TitleFirst NameLast NameDeptHEISummary of Research InterestsWebpageEmail
JaneAlveyEast Anglia Film ArchiveUEACurator
DrDonnaArnoldSchool of Physical SciencesKentCo-Director of Centre for Heritage. The synthesis and characterisation of functional oxide materials (both bulk and nanomaterials) with particular interest in the combination of magnetic and ferroelectric properties to form novel multiferroic materials. Has worked on the Mary Rose.
ProfMatthiasAssunçãoDept of HistoryEssexPart of the Capoeira History Project ( The project is systematically collecting material from local sound, image and newspaper archives to complement and corroborate personal testimonies from people involved in Afro-Brazilian martial art. The collected material is organised and stored in digital format, in close collaboration with project partner, the Laboratory of Oral History and Image (LABHOI) at the Federal Fluminense University.
NatalieBaerselman le GrosSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAExhibitions
DrAristoteles Barcelos NetoSainsbury Research UnitUEAMuseologist and anthropologist specialized in the arts, rituals and cosmologies of South American Indians. He has created ethnographic collections for museums in Brazil, Portugal, France and Germany.
DrDavidBescobySchool of Environmental SciencesUEAArchaeologist specialising in geoarchaeology, which focuses on an earth-science approach to archaeological investigation. Has worked on a number of archaeological sites, including Gordion in Central Turkey and Butrint in southern Albania.
DrLisaBlackmoreSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexThe aesthetics and politics of modernity in Latin American and Caribbean art, architecture, and visual culture, exploring historical contexts and epistemic pacts that entangle vision with power and knowledge.
ProfBarbaraBombiSchool of HistoryKentEcclesiastical and religious history in the High Middle Ages (1200-1450) and specialises in the medieval papacy and canon law. In the past few years, Barbara has edited the register of the representative at the papal curia of Edward II and Edward III and has started to compile a catalogue of the manuscripts of the Liber Extra (Decretals of Gregory IX), which are preserved in the British Libraries.
LloydBosworthSchool of European Culture and LanguagesKent3D modelling and visualisation, landscape survey, with a particular expertise in geophysical surveying, archaeological photography and illustration.
DrEfrosyni BoutsikasSchool of European Culture and LanguagesKentThe expression of ancient Greek perceptions of the cosmos in myths, religious performance and architecture, and the temporal and spatial organisation of festivals, and has worked on a survey of Greek religious spaces in Sicily, Asia Minor and Cyprus. It investigated the choice of landscapes and temple placement in the context of multicultural religious interactions.
DrNickBrooksUEAHuman adaptation to climate change, and on how past changes in climate may have influenced the development of human societies. I have a particular interest in the period from about 6000 to 5000 years ago, a period that saw the widespread reorganisation of the global climate, and profound changes in human societies. Much of my research work examines the links between climate change and the emergence of large, complex societies (the first “civilisations”) during this period. This work is complemented by fieldwork-based research into past environmental and cultural change in the Sahara
DrDianaBullen PresciuttiSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexThe visual culture of social problems in Renaissance Italy, focusing on popular piety, civic ideology, urban ritual, and intersections of class, gender, and cultural production. Includes work on charitable institutions (hospitals, confraternities) and medical humanities.
DrRowenaBurgessInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEAThe intersection between landscape, people and society, both in current portrayal and through heritage and the media, through lived experience and the historical record. Has worked on consultancy, research and evaluation projects with a number of heritage organisations, including Churches Conservation Trust, Norfolk Museum Service and with funders including National Lottery Heritage Fund, EPSRC and CEC. Previously worked on Virtual Past's computer generated historical media which worked to engage new audiences and increase heritage engagement.
DrHelenaCarrInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEAThe study of the early European Middle Ages. Background in archaeology and continued interest in interdisciplinary approaches, informs this research, which utilises a wide range of surviving material culture.
DrAdrianClarkSchool of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)EssexComputer vision, virtual and augmented reality, genetic programming, remote sensing, unmanned autonomous vehicles
DrJoanneClarkSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEASocietal responses to climatic changes during the early and mid-Holocene in the Near East and North Africa and the impacts of future climate change on heritage in Africa.
