Institute of Archaeology

Prof Theano Moussouri

Prof Theano Moussouri

Professor of Museum Studies

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2005

Research summary

My research examines 1) how people construct knowledge and make meaning of their visits to museums, embodied approaches to museum experiences, and how these fit in their socio-cultural lives, 2) the use of mobile technology in audience research, 3)  computer-supported collaborative exhibition development, and 4) developing context-appropriate and culturally responsive qualitative research methodologies and responsible Research and Innovation practices. I have also been active in synthesising evidence to coalesce it into frameworks for policy-makers and practitioners. More recently, I have been conducting research on food heritage and its role in transitioning to present-day sustainable food systems.

Teaching summary

I teach and supervise doctoral research on all of the above research areas and topics. I also supervise the development of student-led exhibition projects, run in collaboration with the Contemporary Science Unit of the Science Museum, London. I am co-ordinator of the Museum Studies Placements and the MA Museum Studies programme.


University of Leicester
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1997
University of Leicester
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1993
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching | 1991
University of Athens
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1991


I am an Associate Professor in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology. I hold a BA in Education Studies from the University of Athens, and an MA and a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Before joining UCL, I worked for the Audience Research Unit of the Science Museum in London on a number of large-scale exhibition projects including the Wellcome Wing. Between 1999 and 2004 I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Museums and Gallery Education at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester, where I was involved in developing the Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs) Framework. I am currently Associate Editor for Museum & Society, and for Curator: The Museums Journal. I sit on the Editorial Board of the Science Museum Group Journal.