- MSc, PhD
- Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Heritage
- Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology
- Section Co-ordinator: Heritage Studies
- Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA in Museum Studies
- Member of Council and Chair of Education Commitee, Royal Anthropological Institute
- Editorial Board, Journal of Material Culture, World Art
- Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Culture and Development
- Anthropological perspectives on cultural heritage and memory
- Anthropology and archaeology of landscape
- Spatial history, spatial practice, ‘sites of memory’
- Museum anthropology, history of ethnographic collecting and display
- Exhibition practice, visual anthropology, multimedia installation
- Museums and development, cultural heritage and civil society strengthening
- Colonial and postcolonial heritage ideology and legislation
- Material culture and migration, homelands and the diasporic imagination
- Regional expertise: West Africa (especially Sierra Leone), Scotland and the Scottish diaspora
Research Directory Records
- Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies
- Reanimating Cultural Heritage
- Palimpsest Memoryscapes
Current & Recent Projects
- Lead Consultant, Review of Heritage Legislation in Sierra Leone, Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs & Monuments and Relics Commission, Sierra Leone. Read more»
- Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2014-15 - 'Reassembling N.W. Thomas's Anthropological Mission to Sierra Leone, 1914-15'
- British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, 2013-14 - 'Archives, Histories, Landscapes: Surveying Sierra Leone's Cultural Memoryscape'. Read more»
- Co-Investigator, AHRC-funded 'Utopian Archives: Excavating Pasts for Postcolonial Futures' Research Network.
- Core participant, AHRC-funded 'Museum Ethics' Research Network.
- Curator, Sowei mask: spirit of Sierra Leone - Asahi Shimbun Objects in Focus display at the British Museum. Collaboration with the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Exhibition and associated events programme, 2013.
- Palimpsest Memoryscapes - a book project exploring the multiple 'regimes of memory' that coexist in the Sierra Leonean cultural landscape.
- Critical Conversations in Culture and Development workshop series - collaboration with the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (the first workshop, Museums, Heritage and International Development, took place at the Tropenmuseum in 2011).
- Reanimating Cultural Heritage: digital repatriation, knowledge networks and civil society strengthening in post-conflict Sierra Leone – 3 year project funded under the AHRC’s Beyond Text programme. Partners include the British Museum, British Library Sound Archive, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums, World Museum Liverpool, the National Museum of Sierra Leone, and University of Sussex Informatics Department. A major output of the project is the digital heritage resource www.sierraleoneheritage.org.
- British Museum Africa Programme - lead consultant on capacity building at Sierra Leone National Museum since 2007.
- Object Diasporas, Resourcing Communities – British Academy funded survey of Sierra Leonean collections in the global museumscape.
- Heritage Laws, Colonial Legacies – comparative history and study of heritage legislation in British Commonwealth states.
- Discovering Anthropology through Museum Collections – museum learning resource, partners include Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, C-SAP, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and University of Sussex Anthropology Department.
- MSc: Social Anthropology, University College London
- PhD: Anthropology, University College London
- Emma Ayling Participation, locality, belonging: Rethinking museum communities and community museums (second supervisor Rodney Harrison)
- Yunci Cai Indigenous agency and cross-cultural museum practices in Southeast Asia (second supervisor Rodney Harrison)
- Colin Sterling In culture's shadows: The role of photography in the social construction of heritage sites (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)
- Matthew Webber The instrumentalization of contemporary art in Bosnia-Hercegovina: A new public sphere? (second supervisor Rodney Harrison)
- Constance Wyndham Heritage intervention and international relations in Afghanistan (second supervisor Michael Collins)
- Ólöf Gerður Sigfúsdóttir Revealing research: Museum practice as epistemic work (University of Iceland, principal supervisor Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson)
- Dr John Manley The material culture of Roman colonisation: Anthropological approaches to archaeological interpretation (awarded 2011)
- Dr Julie Shackelford Heritage matters: Understanding value in crisis Syria (awarded 2014)
- Dr Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp Encounters of culture, heritage and development in Sierra Leone: An ethnography of global connection (awarded 2013)