Ms Emily Johnston

Thesis title: Creating a Framework for Community Engagement in Scottish Commercial Archaeology


My PhD is researching community engagement in commercial archaeology, in Scotland. 

I have worked in the Scottish commercial sector as an archaeologist (PCIfA), and enjoyed engaging with the public at a variety of sites. My interest in communicating history, heritage and archaeology has developed throughout my studies, and in a variety of work placements, such as Visitor Assistant roles. 

I am passionate about archaeological outreach and education. I have gained experience working within the education system, as a Pupil Support Assistant, and am a leader of the newly launched Young Archaeologist's Club in Edinburgh.  


MA (with hons) Archaeology - The University of Edinburgh

MA Archaeology - Durham University

Research summary

My PhD thesis, titled "Creating a Framework for Community Engagement in Scottish Commercial Archaeology", explores the ways in which communities are engaged with archaeological investigations. 



Current research interests

I am interested in studying the ways in which people interact with archaeology, understanding learning motivations and active and passive forms of engagement. My research also takes into consideration public benefit, and the values of archaeology.

Past research interests

My Master's thesis, titled "Hashtags, Likes, and Visitor Feedback: A Case Study at Aeclanum" explored the development of outreach at the Roman site of Aeclanum, in Italy. My research considered the digital impact of the site, utilising data mining techniques to understand the digital profile of visitors, and compared this to on-site visitor surveys. These results were used to target outreach development, which was bespoke to the interests of visitors.