ProfAndyDaySchool of Computing SciencesUEAThe application of computational geometry to computer graphics, haptics, crowd and urban visualisation and virtual environments. Was a co-investigator on the EC CHARISMATIC project (Cultural Heritage Attractions featuring Interactive Scenes and Multi-function Avatars as Theatrical Intelligent Characters)
DrFerdinandDe JongSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAHeritage, art and postcolonial memory; Masquerading, performance and intangible heritage; Museums, materiality, time and temporality; Art, aesthetics and performance; Archive and Utopia
DrSimonDellSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAPhotography, with special reference to France and the United States; The relation of the visual and political in interwar Europe; Art practice and new media after 1960
DrSarahDemeloESCALA & University Art CollectionsEssexCurator
DrPaolaDi Giuseppantonio Di FrancoSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexMaterial culture, heritage, and cognitive science to explore how new technologies impact heritage making processes and the interpretation processes of the past. This includes how 3D virtual and material replicas can re-define museum practices, and how new technologies impact heritage making and interpretation processes of the past
Dr SarahGarlandSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAThe intersections of literary and visual style, and at the functions of the author, artist, reader and audience in acts of interpretation.
ProfDavidGillSainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and CulturesUEAAlso honorary professor at Kent. David is interested in the history of collecting and archaeological ethics. David has prepared a study of the economic benefits of heritage, in particular looking at the impact of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece, as well as a regional study for East Anglia.
AngelaGrahamInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEAHas worked in museums and archives for over 20 years.This has included director roles in independent museums in both Nofolk and Cheshire. She spent 16 years working at Stoke - on - Trent Museum Serivce (1995 - 2011) where she was part of the senior management team overseeing 4 museum sites. She has been Archive Manager at the East Anglian Film Archive since 2014.
DrAlixGreenDepartment of HistoryEssex20th/21st-century British history and public history. These interests are reflected in a long-standing collaboration with the John Lewis Partnership Heritage Centre. Our latest co-designed project has focused on the Partnership's historical approach to pay and performance to inform how the business approaches these strategies in the future. From this ongoing collaboration, the Centre's manager and I have been working with a new network of business archivists to develop models of collaboration between historians and archivists
DrGavinGrindonSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexSocial engagement in curatorial practice and in art from 1900-present, including critical curatorial practice, cultural policy and organisational change; and on twentieth century art, specifically activist-art, institutional critique and its futures.
DrManolo GuerciKent School of ArchitectureKentDomestic architecture in Early-Modern Europe to Modernism, Japan, and Post War; from conservation principles and theories, to construction processes and building techniques.
DrEmilyGuerrySchool of HistoryKentThe relationship between religious devotion and artistic representation in the Middle Ages, so her research takes an interdisciplinary and inclusive approach to visual, material, and ceremonial culture as well as historical, political, and liturgical source material. She is particularly interested in how the veneration of relics influenced Christian iconography.
DrAnnaHaourSainsbury Research UnitUEAThe archaeology of Africa. Has conducted excavations in Niger and in Bénin exploring the creation and maintenance of boundaries, the interrelation of archaeological and historical data in descriptions of 'empires', and the materialisation of contacts through artefacts.
DrJackHartnellSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAVisual culture of late medieval and early renaissance medicine, cartography, and mathematics. Previously the inaugural Posdoctoral Fellow between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin.
ProfSandyHeslopSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAThe relationship between art and history; The impact of environment and resources on manufacture; Art as information and rhetoric; Architecture as image. Most of Heslop’s research and teaching has focused on analyzing the relationship between people and things, and the role of imagination in the creation and reception of artefacts.
DrMatthewHodgesSchool of Anthropology and ConservationKentInterests include the commoditisation of their ‘intangible cultural heritage’ by the tourist industry.
DrStevenHopperSainsbury Research UnitUEAThe relationship between Polynesian material culture, chiefship, valuables and exchange, ethnohistory, cultural property, ethnographical museums, the art market, publishing, book production and design.
DrAndrewHutchesonSainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and CulturesUEAArchaeologist specialising in state formation in European societies and in cultural heritage. He received his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia in 2011 and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1984, first as a field archaeologist and latterly as a cultural heritage advisor. Throughout much of his career he has managed archaeological projects, including the Millennium Library in Norwich.
