• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Education: PhD Ulster University, 2006, MA Queens University Belfast, 1997, BSc Hons Ulster University, 1993. Wes worked in commercial archaeology before joining the government's Underwater Unit (OPW) in Dublin. He came to Ulster as a Research Fellow in 1999, and was appointed lecturer in 2008.

Research Interests

Wes is a maritime archaeologist, with interests in the activities and economies of coastal communities in the medieval and post-medieval eras. His research examines strategies for exploiting and utilising marine resources and their resulting effect on the coastal landscape. In addition to research carried out at home, Wes has been active in north and east Africa working in regions affected by conflict, under-resourcing and neglect.  

Teaching Interests

Wes teaches aspects of human, cultural and historical geography across the three-year geography degree programme. He is also involved in teaching environmental management and conservation to geography and environmental science students. He contributes to student field trips and residentials in Ireland and abroad.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Committee, Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group

Standing Committee Member (Archaeology), Royal Irish Academy


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