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Culture, heritage and climate change
Geospatial techniques in archaeology
Heritage management and documentation
Landscape archaeology and the archaeology of island cultures


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Research Interests

Will Megarry is an archaeologist, geographical information systems (GIS) and heritage management specialist with over 20 years commercial and academic experience. He has a particular interest in (and has published widely on) the intersections between cultural heritate and climate change, the application and transferability of geospatial technologies to archaeology and cultural heritage site management and protection. His career has included time in commercial GIS and heritage management consultancy and he has worked at World Heritage Sites and other cultural heritage sites around the world including Petra, Machu Picchu and the Brú na Bóinne. He is a member of ICOMOS Ireland and an Expert Member of ICOMOS-ICAHM.

He is Senior Lecturer in Geographical Information Science in Archaeology and Palaeoecology. He is also an active field archaeologist with an ongoing project looking at Neolithic stone tool production in the Shetland Islands, UK.

More recently, his research has been exploring the intersection between climate change and cultural heritage. He is a Focal Point for Climate Change at ICOMOS and is head of its Climate Action Working Group.

Recent projects include:


ARP 1013 - Introduction to World Archaeology (Contributor)

ARP 2057 - Archaeology in Practice (Module Coordinator)

ARP 2058 - Archaeology of Islands (Module Coordinator) 

ARP 3009 - The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Module Coordinator)

GGY 7007 - Culture and Climate Change (Module Coordinator)



Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot)

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries London (FSA)

Focal Point for Climate Change at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

Member of ICOMOS Ireland

Expert Member, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management

Secretary, Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens 



Associate Director of the Centre for GIS and Geomatics, Queen's University Belfast

Member of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland (Since 2018)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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