Prof Suzie Thomas

Professor of Heritage

University of Helsinki


Suzie is a Professor of Heritage at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Prior to working for SCCJR as a Research Associate on the Trafficking Culture project for two years, she worked at the Council for British Archaeology, a UK-wide educational charity based in York, as the Community Archaeology Support Officer. She did her first degree in Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield before completing a Masters in Heritage Education and Interpretation at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University.

While finishing her MA, she was persuaded to research a PhD looking at the relationships between archaeologists and metal-detector users in England and Wales, which she completed in 2009 after studying part-time and working in various heritage organisations and for Newcastle University. She has worked at a number of sites and museums in England, including the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, Creswell Crags in Derbyshire and Bede’s World in South Tyneside.

Among Suzie’s research interests are the illicit trade in antiquities,¬†archaeology and metal detecting, and heritage crime.

She also continues to maintain an interest in community archaeology and, more broadly, the role of the voluntary sector in archaeological heritage research and activities. She is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage.

While at SCCJR, Suzie taught on the following courses: International Trafficking in Cultural Objects (Course Co-ordinator), and Criminological Perspectives on Security and Globalisation (Lecturer).


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