Dr. Louise Blanke is an archaeologist working on the late antique and early Islamic periods in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially Egypt and Jordan. She has worked extensively on monasticism in Egypt and is currently undertaking a research project that explores monastic economies in the transition to the Islamic period. Another research interest concerns the development of cities over the longue durée. In particular, Blanke is concerned with the logistics of daily life, such as water management and the organisation of urban space, as well as the emergence of Christianity and Islam and their influence on the economy, built environment and material culture.
Since 2015, Blanke has directed an excavation project exploring a residential quarter in Jerash, Jordan.