I am a research postgraduate working on a collaborative PhD with the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. In this PhD, I am investigating how small Scottish heritage organisations with social purpose navigate and configure resilience and sustainability in their daily practices and through their uses of creative methods.
My PhD is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).
Prior to starting my PhD, I completed the MSc Heritage at the Centre for Environment, Heritage, and Policy at the University of Stirling in 2018.
I undertook my MSc dissertation in collaboration with National Trust for Scotland: Sustainable Communities; Past, Present and Future. Can Archaeology Resource Management Contribute to Sustainable Island Communities on Canna and Fair Isle?
I also hold degrees in History (MA, University of Amsterdam, MA, University of Sussex) as well as in HR Management (BA, Amsterdam) and have professional experience in heritage consultancy, working with archives, events, and HR Management.
Due to my interest in heritage and communities, I have volunteered in community archaeology with Stirling Council including a graveyard recording. I have also enjoyed volunteering for NTS archaeology on the beautiful island of Staffa and have fundraised and coordinated volunteers and events for a local primary school.
SGSAH Hospitalfield Writing Retreat, Arbroath https://www.sgsah.ac.uk/ Awarded by Scottish Graduate school of Arts and Humanities,
SGSAH Visiting Doctoral Research Fellowship https://www.sgsah.ac.uk/ Awarded by Scottish Graduate school of Arts and Humanities
Visited the Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage (NIKU) Oslo,
Norway, May 30 – 24 June 2022
Divisional / Faculty Contribution
PGR representative Faculty of Arts and Humanities Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee
Event / Presentation
Arts & Humanities for Sustainable, Inclusive Futures Panel Member at Faculty of Arts and Humanities Live Virtual Power Panels, University of Stirling, 19 May 2021
Small Scottish Heritage Organisations: Resilience and Sustainability in Heritage Practice https://www.hf.uio.no/…earch-areas/hei/ Presentation at the Heritage Experience Initiative Annual Conference 2022, University of Oslo, Norway, 19-21 October 2022
The Past We Inherit, the Future We Shape: Investigating Resilience and Sustainability in Heritage Organisations with Social Purpose https://www.niku.no/en/ Presentation as part of my SGSAH Doctoral Research Visit, Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage (hybrid), Oslo, Norway, 8 June 2022
The Past We Inherit, the Future We Shape: Investigating Sustainable and Creative Futures for Heritage Organisations with Social Purpose Invited speaker and panel member, AHRC’s Creative Industries Cluster Programme Award Holders Symposium, Newcastle (online), 21 April 2021
Other Academic Activities
New Futures for Heritage and Society: A Scottish-Norwegian Dialogue
Member of the organising committee, Workshop at the University of Stirling,
3 May 2022
I am interested in heritage organisations, resilience, sustainability, regeneration, participation, community empowerment, (digital) ethnographies and creative methods.