Project Staff

Dr Robert Carter (Director) is a Senior Lecturer at UCL Qatar and is a leading expert in the historical archaeology of the Gulf, the archaeology of the Gulf towns and the historic pearl fishery. His CV can be downloaded from:

Daniel Eddisford (Field Director) has worked as a professional field archaeologist for over 15 years, excavating a number of important sites in the Middle East and Europe. He has extensive experience of Qatar’s heritage having overseen large scale survey and excavation projects in the country. His CV can be downloaded from:

Dr Mary Anne Murray (Archaeobotanist) is both a field archaeologist and archaeobotanist who received her M.Sc. and PhD from University College London.  She works at Al Zubarah in Qatar for University of Copenhagen and previous work as archaeologist and archaeobotanist includes projects based in Egypt, Cyprus, Senegal, Mali, Syria, Lebanon, Ecuador, Chile, Liechtenstein, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Caribbean and the USA.  More information can be found at:

Dr Richard Fletcher (GIS analysis of Doha) Richard has an extensive background of research and publication in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean archaeology and GIS. He obtained his PhD at the University of Sydney, Australia and teaches on the Archaeology Masters programme at UCL Qatar, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow. For the Origins project he is conducting GIS analysis of Doha, using historic maps and aerial photographs to explore how its districts, streets and buildings originated and changed through time, and how they and their people fitted together into a living town. His CV can be downloaded from:

Dr Colleen Morgan (Digital Heritage Research) is conducting research regarding the mobilization of digital heritage for identity formation in England and Qatar. In addition to coordinating social media outreach and digital documentation for the Origins of Doha Project, she is conducting research on augmented reality, avatars, and archaeological reconstructions as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of York. She received her PhD at the University of California Berkeley; her thesis research was conducted at the sites of Çatalhöyük in Turkey and at Dhiban in Jordan and she has also excavated in the United States, England, Greece, and at Al Zubarah in Qatar. Her CV can be downloaded from:

Dr Nelida Fuccaro (Historical Advisor) is Reader in the Modern History of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is an urban historian of the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a focus on the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Syria, and currently working on the cultural and social history of the early oil industry in the Gulf region. As a specialist on urban history and culture she has been the recipient of several grants for international collaborative research projects and has advised cultural organisations such as the British Museum. She is the author of Histories of City and State in the Persian Gulf: Manama since 1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2009, paperback 2011), the guest editor of the thematic contribution ‘Histories of Oil and Urban Modernity in the Middle East’ in Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2013), and the editor of Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2016). She is a senior advisor to our project, particularly with regard to our research on historical urbanism.

Michal Michalski (Surveyor and GIS specialist) has has worked as professional archaeologist in Poland, the United Kingdom and the UAE. He is currently responsible for surveying and GIS for The Origins of Doha Project. Michal received an MA in Archaeology from the Nicolaus Copernicus University Poland in 2006 and an MSc in Geographic Information Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2012.

Gizem Kahraman (Researcher on Post-Oil Occupancy of Traditional Houses) is an architect and a PhD Candidate who is working on the ongoing urban transformation of the built environment and urban life in Doha. More information on her research areas and work experience can be found at:

Tammi Moe (Leader of Oral Histories Research) Apart from her work with the Origins Project, Tammi Moe was formerly Head of Digital Collections and Archives at VCUQatar, and Lead Principal Investigator for the Qatar Unified Imaging Project (QUIP), an initiative to identify, document and make accessible Qatar’s primary source materials as a national and international prototype for digital collections. During her time with QUIP, Tammi was selected as one of Qatar Foundation’s 12 Achievers for her service to Qatar’s community.

Kirk Roberts (Archaeologist) attended the University College London and received his BA in Archaeology in 2001 and his MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science in 2002. Since then he has worked in the United Kingdom, Oman, Tanzania, Lebanon, and Turkey. He has worked at Al Zubarah in Qatar since 2010 and is now working with the Origins of Doha project. A CV can be downloaded from:

Ruth Hatfield (Archaeologist) graduated from Reading University in 2003, and has worked as a field archaeologist in the UK, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Greece, Ukraine and Egypt.

Thomas Eley (Archaeologist) graduated from Bournemouth University in 2000 and has worked as a field archaeologist archaeologist in the UK, Australia, Afghanistan and Qatar.  In 2004 Thomas received an MSc. from the University of Bradford focusing on archaeometallurgy. More information can be found at:

Maryam Al-Shamlan (Researcher: Identity and Social history) completed her BSc in Foreign Service at Georgetown University – Majoring in Culture & Politics in 2011 and completing an Honors Thesis on Young Qataris between Indigenous Patriotism and Constructed Nationalism. She then took the Museum & Gallery Practice MA dissertation at UCL Qatar and expanded upon the topic of identity development by writing about global-local dynamics as they converge within the Qatari cultural circuit; titled Shaping Qatari Mindsets: Globalizing the Local and Localizing the Global. Currently, Maryam is employed as a Research Associate at the Qatar Research Leadership Program (member of Qatar Foundation), through which she is pursuing her PhD studies in Qatari nationalism and identity formation. Previous to that, she was employed as a Research Specialist in QF’s Culture House project (2012-2014). Her role included leading the research team of my department in conducting social history research – collating tangible and intangible historical data to curate an exhibition platform that emphasizes Qatar’s existence throughout history in order to highlight its integral role in the region. She recently co-founded Kalimat-a local creative agency that provides media, corporate and cultural communication services.

Nasser Al Naama (Oral Historian) is a young graduate filled with an unbridled creative energy. As a recent graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Nasser brings a fresh approach to any project he tackles. He writes engaging articles for popular online and print publications, and produces a variety of local shows – ranging from fashion to corporate events. He is one of Qatar’s youngest media innovators – a social entrepreneur with an inquisitive mind. Nasser is a proud Qatari who hopes to leave an indelible mark on Qatar’s media landscape.

Fatima Al Dosari (Oral Historian) is a rising scholar and social entrepreneur from Qatar. Her educational background is in International Relations and Human Development. She is currently doing her Master’s in Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University, DC. She is interested in travel, philanthropy, labor and women issues in Qatar. (Fatima’s profile on LinkedIn:

Fahad Ahmed Al Obaidly (Oral Historian) is a Qatari Oral Historian. His role is to support the study and documentation of local history in Qatar and the surrounding Gulf region using ethnographic research methods, ethical data collection, proper documentation and curatorial practices. He collaboratively structured a comprehensive oral history program to collect and preserve intangible elements through narration for use on this project and to support the study of Qatar’s history in primary and secondary schools. Fahad facilitates access to primary source materials within institutions and private collection in order to create a persistent resource.


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