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Angkor Research Program

The University's cornerstone of engagement with Cambodia
A multidisciplinary approach to the Angkor region, incorporating urban society, archaeology, history, heritage and environment. We consider Cambodia in the context of the contemporary world.

About us

Along with study and research, the Angkor Research Program creates business opportunities for Australian industry and develops teaching resources for Australia's high school curriculum. 

Our primary focus is the spatial organisation, operation, social life, development and demise of Angkor in its ecological and contemporary context, along with exploring Cambodia's place in the modern world. We connect disciplines across the University in arts, science, agriculture, medicine and law. 

The University has established collaborative research agreements for ongoing research at Angkor with:

  • the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (the Cambodian national agency that manages Angkor); and
  • École Française d'Extrême Orient (the French research agency that has studied Angkor for more than a century).

As well as research publications, seminars and conference presentations, the program generates considerable international interest and has also produced an integrated database and map system for the management of Angkor.

Our work

Research projects

Exploring Angkor from every angle

The diverse work conducted by the Angkor Research Project reflects the broad scope of our interests and expertise.

Our people

The Angkor Research Program comprises academics and researchers from across the University and welcomes international guests.


Associate Director

Management staff

  • Malay So, Manager, Greater Angkor Project, Angkor Research Program and University of Sydney Robert Christie Research Centre, Siem Reap, Cambodia


Professor Roland Fletcher, Urbanism and settlement patterns

Emeritus Professor Jeffrey Riegel, Chinese history and South-East Asian connections

Associate Professor Daniel Penny, Palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate

Dr Baoping Li, Chinese cermamic analysis

Dr Damian Evans, Remote sensing of archaeological landscapes


Associate Professor Christophe Pottier, École Française d'Extrême Orient, Pre-Angkorian and Angkorian archaeology

Prof Miriam Stark, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Archaeology of occupation

Dr John Miksic, National University of Singapore, South-East Asian Ceramics

Dr Chhay Rachna, Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap, Archaeology of Angkor region

Program Director

Roland Fletcher, Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology
View Professor Fletcher's academic profile

Contact us

Professor Roland Fletcher
  • School of Humanities, Room 305C, Old Teachers College, A22