Institute of Archaeology

Dr Gai Jorayev

Dr Gai Jorayev

Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
3rd Oct 2011

Research summary

Cultural heritage management

Public archaeology and heritage education

Heritage and nation-building

Heritage of Central Asia

Capacity building and heritage-based development

Cultural tourism

Digital heritage

Aerial photography, photogrammetry, rapid documentation and GIS/spatial analysis

Decolonisation and Ethics

Teaching summary

Degree Programme Co-ordinator:  MA in Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCL0108)

Course Co-ordinator: Digital Heritage: Applications in Heritage Management (ARCL0148)

Course co-coordinator: MA Cultural Heritage Studies

Contributes to courses: Archaeological Heritage Management in Asia; Archaeology of the Silk Roads; Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development; Museum Studies; Principles of Conservation.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2014
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2008
First Degree, First Degree. | 2001


Dr Gai Jorayev (Gaýgysyz Joraýew, Гайгысыз Джораев, Gaygysyz Joraev) has a background in heritage management, planning and public archaeology, and he has worked with international heritage management and research projects since 2004. He recently carried out projects in post-Soviet space, Africa and European Union, and he currently collaborates closely with several international organisations such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, UNWTO and EBRD in their activities in Central Asia. Between MA and PhD degrees, he undertook an internship with the Culture Section of Asia unit of UNESCO. Although cultural tourism, cultural heritage, preservation, capacity building and development are the main focus of his current activities, Gai has previously worked on development projects with the EU and UN where he has experience in economic and infrastructure development and public health.

Gai is experienced in spatial analyses and modelling, and he leads research initiatives on uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in archaeology. He manages Digital Heritage laboratory at UCL Institute of Archaeology and works on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applications for public outreach, interpretation and education. Using digital documentation techniques for creating detailed, open-access heritage inventory systems, and for monitoring change over time is some of the key areas of research at present.

Gai researched heritage management in Central Asia as part of his doctoral work and holds strong links with heritage management organisations and research centres in the region.