My research is driven by my curiosity about the structuring elements of daily life. In my PhD thesis, I explored the ways in which spaces within Roman military complexes played an active role in the structuring of social relations within military communities. The role of spatial setting was a complex two-way process: official interest, ideology and the soldiers’ perception of unit identity fed into each other. Military order materialised in architectural form was a very strong source of power. The institution of the army made itself visible on a daily basis to the people who lived in the spaces, while the soldiers themselves held their bases in high esteem. My research explores the social reproduction of the organisation of military spaces, its ideological significance, the relationship between institutional identity and the built form, the impact of the size of the base on its functioning and shaping of relations between people, and the role of the temporal dimension in garrison life.
My research revolves around social use of space in the Roman army. Here you can find out a bit more about the individual themes I am developing in my research and, if the work has been published, the appropriate references.
I am currently working on developing a research project into board games in the Roman army so watch this space!