Stefan has been a lecturer in the Discipline of Archaeology, School of Geography and Archaeology, National University of Ireland, Galway since August 2000. His main role in the School is as Programme Director of the MA in Landscape Archaeology which he designed at his appointment and has been directing since. Besides lecturing on all aspects of Landscape Archaeology he also lectures on Neolithic Europe.
Stefan is a graduate of The University of Stockholm (BA and PhD) and received his PhD in 1995. He first came to Ireland in 1978 as a student working on the excavations of the passage tombs at Carrowmore, Co. Sligo. His PhD research was focused on various aspects of the Neolithic landscapes of Cúil Irra, Co. Sligo, published as Landscape of the Monuments in 1995. Between 1990 and 1998 he was employed at the Bureau of Archaeological Excavations, National Heritage Board, Sweden, first as an archaeologist and later as Senior Archaeologist working with the development of methodologies within development led archaeology.
In 1998 he was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Education (STINT). This research, The Knocknarea Archaeological Project, brought him back full time to Ireland and Irish archaeology. In 2009 he was awarded an IRCHSS Research Fellowship for his research on the role of uplands in Neolithic Ireland.
Stefan’s research is focused on Landscape Archaeology in all its disguises; the interaction between people and their natural environment, and the relation between ritual/domestic are areas of special interest.