Professor Martin Hall is a historical archaeologist. His earlier work was concerned with the development and spread of farming communities in Africa. More recently, he has worked in the area of urban archaeology and on the comparative processes of urban development. He has also written extensively on the ways in which representations of the past are used in the present day. Dr. Hall is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Manchester, from 2009 until the end of 2014. Before Salford, he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town (from 2002-2008) and the inaugural Dean of Higher Education Development (from 1999-2002). Professor Hall is a Life Fellow at the University of Cape Town, a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts.