Completed PhD research

PhD students make a major contribution to our research profile. They come from all over the world and they research and write about museums from all over the world. Many of them have gone on to become professors and leading academics in a range of disciplines. Others are senior museum professionals. The following list includes current and past research students, their projects and supervisors.

2019

Peter Annhernu - The assembly of museum media: Tracing the adoption of novel forms and formats of communications technology into museum media production.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Simon Paul Atkinson - Recoding Heritage Sites as Non-Formal Learning Institutions: enabling the self-directed adult learner 
Supervisor: Giasemi Vavoula

Natasha Barrett - Meshworks of meanings: photographs of Māori and their taonga 
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Jen Bergevin - Narratives of Transformation: Reframing and naming the impact of activist museum practice on visitors 
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Katherine L. Bunning - Reframing ‘Culturally Specific Museums’: The Emergence of Rights-Based Museums in the United States 
Supervisor: Lisanne Gibson

Oonagh Quigley - Engaging object visitor encounters at the museum: a phenomenological approach 
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Zheng Zhang - New Ways Of Sharing: A Relational Approach To Understanding The Groundwork For Sino-Japanese Repatriation 
Supervisor: Janet Marstine

2018

Lesley Barker - Repurposing Museum Interpretation in American Historic House Museums 
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Ashild Brekke - Changing practices - a qualitative study of drivers for change in Norwegian museums and archives 
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Laura Crossley - Feeling the Squeeze and Doing It Anyway: Community Engagement in English Museums, 2013 - 2014 
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Victoria Hollows - Trust in the Museum: Aligning the internal and external values of the organisation. 
Supervisor: Janet Marstine

Sarah Hughes - Understanding Cultural Participation and Value in Barnsley 
Supervisor: Lisanne Gibson

Ariane Karbe - Learning from Hollywood? Narrating exhibitions with suspense 
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

Yon Jai Kim - The Making of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), South Korea, 1969-2016 
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Wen-ling (Melody) Lin - Understanding Organisational Change in Museums: An Investigation of Evolving Museum Priorities and Practices at The National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan  
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Mercy McCann - Networks, relationships and social change: reimaging the museum as a key actor in a system of social progress and responsibility. A case study of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Victoria McGuinness - Open Project Management (OPM): People, Purpose, and Museum Projects  
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Anna Mikhaylova - Spatial evolution of a museum building: the case of the State Historical Museum in Moscow (1875-1997). 
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

Pal Negyesi - How The Motor Museum Saw The Automobile: Curating The Automobile As Commodity, As Design And As Social History In Germany And Austria In The 20th Century – From National Identity To Mobility. 
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Sarah Plumb - How might the experiences and perspectives of community participants collaborating in socially engaged art practices be heard, considered and equally valued alongside those of the artist and gallery? What ethical implications for the artist and the gallery arise when community participants’ experiences are considered in this way? 
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Raivis Simansons - Europe’s Journey to Modernity: Developing the House of European History in Brussels 
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Ruth Webber - Picturing Home: exploring the everyday homemaking practices of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women in Glasgow 
Supervisor: Lisanne Gibson

2017

Brenda Judith Caro Cocotle - University museums: Border-crossing territories? The institutional boundary between university and university museum as complex territories.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Laura Diaz - Feminist curatorial interventions in museums and organisational change: transforming the museum from a feminist perspective.
Supervisor: Janet Marstine

Marin Freya Hanson - Quilts in between: The material culture of commemorative community patchwork made for Chinese adoptees in the U.S.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Ching-Yueh Hsieh - Exhibiting minority culture: An exploration of exhibitions of lndigenous culture in museums of Taiwan.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Ryan Nutting - Model lives: the changing meanings of miniature ethnographic models from acquisition to interpretation at the Horniman Free Museum 1894-1898. Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Plumb, S - How might the experiences and perspectives of community participants collaborating in socially engaged art practices be heard, considered and equally valued alongside those of the artist and gallery? What ethical implications for the artist and the gallery arise when community participants’ experiences are considered in this way?
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Stefania Savva - The potential of a museum-school partnership to support diversity and multiliteracies-based pedagogy for the 21st century.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

Cheng-Yi Shih - Museum making in Taiwan: Exploring the production of museum architecture from the perspective of design and use.
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

2016

Kathleen Pirrie Adams - When media becomes form: Declining conventions of materiality, space, and audience in the popular music museum.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Mona Ali - Rethinking visitor studies for the United Arab Emirates: Sharjah Museums as case study.
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Laurel Louise Brierly - Recreating revolutionary roles: How preadolescent students explore the Boston Tea Party through theatre.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

Romina Delia - Life is a play and the museum is its stage: Contemporary immersive performance in the Baroque Palace.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Haitham Abdelrazek Eid - The museum innovation model: A museum perspective on open innovation, social enterprise and social innovation.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Petrina Foti - The 'Black Box Conundrum': Agile curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution 2016.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Catharina Hendrick - The agile museum: Organisational change through collecting ‘new media art’.
Supervisor: Janet Marstine

