Deputy Director

James Cook University

Sean’s research focuses on persistent problems in the archaeology of northern Australia and the western Pacific where understanding the relationships between environmental change and cultural change using advanced studies of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sequences are central to constructions of the human past. His priority has been to develop new tools to investigate and articulate co-variability and co-development of human and natural systems. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Queensland Museum, an Honorary Fellow of the The University of Western Australia and a Fellow of the Cairns Institute. His publications include more than 100 articles on the archaeology of Australia and 5 books. Sean has conducted research in Australia, Honduras, Chile, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.


An essential item in Sean’s toolkit

“Transdisciplinarity. None of the big problems we are interested in can be solved using the tools of one discipline alone. We need to learn to speak the language of other disciplines, break down barriers and work together to solve the pressing issues of today.”

Research Portfolio