Geoff Bailey is a world authority on coastal prehistory and submerged landscapes, and on the archaeology of time.
He took his early training at the University of Cambridge and stayed on as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Lecturer and Senior Tutor of Clare Hall. In 1996 he was appointed as Chair and HoD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2004 to a newly created Anniversary Chair at the University of York.
He has field experience in many parts of the world, and has led major projects in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Africa and Australia, most recently the EU COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Trans-Domain research network SPLASHCOS (Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf) and the ERC-Funded DISPERSE Project (Dynamic Landscapes, Coastal Environments and Human Dispersals).
These projects have led to work across the boundaries between Archaeology and many other scientific disciplines and to engagement in multi-national collaborative projects across a wide intellectual spectrum in the field, in the laboratory, and in the development of interpretive models.
He has published over 200 scientific papers and 20 books, most recently Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf (Springer International, 2017, co-edited with Jan Harff and Dimitris Sakellariou).
BA (1st Class) in Archaeology, University of Cambridge (1970)
PhD in Archaeology, University of Cambridge (1976)
2018 Europa Prize of the Prehistoric Society
2017 Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
2017 King AbdulAziz Book Prize for a book on the history of the Arabian Peninsula in a non Arabic language
2017 Norman Tindale Memorial Lecture. Anthropological Society of South Australia
2016 Visiting Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
2016 Sir John Hood Fellow, University of Auckland
2015 President, UISPP Commission on ‘Coastal Prehistory and Submerged Landscapes’
2014 Member of the Academia Europaea
2012 Fu Ssu-nien Memorial Lecturer, Academica Sinica, Republic of China
2011 Principal Investigator, European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant 269586 DISPERSE
2010 Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
2009 Chairman, EU Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Trans-domain Action TD0902 SPLASHCOS
2007 Antiquity Prize, best paper published in 2006
2006 British Archaeology Awards in the Channel 4 IT category (Northumberland rock-art website)
2001 Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow
1997 Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne
1992 Sir Robert Menzies Trust Australian Bicentennial Fellow, ANU, Australia
1987 Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)
1986 Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA)
1974 British Academy Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
1971 Royal Society Leverhulme Studentship for Overseas Research, Sydney University, Australia
2017 ARC Discovery Project. The Deep History of Sea Country
2016 EU Marie-Curie Outgoing International Fellowship. SURFACE
2015 EU Marie-Curie Outgoing International Fellowship. INTERACT
2011 ERC Advanced Grant. DISPERSE
2011 Royal Society Newton International Fellowship. Climatic Change and Coastal Settlement in Northern Spain
2009 EU COST Action TD0902 Cooperation in Science and Technology, inter-governmental grant, SPLASHCOS
2010 ARC Linkage Project. Enhancing Cultural Heritage for Mining Operations: a Multi-Disciplinary Approach
2008 Wenner-Gren Foundation, Workshop Grant. Shell Energy, Senegal
2008 British Academy. The Southern Red Sea Project
Geoff has world-wide interests in the evolution of terrestrial landscapes and the ways in which geological instabilities resulting from sea-level change and active tectonics at plate margins and in rifts have shaped human lives, livelihoods and long-term evolutionary trajectories, Specific interests include:
Major field projects include
Current fieldwork engagement includes the Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Australia (Cape York Peninsula and the Pilbara coast), Africa (Kenyan Rift and Senegal) and Europe (especially Spain and Greece).
These interests have been supported by over AUS$8 million of external peer-reviewed research funding and resulted in 20 books and over 200 scientific papers
2017 Member of the International Workshop for the Transnational Serial Nomination of European Neanderthal Sites for World Heritage Status, Mettmann, Germany
2017 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena.
2016 Editorial Board Member, Queensland Journal of Archaeological Research,
2015 Member of the Academic Appointments Committee, University of Gibraltar.
2015 Member of the Einstein Centre Review Panel of the Einstein Foundation, Berlin
2014 Editorial Board Member, Open Quaternary (online open access journal)
2014 Member of the International Research and Conservation Committee for the UNESCO World Heritage Gibraltar Caves Site
2013 Advisory Member, AHRC Project on Early Urbanism in Europe: the Case of the Tripillia Mega-Sites of Ukraine
2011 Editorial Board Member, Adumatu, Journal on the Archaeology of the Arab World
2010 Member of the Steering Group of the Atlas of the Two Seas Project, EU Inter-Reg IVA
2009 Member of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant Panel SH6 ‘The study of the human past: archaeology, history and memory’
2009 Joint Chair of the Palaeolithic Working Group of the English Heritage Maritime and Marine Historic Environment Research Framework
2006 Member of the AHRC Convening Panel for research applications to the Landscape and Environment Strategic Programme
2005 Editorial Board Member, Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology