• m.alivizatou@ucl.ac.uk
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  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Marilena Alivizatou

  • MA, PhD
  • Senior Research Associate, EU-funded i-Treasures Project
  • Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Research Interests

  • Cultural heritage and critical museology: cultural preservation; politics of recognition and representation; museum and heritage ethics; cultural property ownership
  • Intangible heritage: UNESCO and the international framework; cultural performance as heritage and identity-work
  • Participatory and relational museology: museums and Indigenous communities; bottom-up museum-work; community museology; alternative approaches to collections curatorship
  • Museum and heritage ethnography: exhibition analysis and interpretation; examination of ethnographic displays and collections
  • Heritage and development: cultural dimensions of development; local and traditional knowledge in development
  • Qualitative research methods; multi-sited ethnography; interviews and oral history
  • Fieldwork expertise: National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Vanuatu Cultural Centre, National Museum of the American Indian, Horniman Museum and Musée du Quai Branly.

Research Directory


  • Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre and UNESCO Bangkok, Museums and Intangible Heritage Fieldschool, Lamphun, Thailand
  • Heritage Academy fieldschool
  • National Museum of Qatar (Oral History and Intangible Heritage)

Educational Background

  • PhD, Museum and Heritage Studies, UCL, 2009
  • MA, Cultural Heritage Studies, UCL, 2004
  • BA, Performance and Theatre Studies, University of Athens, 2002
  • Erasmus, History of Art, Utrecht University, 2001

Current students

  • Emma Ayling Participation, locality, belonging: Rethinking museum communities and community museums (principal supervisor Paul Basu)
  • Nicole Defeul Delivering public benefit through heritage management and interpretation in England and Germany (principal supervisor Beverley Butler)

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