Stephanie Wynne-Jones was appointed Assistant Director having just completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research was a regional study of Kilwa, in southern Tanzania, putting the growth of the town of Kilwa Kisiwani into its context within the local settlement pattern.
Her current research interests include early urbanism, the meaning of ceramic variation and the production and use of material culture. At BIEA she expanded these themes through research on Mafia island, around Ujiji next to Lake Tanganyika, and through excavations at Vumba Kuu on the southern Kenya coast. Stephanie now holds a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol.