John Schofield holds a Ph.D in prehistoric archaeology from Southampton University in England. He was employed for 21 years by English Heritage. In 2010, he was appointed the director of cultural heritage management studies at the University of York, and from 2012 to 2018, he served as head of the department of archaeology. Schofield is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He is also a docent in contemporary archaeology and cultural heritage in the archaeology department at Turku University in Finland, an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Australia, and a senior research fellow at Flinders University in Australia. His current research interests include social significance, cultural heritage participation and well-being, technological landscapes, music and place, and the application of archaeological methods to tackle marine plastic pollution.