Renata Peters

Research Interests

My research refers to the socio-political impacts of conservation. My main aim is explore how conservation can act as a tool of empowerment and social change.

I am the leader of Conservation and Development, a research network focused on conservation's impact in social and political arenas. I am also coordinator of the ICOM-CC Ethnographic Collections Working Group, editor in chief of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS), and I run the UCL Conversations on Conservation of Cultural Heritage blog with students and colleagues from various institutions.

I have a special interest in the ethics and the socio-political impacts of conservation; public outreach; street art; and issues relating to vandalism.

I am also very interested in South American archaeology and the conservation of material originating from South American indigenous groups; investigative conservation; waxes and plant materials; representations of the human body.

Research Directory Records


I have taught different subjects to students of different ages and backgrounds. As a follower of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy, my main purpose as an educator is to help students think critically and creatively so as to enable them to fulfil their potentials and aspirations.

Educational background

  • BA in Fine Arts, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 1993
  • MA in Principles of Conservation, University College London, 2001
  • MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums, University College London, 2003
  • PhD Institute of Archaeology, University College London, ongoing
  • Smirniou, M., & Peters, R. 2012. Characterisation of a glass bead from Lisakovsk. In E. Usmanova (ed), Liskakovsk sites: archaeological memories. Karagandinskii gos. Universitet.
  • Salomon, F. & Peters, R. 2009. Governance and Conservation of the Rapaz Khipu Patrimony. In Silverman, H. & Fairchild Ruggles, D. (eds) Intangible Heritage Embodied. Springer Verlag: Frankfurt and New York, 101-125.
  • Peters, R. 2008. The Brave New World of Conservation. In Diversity in Heritage Conservation: Tradition, Innovation and Participation - Preprints of the ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference. Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd: New Delhi, Vol 1, 185-190.
  • Peters, R. & Salomon, F. 2008. Patrimony and Partnership: Conserving the Khipu Legacy of Rapaz, Peru. In Archaeology International (2007-2008), 41-44.
  • Peters, R. & Romanek, D. 2008. Approaches to access: factors and variables. In Saunders, D., Townsend, J. (eds) IIC London Congress: Conservation and Access. James & James: London, 1-6.
  • Peters, R., Salomon, F., González, R. C. & González, R. C. 2008. Traditional Use and Scholarly Investigation: A Collaborative Project to Conserve the Khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz. In Dignard, C., Helwig, K., Mason, J., Nanowin, K., Stone, T. (eds) Symposium 2007: Preserving Aboriginal Heritage – Technical and Traditional Approaches. Canadian Conservation Institute: Ottawa, 95-100.
  • Dacome, L. &Peters, R. 2008. Fabricating the body: the anatomical machines of the Prince of Sansevero. In Greene, V. (ed) Objects Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 14, 2007.Objects Specialty Group of the AIC: Washington, 161-177.
  • Peters, R., Sully, D. 2006. Finding the Fallen: Conservation and the First World War. In Saunders, D., Townsend, J. (eds) IIC Munich Congress. The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries. James & James: London, 12-16.
  • Peters, R. 2004. Conservation of a lost-wax casting from Benin. Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration Journal 15 (2), 09-13.
  • Peters, R. 2002. Conservation as a later addition. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) 13, 64-72.

Second Supervisor

  • Brian Shottenkirk Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome. The Individual and Material Transformation in Conflict: The Great War (1914-18) (principal supervisor Tim Schadla-Hall)
  • Kirsten Halliday Imagery by default or design?: Artisan and State in Chimu and Chimu-Inka cloth and clay (joint second supervisor with Colin Peters (BM), principal supervisor Bill Sillar)

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