I am Research Coordinator at Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), Research Associate in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, and Honorary Research Associate in Geography at Royal Holloway.
Since 2006, when I started my PhD in Creative Arts at the University of the West of England, I have been a dedicated art-archaeology researcher with interests including ‘visual archaeologies’ and aesthetics, public art, archaeology and performance, and the incorporation of artistic practice in archaeology.
My PhD thesis Public Art and Contemporary Archaeology in the Context of Urban Regeneration developed ways in which archaeologists can use public art alongside contemporary archaeological field methods to better understand the nature of urban change, and make new, different contributions to the process of urban regeneration. I have continued this strand of research post-PhD, with a focus on how we can use archaeological methods and interpretation to analyse the contemporary landscape towards creating better places and spaces for people.
Archaeology and Politics
Although it overlaps a lot with my other two research areas, I have undertaken a number of projects looking at the relationship between archaeology and politics, from direct engagement with politicians and political processes, to helping people use archaeology to make their lives better on a daily (micro-political) basis.
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