I am currently a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, where I work on the Profusion theme of the Heritage Futures project with Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan. My work for the Profusion theme has involved a survey of the UK museum sector and subsequent knowledge exchange event, both on the topic of contemporary collecting and disposal.
I am a trained archaeologist and objects conservator and am currently on leave from my PhD in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. My PhD research explores the ways in which heritage organisations in the UK are attempt to build capacity and sustainability in community groups that care for local heritage places in response to reduced professional capacity during austerity. I explore this topic through a qualitative multi-method approach that combines critical discourse analysis, digital co-design and autoethnography. Aspects of this research are published in an article in the International Journal of Heritage Studies.
I also coordinate the Early Career Researchers Network of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.