UCL Anthropocene


Professor Rodney Harrison

Academic position: Professor of Heritage Studies/AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Email: r.harrison@ucl.ac.uk

Website: Rodney Harrison 


I am Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology; AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow; Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme, and lead the Work Package on “Theorizing heritage futures in Europe: heritage scenarios” in the Doctoral Training Network CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe. I am the founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, and joint Director of the UCL-University of Gothenburg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. My current research interests relate to the role of different forms of natural and cultural heritage conservation as future-making practices in the Anthropocene, and the future role of heritage and museums in the context of the extinction crisis and climate emergency. I have particular interests in international biobanking initiatives and other forms of biological and cultural collections in relation to these issues, and how these interface with issues of colonial and postcolonial governmentality.

Research Projects



I am currently the academic lead on the development of a new interdisciplinary BA in Heritage Futures which will be part of the UCL East Culture Lab.