Stephan G. Schmid has been Professor of Classical Archaeology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, since 2008. Previously he held a position as Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III.
In his Topoi related research he focuses on (A-1-2) Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataeans in modern southern Jordan, especially on the formation and evolution of the city. The Nabataeans are initially known as nomads. Therefore, the question arises when, why and how did they transform the valley of Petra, situated in a semi-arid region and deprived from fresh water supply, into a stunning metropolis.
In the centre of actual projects is the luxury architecture of the Nabataean kings and their relation with Graeco-Roman prototypes. Two possible residences of the Nabataean kings have been identified, located in the city centre of Petra and in its periphery respectively.
The second project concentrates on (A-5-4)  Iron ore mining and production on the island of Elba in cooperation with Brigitta Schütt.