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Prof Rodney Harrison

Prof Rodney Harrison

Professor of Heritage Studies

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
28th May 2012

Research summary

Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies in the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow 

His research interests include:

• Critical Heritage Studies

• Heritage, multiculturalism and globalisation

• Posthumanist theory and environmental humanities

• Climate change and Anthropocene studies

• Intangible and indigenous heritage

• Museum studies

• History and philosophy of conervation, museums, anthropology and archaeology

• Archaeologies of the present and recent past

• Contemporary material culture studies

• Historical archaeology

• Archaeologies of colonialism

• Australian archaeology

He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, and a founding executive committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.

Teaching summary

Rodney Harrison is currently AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow. 

Biography

Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow (www.heritage-research.org). He is Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme (www.hertage-futures.org); Director of the Heritage Futures Laboratory at UCL; and leads the Work Package on “Theorizing heritage futures in Europe: heritage scenarios” as part of the EC funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie action [MSCA] Doctoral Training Network CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (http://cheurope-project.eu/). He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology (https://journals.equinoxpub.com/JCA/index), and was a founding executive committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (https://www.criticalheritagestudies.org/). He is the (co)author or (co)editor of more than a dozen books and guest edited journal volumes and over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Some of these have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish versions. In addition to the AHRC his research has been funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, British Academy, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Australian Research Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the European Commission.
 
Rodney is currently completing a series of books and edited volumes including “Deterritorialising the Future: Heritage in, of, and after the Anthropocene” (co-edited with Colin Sterling; under contract with Open Humanities Press); “Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices” (lead author, with Nadia Bartolini, Esther Breithoff, Caitlin DeSilvey, Cornelius Holtorf, Antony Lyons, Sharon Macdonald, Sarah May, Jennie Morgan and Sefryn Penrose; under contract with UCL Press); “Anticipating Loss: Rethinking Endangerment in Heritage Futures” (co-edited with Caitlin DeSilvey, guest edited volume of International Journal of Heritage Studies); and “Heritage in more-than-human worlds” (co-authored with Colin Sterling). He is Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) 2020 Biennial International Conference (“ACHS 2020: Futures”) Chair www.achs2020london.com
 
Rodney Harrison joined the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2012 after working as a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Open University from 2007-2012. He has previously held teaching and research positions in the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at the Australian National University, the Centre for Archaeology at the University of Western Australia, and as an honorary visiting research fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Rodney has also previously worked as Historical Archaeologist and Regional Aboriginal Heritage Studies Coordinator in the Cultural Heritage Research Unit of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Sydney.

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