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Ms Makanani Bell BA, MSc

Postgraduate Research Student

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Makanani Bell – Postgraduate Research Student in archaeology focusing on community engagement and the evaluation of these methodologies in terrestrial and maritime contexts.

My upbringing in Hawai’i instilled a passion for maritime cultures and community engaged research. I pursued these interests through an BA in Anthropology and Italian Studies at American University. After working in the industry for a few years, I earned my MSc in Maritime Archaeology from the University of Southampton in 2019 and returned in 2020 to begin my PhD at the same university.

My PhD research draws on experience working with archaeology and heritage management organisations in private and government sectors across the United States and internationally. These organisations include Kamehameha Schools’ Cultural Resource Department, International Archaeology, LLC, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Underwater Archaeology Branch of the United States Naval History and Heritage Command.

Select fieldwork experience includes Bahari Yetu, Urithi Wetu in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, Black Sea MAP in Ropotamo, Bulgaria, geophysics and foreshore survey in Southampton, England, and excavations in Punalu’u, Hawai’i.

Previous scholarships and awards include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hollins Scholarship, Santander Scholarship, and the Brumfit Award.


Master of Science in Maritime Archaeology with Distinction from University of Southampton in 2019.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with Honours and minor in Italian Studies from American University in 2016.

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the most prestigious academic honour society in the United States, since 2016.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholar in 2014.

ʻŌlapa with Hālau Nā Puakea o Koʻolaupoko since 2012.

Research interests

My research interests include community engaged research, evaluation, maritime landscapes and seascapes, and identity and place-based connections.

PhD Research

Evaluating Community Engagement in Archaeology and Heritage Management.

Research Description:

My PhD research aims to develop an effective and desirable evaluation framework for community engagement in archaeology and heritage management alongside those that might actually use it: funders, practitioners, and community members. A series of semi-structured focus groups will be conducted with funders, practitioners, and community members involved in engagement in heritage management to discuss evaluations and draft a framework together. The created framework will be piloted on three to five case studies from around the world to test its effectiveness and revised accordingly. The resulting framework will be published open-sourced, giving any interested party (i.e. funders, archaeologists, heritage managers, community members) the opportunity to adapt the evaluation framework to their own projects.

PhD Supervisors

Professor Fraser Sturt, Dr Dan Ashton, and Dr Lucy Blue


A portion of my PhD research is funded through Southampton’s Public Engagement Research unit (PERu) Development Fund.

I undertake the following roles and responsibilities in addition to my PhD:

  • Research Assistant on Dr Dan Ashton’s research project: Local government data analytics for culture and creativity.
  • Co-PGR Representative, shared with Max MacDonald.
  • Co-Organiser of the Archaeology Departmental Seminar Series with Olivia Britter and Dr Anna Collar.
  • ʻŌlapa with Hālau Nā Puakea o Koʻolaupoko.

Demonstrator on ARCH 2041.

Ms Makanani Bell
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

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