My research interests include the following themes and I am interested in co-supervising doctoral students in these areas:
- Archaeology, ethnicity and the modern nation-state (historical and contemporary relationships)
- Monuments, memory, identity and place
- The material, social and environmental history of urban public parks
- The production and consumption of cultural heritage
- Conservation theory and practice, authenticity, and significance
- Approaches to social and communal value
- Community heritage and participatory approaches
- Material culture and the cultural biography of things.
My research, teaching and doctoral supervision are interdisciplinary in nature, cross-cutting Archaeology, History and Social Anthropology. I draw on theoretical and methodological approaches from across these disciplines, and I work with a range of sources: material, textual, visual and ethnographic.
In the past I have co-supervised doctoral projects on topics such as: the historiography of Armenia and its impact on the Western imagination; Cold War heritage; childhood and the Victorian public park; the collection, curation and representation of Anglo-Saxon objects in museums; heritage conservation and management (especially in respect to significance and authenticity); and several PhDs on community/indigenous archaeology and heritage.
I am a member of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy. For more details about my research and recent/current projects please see my Centre profile.
My publications can be accessed from my Academia page.