Geoffrey Bailey

Professor Geoffrey Bailey

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2017


Geoffrey Bailey is a world authority on coastal prehistory and submerged landscapes, quaternary landscape evolution, and the archaeology of time. His landmark research and publications have helped redefine global discourses on the competencies of anatomically modern humans and the need to integrate coastal and submerged archaeology datasets in wider archaeological narratives. Professor Bailey has field experience in many parts of the world, and in the past decade has become a leading advocate and practitioner in the exploration of the submerged landscapes of the continental shelf, promoting this new research agenda as Chairman of the EU COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Trans-Domain research network SPLASHCOS (Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes of the Continental Shelf) and as Principal Investigator of the ERC-Funded DISPERSE Project (Dynamic Landscapes, Coastal Environments and Human Dispersals). In 1996 he was appointed as Chair and Head of Department of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2004 moved to a newly created Anniversary Chair of Archaeology at the University of York. He is currently Professor of Archaeology at Flinders University.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.