SPI is constantly active in researching its Sustainable Preservation approach to understand how it can better build futures and save pasts by empowering communities to thrive and leverage their historic sites responsibly. Within its staff and board are many of the leading experts in the field of archaeology, economic development and community programs. We examine not only our own projects but work with partners and researchers to learn from other other examples and get critical perspective on our own activities. If you would like to partner with SPI on any research please do contact us.



Our activities in Jordan have a strong research component. In partnership with the Council for British Research in the Levant, the DEEPSAL project researches how we understand community relationships with archaeology and what information archaeologists can gather to inform sustainable development plans. Under the SCHEP project, in partnership with the American Center of Oriental Research, we are working to understand how best to monitor and evaluate community heritage and development projects and how to create sustainable employment around archaeology in Jordan.  Both of these projects build on previous research by the Tuck Business School into how to apply a Sustainable Preservation model in Jordan.

Archaeology and Economic Development

In 2012, Paul Burtenshaw (SPI Director, Projects) and Peter Gould (SPI Board Member) held a conference which brought together experts of the highest level from archaeology, development and economics to address from a theoretical, ethical and practical point of view the increasing involvement of archaeologists in economic development at the locations in which they work.  Papers from the conference, including by SPI Executive Director Larry Coben, have been published in Public Archaeology journal and by Oxbow Books

SPI in Publications

SPI has been featured widely in research while SPI staff and board members have published extensively on the topic of economics, archaeology and community development. Titles include:

For further details of SPI's publication and conference presentations please see our academia.edu page.