Suzie is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow.
Before joining Trafficking Culture, Suzie worked for the Council for British Archaeology, a UK-wide educational charity based in York, as the Community Archaeology Support Officer. She did her Bachelors degree in Archaeology and Prehistory at the University of Sheffield, before completing a Masters degree in Heritage Education and Interpretation at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, 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 heritage sites and museums in England, including the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham, Creswell Crags in Derbyshire and Bede’s World in South Tyneside.
Suzie’s key research interests are the illicit trade in antiquities, archaeology and metal detecting, and heritage and crime. As part of her contribution to ‘Trafficking Culture’, Suzie is carrying out research into the nature of the interface between the European Union and the Russian Federation, and the potential implications this has for cultural property. As part of this developing research area, she had a visiting fellowship to the University of Helsinki in 2013, and is looking into avenues for expanding the research further. Suzie also has primary responsibility for the maintenance and development of the project website.
She 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.
Suzie is a Visiting Fellow at Newcastle University, and was previously a Visiting Tutor at Bishop Grosseteste University. She holds an honorary Research Associateship at the University of York. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Archaeology Scotland.
Suzie is the lead researcher on Baltic connections: an investigation into the trafficking of cultural property through North Eastern Europe.