Chiara Bonacchi

Chiara Bonacchi

Research Interests

  • Public archaeology

    • Theory and practice of analysing public participation in archaeology
    • The communication and representation of archaeology
    • Cultural and economic values in archaeology
    • Economics of archaeology
  • Digital heritage and museum studies

    • Digital cultural engagement with museums, galleries and heritage
    • Heritage policy
    • Museum and site interpretation
  • Medieval archaeology in the Mediterranean, building archaeology

Research Directory Records


  • 2013: Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (Newcastle University), working with Dr Areti Galani on the AHRC-funded pilot project Culturally engaged? A people-centred approach to understanding digital cultural engagement on social media platforms.
  • 2011-present: Member of the scientific committee for the book series on public archaeology published by Florence University Press.
  • 2010-2012: Collaboration with the University of Florence for the organization of the First Italian Congress on Public Archaeology.
  • 2007-present: Member of the archaeological mission of the University of Florence ‘Medieval’ Petra- Shawbak Project, with scientific responsibilities in the areas of public archaeology, medieval and building archaeology.
  • 2007-2009: Development of an interpretation strategy for the international exhibition From Petra to Shawbak Archaeology of a Frontier.

Educational Background

  • 2012: PhD in Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology. Thesis title: Communicating Archaeology: From Trends to Policy. Public Perceptions and Experience in the Changing Media Environment.
  • 2007: MA in Medieval Archaeology, University of Florence.
  • 2005: BA in History and Conservation of Archaeological Heritage, University of Florence.

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