as a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Historical Ecologies of East African Landscapes (HEEAL) project funded by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant. His current research Resilience in East African Landscapes builds on this previous work, with particular emphasis on the intersections of climate change, heritage and livelihoods.