• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

1995 …2024

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Associate Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences

Colin teaches aspects of conflict, environmental and landscape change and development on the geography and environmental science degrees. He is course director for the Combined Subjects degree programmes, undergraduate Geography programmes, and leads the annual 2nd year fieldschool to Cyprus and the 3rd year programme to Catalonia.

Research Interests

Colin’s research focusses on historic landscape and societal change, environment and conflict, and the historical archaeologies of past maritime societies. He is currently engaged in research across the Middle East and Africa, as well as across the Atlantic maritime zone of NW Europe.

Elected Fellow Society of Antiquaries (FSA) 2006

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Current and Recent Grants

2019-23: Maritime endangered archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (MarEA). Co. PI: C Breen. The Arcadia Fund. £2m (with Southampton University)

2017-2022: Rising from the depths: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits. RCUK Global Challenges Fund Co I C Breen £2.4m (led by Edinburgh University)

2017-18 Syria Coastal Heritage Management and Environmental Change. PI C Breen. HFF £68,000.

2013-14 Heritage, Community and Sustainability. PI C Breen. AHRC £79,493.

2013-14 Ulster and Western Scotland heritage and community sustainability. PI C Breen. AHRC £53,082.

2012-15: Climate change, maritime and freshwater archaeology services. PI: C Breen. Co-Is: W Forsythe and R Quinn. Funding: NI Environment Agency. £390,000

2012-13 Community-led heritage knowledge co-production for sustainable development. PI C Breen. AHRC £18,990

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, National University of Ireland, Galway

Unknown, Postgraduate Certificate Conflict, Open University

Master, MSc

Bachelor, University College Cork

Master, MPhil, University of St Andrews


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