Senior Research Fellow
Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
Co-PI, Maritime Asia Heritage Survey
Patrick Daly is a Senior Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University. He completed a Dphil in landscape archaeology at the University of Oxford followed by post-doctoral positions at Cambridge University and the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He uses a combination of anthropological, archaeological, and geological methods to study long-term human-environmental interactions; adaptation to environmental change; societal responses to natural hazards (past and present); and the relationship between environmental change and cultural heritage. Daly has worked extensively on issues of recovery, reconstruction, and adaptation in the aftermath of both human and natural disasters. He has spent the past 20 years working on major research projects in the Middle East and Asia, including directing a ten-year study of the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia, and a five-year investigation of the rebuilding of historical urban settlements in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal following the 2015 earthquakes. Daly has authored or contributed to over 60 journal articles, with recent papers in PNAS, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Antiquity. Additionally, he was lead editor of the Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia (2012) and Rebuilding Asia Following Natural Disasters (Cambridge University Press 2016). Daly was Co-Director of the Maldives Heritage Survey and continues in that same role for the Maritime Asia Heritage Survey.