UCL Qatar


Dr Alexandra Bounia


Associate Professor in Museum Studies
Tel: +974 4000 2804

Alexandra studied archaeology and history of art at the University of Athens (Greece) and museology at the University of Leicester (UK). Her research interests focus on the history, theory and management of collections and museums, museum ethics, museum sustainability, the role of museums in dealing with difficult and political issues. She has been a professor of museology at the University of the Aegean in Greece and she has published in Greek and international journals and books. She has directed or participated in funded research programmes in Greece and internationally.

Alexandra has served in various administrative positions at the University of the Aegean, where she also held the position of the Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance (2014-2017).

She is also the Chair of the Hellenic Committee of ICOM (2016-2018).

Selected Publications

Stylianou-Lambert, Th. & Bounia, A. 2016. The Political Museum: Power, Conflict and Identity in Cyprus, Routledge.

Bounia, A. 2016. "Migrant and non-migrant communities in Greece: visitors' opinions on the inclusion of migrants in museum exhibitions" in Amy Levin (ed.), Global Mobilities and Museums, Routledge, pp. 227-242.

Stylianou-Lambert, Th., Boukas, N. and Bounia, A. 2015. "Politics, Tourism and Cultural Sustainability: The construction of heritage in Cyprus" in Fairclough, G. and Auclair, E. (eds), Theory and Practice in Heritage and Sustainability. Living between past and future (Routledge 2015), pp. 176-189.

Bounia, A., 2015. "Archetypes of collecting in the Roman world: antiquarianism, gift exchange, identity and the notion of time and space as parameters of value" in Wellington Gahtan, M. and Pegazzano, D. (eds), Museum Archetypes and Collecting in the Ancient World, Brill Publications, Leiden, pp. 78-90.

Bounia, A. 2014. "Exhibiting women's handicrafts. The arts and crafts exhibitions of women's organizations in Greece at the dawn of the 20th century" in Gender and History vol. 26, issue 2, August 2014, pp. 287-312.

Bounia, A. 2014. "Codes of Ethics and Museum Research" in Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, 12(1):5, 2014, pp. 1-7.

Stylianou-Lambert, T., Bounia, A. and Hardy, S. 2014. "Institutional vs. Individual Power: visitors' responses to the St. Barnabas Icon Museum" in Visitor Studies, vol. 17 (1), 2014, pp. 3-23.

Bounia, A., 2012. "Philanthropy, art and the museum: Loukia Zygomala and the promotion of Greek folk embroidery", Journal of the History of Collections, vol. 24(1), 2012, pp. 105-116.

Bounia, A. 2009. Behind the Scenes of the Museum: Museums Collection Management, Patakis Publications (in Greek).

Bounia, A., 2004. The Nature of Classical Collecting: 100 BCE - 100 CE, Ashgate Press.

Bounia, A. and S. M. Pearce, 2001. Collectors' Voice - Ancient Voices: Critical readings in the practice of collecting, Ashgate Press.