I am a Social Anthropologist (PhD, Manchester) with a background in the interdisciplinary fields of museum and heritage studies. Currently I am a Research Fellow at the University of York (Department of Sociology) working on the Profusion theme on the AHRC-funded 'Heritage Futures' project. I look at what - when faced with many possible things – museums and homes decide to keep for the future, and why.
My previous research projects have focused on change and transformation at a Scottish museum, and museum-community relationships in New Zealand. Post-doctoral work at Loughborough University on two large, interdisciplinary safety-research projects enabled me to consolidate my expertise in organisational anthropology and work-place ethnography. I developed an applied, sensory, and short-term ethnographic approach.
I designed and teach for the Department of Archaeology at the University of York a masters-level module on Museum Collecting. My work is published in peer-reviewed journals including Museum and Society, Journal of Material Culture, and Environment and Planning A. Currently I am writing a number of journal articles based on the projects described above. Not only do I study museums, but I have worked in them including as Curator of Pictorial Collections at Puke Ariki Museum (New Zealand). I am reviews editor for Anthropology in Action.