DrSuzannaIvanicSchool of HistoryKentReligion, material and visual culture, and travel. Recent and forthcoming publications include chapters on amulets, religious objects, and religion in the domestic sphere, and articles on a pilgrimage travelogue.
DrKarenJacobsSainsbury Research UnitUEACollecting and history of collections, representation and museum ethnography, auctions and the art market, cultural festivals, politics of clothing, contemporary Pacific art
ProfSimonKanerInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEAHead of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology. He has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere and worked for several years in archaeological heritage management in the UK.
DrNikolaos KarydisKent School of ArchitectureKentThe development of construction technology and the design aspect of city making, with specific focus on the European traditions.
DrEdKrcmaSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAArt made after 1945 in Europe and North America, and in particular upon problems of artistic autonomy, the history and theory of drawing, and the relationship between image and text.
ProfElizabethKutiDepartment of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)EssexPlaywriting; contemporary drama; tragedy; gender and literature; folklore and place in drama; theatre in museums and heritage sites; theatre history and literature of the long eighteenth century.
ProfSophiaLabadiSchool of European Culture and LanguagesKentHow heritage sites and museums can address some of the most pressing global challenges, including social justice, gender equality or sustainable development. Her research is nourished by her previous experiences as consultant for international organisations.
DrGeorgeLauSainsbury Research UnitUEAThe archaeology and arts of the Americas, especially of South America and the Central Andes. His research has included excavations at the village of Chinchawas, near Huaraz and the large fortified town of Yayno (Pomabamba), as well as collections and field studies in different regions of Peru, the United States and Europe.
DrStephenLaycockSchool of Computing SciencesUEAHaptic Rendering, Collision Detection, Deformable objects and Real-time rendering. He is also interested in the application of new graphics techniques to Cultural Heritage, scientific visualisation and virtual training simulations.
DrWeiLiuEssex Business SchoolEssexDark tourism, and tourism management.
DrMattLodderSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexThe application of art-historical methods to history of Western tattooing from the 17th century to the present day, with a principal focus on the professional era from the 1880s onwards. He has given invited lectures at venues including the V&A, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Museum of London.
ProfJohnMackSainsbury Research UnitUEAAfrican arts and cultures (especially East Africa and the western Indian Ocean islands, the Congo area, West African coastal cultures), thematic approaches to art (eg to memory, miniaturisation, funerary arts, maritime cultures, the contemporary), museum and heritage collections and practice.
KatharineMalcolmSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAProject
DrHollyMaplesEast15 Acting SchoolEssexHas collaborated with Dr Karen Smyth (UEA) on the Paston Footprints project in Norfolk, creating seven heritage audio walks celebrating stories from the Paston Letters for Norfolk that are going to be launched over July 2021-October 2021.
ProfJohnMitchellSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAArt historian with focuses of research have been in a series of major archaeological projects in Italy and Albania. His particular interests are in the architecture, art and visual culture of the late Roman and early medieval periods.
TaniaMooreSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAJoyce and Michael Morris Chief Curator of
LisaNewbySainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAProject
DrAkiPasoulasSchool of Arts KentAcousmatic music, time perception in relation to listening, psychoacoustics and sound perception, spatial sound, acoustic communication, and soundscape ecology especially in relation to listening psychology. He has written for instruments, found objects, voice, recorded and electronic sound, composed music for the theatre and for short animation films, and organised and performed with many ensembles.
DrRyanPerrySchool of EnglishKentThe situation of texts within their material contexts; that is, within the hand-made books produced, patronised and read by medieval (and Early Modern) consumers.
ProfCatherineRichardsonSchool of EnglishKentEarly modern material culture – households, clothing, possessions and spaces.
DrLornaRichardsonInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEADigital archaeology and heritage, digital ethics, and social media research methods. Her current archaeological research explores the ways in which digital technologies support wider access to, and create, discuss and repurpose expert archaeological knowledge in non-expert online platforms and communities. Lorna is currently working on a project centred on Stonehenge. This examines public perceptions of the site and it's importance to non-experts, using data drawn from online communities.
ProfAlisonRowlandsDepartment of HistoryEssexHow early modern witch-trials are remembered, commemorated and re-worked in modern culture, in a variety of formats (in literature, art, museums etc). I am interested in who undertakes commemoration; when, why and where they do this; and the role that historians play in commemorative practices. I have a particular interest in these themes in relation to the East Anglian witch-trials of 1645-7 and the St Osyth 'witch' skeletons that were dug up in Essex in 1921.
