Aphrodite's career, mainly in NGOs, has focused on applied research and project management on landscape issues, community development and heritage management. She has degrees in Archaeology and in International Relations and is completing her PhD on landscape and sustainable human development. She has extensive experience in Greece and the Mediterranean. Her main interests lie in directly linking natural and cultural heritage as a means for achieving the sustainable development of communities and places. Amongst other things, she initiated and coordinated the establishment of the Vjosa / Aoos River Ecomuseum on the borders of Greece and Albania, has worked on community-based approaches to landscape characterisation in the Eastern Mediterranean and collaborated closely with the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Council of Europe for the ratification and implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Greece.
Chris has a particular background in rural heritage, in the links between cultural heritage, land rights and land reform, and in the role of heritage in community-led sustainable development. He has a depth of knowledge concerning heritage and landscape policy, the ways they are implemented in practice and the impacts they have on people’s lives.
Chris has a PhD in archaeology and has worked in heritage for twenty years, in various research, education, policy implementation and practice roles. He worked for government, in the commercial sector and in academia before joining the York Archaeological Trust in 2017 to help establish Inherit.
Skye McAlpine Walker
Research & Development Officer
Skye has a background in Medieval and Early Modern studies, with a focus on the history of ideas and culture. She has been involved in international public art installations and exhibitions and contributed to a collection of Australian Holocaust survivor stories, edited by Alice Nelson and published by Fremantle Press in 2015.
As Inherit's Research & Development Officer, Skye works across our programmes, carrying out research and helping to develop and run projects. She also supports the general running and development of the institute.
Who we work with
We work with a broad range of communities, charities and NGOs, public bodies and experts. Our recent and current partners include:
Communities in Scotland and England, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
Nonprofit organisations and associations such as: Community Land Scotland, the Mediterranean Institute for Nature & Anthropos, Euronatur, RiverWatch, EcoAlbania, Pindos Perivallontiki, Wetlands International, IUCN ECARO and Tour du Valat.
Academic partners including: the universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Coventry in the UK, the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), the Council for British Research in the Levant (UK & Jordan), the University of Genoa (Italy), the University of Granada (Spain), and the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès 2 (France).
About the York Archaeological Trust
Inherit is part of the York Archaeological Trust, a UK charity which has been safeguarding heritage and making a difference to people's lives since 1972. The Trust discovers and protects archaeological and built heritage and seeks to benefit the people living closest to this heritage, whether in its home city of York, elsewhere in the UK or internationally.
Over the last 50 years, the charity has made a substantial contribution to the development of York. It has helped to create a distinctive sense of place for this historic city, provided hundreds of jobs and contributed over £500 million to the local economy through its heritage-based attractions, festivals and events.
The Trust promotes education and lifelong learning, including by providing training and volunteering opportunities and running a schools programme which engages with nearly 60,000 children a year.
Through its community engagement work, the Trust is making a difference for people with diverse needs. For example, the award-winning Archaeology on Prescription programme supports people with lived experience of mental ill health and those recovering from addiction.
How we are funded
Inherit is part of a larger independent charity and is run on a strictly not-for-profit, charitable and public benefit basis. We are funded by contributions from donors and by grants and commissions for individual projects.
Our recent and current funders include: the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund and Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth programme, Community Land Scotland, the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, the Scottish Government, the MAVA Fondation Pour La Nature and Durham University’s Institute for Advanced Study