The Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) is pleased to announce that Dr Emlyn Dodd has accepted an appointment as our new Lecturer in Classical Studies, with particular responsibility for developing ICS researcher training and partnerships. Emlyn is an archaeologist who has published extensively on the production of wine and oil in Greek and Roman antiquity, directs a survey project in the Cycladic region of Greece, and co-directs excavations at the site of Falerii Novi in Italy. He is currently Assistant Director for Archaeology at the British School in Rome (BSR) and will take up his new role in London at the beginning of May.

Emlyn also holds Research Affiliate and Honorary positions at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) and Macquarie University (Australia) and has been awarded numerous international grants and fellowships in recognition of his work.

He has extensive field experience, having led and collaborated on a range of projects at sites in Italy, Turkey and Greece, with special focus on the survey and excavation of ancient production facilities.

By comparing material culture alongside textual and scientific evidence, Emlyn’s research constructs a picture of Graeco-Roman production processes, landscapes and connectivity; helping to place regional differences in the context of wider socio-cultural and economic patterns. He is also particularly interested in experiences of non-elite daily life and, through his co-directorship of the Falerii Novi Project, seeks to illuminate this using modern archaeological techniques in an urban context across a broad chronology from the Roman Republic through Late Antiquity.

Another area of interest is the archaeology of ancient wine production, on which he has published a recent peer-reviewed State of the Discipline article in the American Journal of Archaeology as well as pieces for non-specialist audiences. Read his contributions to The Conversation as well as on other blogs [] to hear about his research in his own words.

Beyond these research interests, Emlyn has a strong record of commitment to supporting higher education initiatives in student equity and widening participation, including as program manager at the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion (CSJI) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where he co-developed sector-leading programmes and policy on student equity and access, and worked collaboratively across aspects of LGBTQIA inclusion and gender equity as well as humanitarian and refugee mentoring. At the BSR he contributed to the creation of the Institute’s new EDI policies, as well as supporting and mentoring students, postdoctoral researchers and creative practitioners across disciplines.

The ICS which forms part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study, is the UK's national centre for research promotion and facilitation in classical studies and related disciplines. Academic staff therefore form part of a national mission to promote and facilitate research, training and public engagement in the field. This includes a commitment to establish accessible pathways into advanced study and to foster inclusive environments within the subject as a whole. Emlyn’s expertise in this area will be invaluable in supporting the institute in this most important strategic aim.

Director of the ICS, Katherine Harloe expressed her delight on Emlyn’s appointment: "I'm thrilled that Emlyn will be joining the ICS as our new Lecturer in Classical Studies. He brings not just a brilliant research profile in Roman archaeology but also a wealth of relevant experience in training, facilitation and engagement across our discipline and a strong commitment to equity and inclusion. I’m very excited about everything Emlyn’s appointment will bring to the Institute and School, and we look forward to welcoming him to London.”