I am currently the academic lead on the development of a new BA in Heritage Futures which will be part of the UCL East Culture Lab.
I contribute to teaching on the MA in Cultural Heritage Studies and MA in Museum Studies degree programmes in the Institute of Archaeology. At the Open University (2007-2012), I led on the development of the second level module Understanding Global Heritage, acting as series editor of the three course books which were co-published with Manchester University Press, and leading on the production of associated online, audio and video teaching materials. This was one of the first modules to present such materials fully online, using (what was at the time) new modes of delivery via iTunesU. At the Open University I also contributed to first level modules on Heritage: Whose Heritage? and Making Sense of Things: An Introduction to Material Culture. I was academic consultant on the 7-part BBC Two documentary series Saving Britain's Past (2009).
I co-coordinated two of the six Joint Research Seminars of the “CHEurope” PhD training programme in Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe, supported by the European Union under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Networks (ITN).
I welcome approaches from potential PhD students on topics relating to critical heritage and museum studies, archaeologies of the contemporary world, history and philosophy of heritage, museums, archaeology and anthropology and cultural responses to the Anthropocene, extinction and climate crises.
Current PhD Students
Janna Oud Ammerveld, What does Climate Change Change?
Chen Sian Lim, The Context and Meaning of Trade Ceramics in the Two Southeast Asian Port Settlements of Temasek and Melaka.
Emma Ayling, Participation, locality, belonging: Rethinking museum communities and community museums.
Constance Wyndham, The politics of heritage reconstruction in post-conflict Afghanistan.
Linjie Wang, The making and unmaking of the ethnic minority's cultural memory: eco-museum, heritage, media, and everyday practice among the Baiku Yao in Southwest China.
Laura Phelps, Experimental Preservation within Institutional Heritage Settings.
Nastassja Simensky, Leaky Transmissions: (Im)material cultures of planetary indebtedness.
Completed PhD Students
Paul Tourle, Sound, Heritage and Homelessness in the Age of Noise.
Kyle Lee-Crossett, Collecting Change/Changing Collections: Diversity and Friction in Contemporary Archive and Museum Collecting.
Matt Webber, The Instrumentalization of Contemporary Art in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2013 – 2018.
(Carol) Lo-Yun Chung, The Development of Artistic Interest: Case Studies of Gallery Visitors in Taipei and London.
Yunci Cai, Staging Indigenous Cultural Heritage in Malaysia: Instrumentalisation, Brokerage, Representation.
Nicole Deufel, Towards a Critical Heritage Approach to Heritage Interpretation and Public Benefit Comparative Case Studies of England and Germany.
Sarina Wakefield, Franchising Heritage: The Creation of a Transnational Heritage Industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.