DrNatashaRuiz-GomezSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexArt and science/medicine, Rodin's oeuvre, Nineteenth-century French sculpture, Architecture and urban planning in nineteenth-century Paris, Rodin and science, Jean-Martin Charcot and art, Objectivity and medical imagery, Medical portraiture, Nineteenth-century medical photography, Theories of degeneration and genius
DrDavidRundleSchool of HistoryKentThe role of books within the late medieval and early modern culture of western Europe, and the movement of ideas within the shared civilisation of Western Christendom, a topic he studies by using the physical evidence of surviving manuscripts to track the availability of and responses to works.
Dr DanielRycroftSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAColonialism in South Asia; De-colonisation and postcolonialism; Visual ethnography; Indigenous studies; Intangible heritage
ProfEleanorSchofieldSchool of Physical SciencesKentThe Head of Conservation and Collections Care at the Mary Rose Trust. She is responsible for the conservation of the Mary Rose hull and associated artefacts, the care and management of the collection and research into novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods.
DrLisaSmithDept of HistoryEssexLong-standing interests are on gender, health, the household, and the body--particularly, pain, illness experience, reproduction/infertility and domestic medicine. Is currently developing an online database of Sir Hans Sloane's correspondence (c. 1685-1750) and am a co-investigator on a crowd-sourcing recipes transcription project (Early Modern Recipes Online Collective).
ProfMurraySmithSchool of Arts Kentfilm theory, philosophy of art, of mind and ethical theory, music and philosophy of music. He is Divisional lead on interdisciplinary research.
DrKarenSmythSchool of Literature, Drama and Creative WritingUEAResearches  medievalism and early modernism in dialogue with digital humanities and heritage studies, in relation to early East Anglian literary cultures. She is currently exploring the 15th to 17th century collection of the Paston letters. This work builds on her experiences in mapping wellbeing narratives of community co-production and in exploring connections across disciplines.
DrSheilaSweetinburghSchool of HistoryKentMaterial and visual culture, including working on the ‘painted pillar’ at Faversham and the ‘Guy of Warwick’ mazer at Canterbury.
ProfEllenSwiftSchool of European Culture and LanguagesKentArtefact studies, the late to post-Roman transition in the West, and Roman and late antique art. She has worked on artefacts from both the north-western provinces of the Roman empire, and from Roman and Late Antique Egypt.
DrBenThomasSchool of Arts KentArt historian and curator. The art of sixteenth-century Italy is one of his principal areas of research, along with the history of prints and drawings.
VanessaTothillSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAAssistant
JessTwymanArt ExchangeEssexArts and Gallery Director
DrMichaelTymkiwSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexModern and contemporary visual culture, with a particular interest in issues of spectatorship.
DrSophieVigneronKent Law SchoolKentRegulation of the art trade (civil and criminal, circulation, return/restitution, dealers, museums, auctioneers), protection of cultural heritage (tangible/intangible, movable/immovable) in times of war and peace, definition of cultural heritage, critical approaches to cultural heritage.
DrSarahWadeSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEAHuman-animal relations and representations of wildlife in contemporary art, exhibitions and museum display, particularly with regards to ecological concerns.
DrNickWarrSchool of Art, Media and American StudiesUEACurator and experimental film & video maker
TheoWeissSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAAssistant
DrSteve WilisSchool of European Culture and LanguagesKentExpertise in the Iron Age and Roman periods in Britain and Europe. His research interests cover settlement and society, material culture, landscape and environments, and phenomenology, as well as the archaeology of coasts and cultural expression in the Early Modern era.
DrChrisWingfieldSainsbury Research UnitUEAMuseum collections, Art and material culture, Southern Africa, Missionary Heritage. Previously worked at at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge, and before that at the Open University, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
CalvinWinnerSainsbury Centre for Visual ArtsUEAHead of
DrNadineZubairInterdisciplinary Institute for the HumanitiesUEADigital Humanities Manager at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA. Her dissertation title is Material Histories and Wood-Carving: Fragments from Modern Punjab, and it was fully funded by the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) in Norwich