- Scottish architecture
- British Medieval manuscripts
- Pictish sculpture
- Medieval decorative ironwork
Current research: The Early Medieval Sculpture of St Andrews, for Historic Environment Scotland.
Previous recent projects
Investigated 'Earliest Portrait of St Columba' in St Gallen Library, Cod Sang 555.
The early medieval stones at Tullich Church, Aberdeenshire
Principal Investigator for the Buildings of Scotland, Leverhulme Award
This award produced 2 volumes in the Buildings of Scotland series:
- Aberdeenshire: North and Moray;
- Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen.
The research fellows were three architecural historians: Joseph Sharples, Dr David Walker and Dr Matthew Woodworth. Published by Yale University Press, 2014.
Historic Environment Scotland
Academic advisor for the design of St Vigeans Museum, Arbroath, Angus. Author of Hunting Picts: Medieval Sculpture at St Vigeans, Angus, 2 vols, 2017
Leverhulme Research Award: to produce two volumes for the Buildings of Scotland Series, Aberdeenshire and North-East Scotland. 2008 - 2014.
AHRB award to produce the St Albans Psalter website.