- The role of heritage and the historic environment in wellbeing
- The social value of archaeology
- The past as inspiration for contemporary creative practice
- Creativity in prehistoric material culture, particularly in the Bronze Age
- Archaeologies of social identity
Current research focuses on the role of heritage and the historic environment in wellbeing, the past as inspiration for contemporary creative practice, and creativity in prehistoric material culture. Prof. Sofaer is also interested in archaeologies of gender, age and the body. She is PI for Places of Joy: Heritage After Lockdown (a collaboration between University of Southampton, University of Cambridge, University of Surrey, Historic England, and the Heritage Alliance), and is a member of the Connecting Culture research team (Arts Council England). She previously led the Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) project Women at the Edge of Empire and the HERA-Funded Project Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA). She has partnered on several transnational European projects including Journey to the Beginnings (Culture Europe) and two Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. She was Co-I for the AHRC funded interdisciplinary PARNASSUS project.