Amy Hetherington - Designing for the Post-Millennials: What assumptions are made by staff in museums about child digital literacy when designing digital interactives?
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Kirstin James - Gifting culture: Comparing display practice at the British Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Da Kong - Imaging China: China’s cultural diplomacy through loan exhibitions to British museums.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Shih-hui Li - New national history and the shaping of Taiwanese identity: representing Taiwan at the National Museum of Taiwan History.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Chungju (Ahlua) Lin - Special exhibitions and national museums in Taiwan: an investigation.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Cintia Velazquez - Understanding the past in the history museum. Visitor research in two Mexican Museum.
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Elena Villaespesa Cantalapiedra - Measuring social media success: The value of the balanced scorecard as a tool for evaluation and strategic management in museums.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Alexandra Woodall - Sensory engagements with objects in art galleries: material interpretation and theological metaphor.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

2015

Stephanie Bowry - Re-thinking the curiosity cabinet: A study of visual representation in early and post Modernity.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Jennifer Jankauskas - Acquiring contemporary art in today’s global market: collecting strategies at small, mid-sized and regional American museums.
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

Elee Kirk - Crystal teeth and skeleton eggs: snapshots of young children’s experiences in a natural history museum.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

Sang Hoon Jang - A representation of nationhood: the National Museum of Korea.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Ashraf Melika - Pharonic material culture and identity formation in contemporary Egyptian society.
Supervisors: Sandra Dudley, Simon Knell

Masanori Oki - A comparative study of professional association in the museum sectors of Britain and Japan.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Geun-tae Park - The role of cultural development in urban strategy: the hub city of Asian culture in Gwangju, Korea.
Supervisor: Lisanne Gibson

Chulani Rambukwella - Heritage representation in culturally diverse societies : a case study of the Colombo National Museum in Sri Lanka.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Briley Rasmussen - Pedagogy for the modern: Victor D'Amica and the Museum of Modern Art, 1929-1969.
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

2014

Mette Houlberg - Negotiating experiences visiting statens museum for kunst.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

Maria Tseliou - Museums and heteronormativity : exploring the effects of inclusive interpretive strategies.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Helen Wilkinson - Negotiating change : curatorial practice in UK museums, 1960-2001.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

2013

Jeremy Ottevanger - Sustaining digital products in the museum sector: Balancing value and resources through good decisions.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

Barbara Ann Rothermel - The university art museum and interdisciplinary faculty collaboration.
Supervisor: Suzanne MacLeod

Jennifer Binnie - Perception and well being: A cross-disciplinary approach to experiencing art in the museum.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Alan M Kirwan - Museums in the construction of a diverse and inclusive Ireland.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Heather Hollins - How can disabled people be empowered to influence decision-making in museums.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Serena Iervolino - Ethnographic museums in mutation experiments with exhibitionary practices in post-colonial Europe.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Afshan Heuer - Darwin and the evolution revolution: Audiences, culture, worldview, transformative learning.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

Andrew Wulf - Make-believe America: the crucial years of US cultural diplomacy through international exhibitions, 1955-1975.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Gudrun Whitehead - How the Viking myth is created in museums and how it impacts society.
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Jennifer A. Walklate - Timescapes : the production of temporality in literature and museums.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Donna McFarlane - Representing blackness: Marcus Garvey and the politics of museology in post-colonial Jamaica.
Supervisor: Viv Golding

2012

Ceri Jones - An illusion that makes the past seem real: the potential of living history for developing the historical consciousness of young people.
Supervisor: Sheila Watson

Julia Petrov - Dressing ghosts: Museum exhibitions of historical fashion in Britain and North America.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Alex Whitfield. Digital ethics: Sacred devotional objects on display in the online museum.
Supervisors: Ross Parry, Sandra Dudley

2011

Cristina Lleras Figueroa - Towards new narratives of the multicultural nation: Negotiating difference in the national museum of Columbia.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Yuka Shimamura-Willcocks - Social inclusion and museums: Understanding self and other in the context of Japanese society and visually impaired people.
Supervisors: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill, Sheila Watson

Sarah (Sally) A. Hughes - Museum publishing: Production and reception of museum books.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

2010

Susan D. Baldino - Museum learners club: Social environments for inclusive learning.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Amy Jane Barnes - From revolution to commie kitsch: (Re)-presenting China in contemporary British museums through the visual culture of the cultural revolution.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

2009

Magnus Gestsson - Commercial galleries in Copenhagen, London and Reykjavik: A comparative study of the formations, contexts and interactions of galleries founded between 1985 and 2002.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Kouros Samanian - Investigation of environmental factors causing the deterioration of Safavid period murals Iran (1501-1736 AD).
Supervisor: Ann Brysbaert

Anna Woodham - Museums visiting and social inclusion: The geography of school visits to museums.
Supervisors: Martin Phillips (geog) and Lisanne Gibson

2008

Wing Yan (Vivian) Ting - Communicating Chinese ceramics: A study of material culture theory in selected museums in Britain.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Jeanette C. Atkinson - Learning to respect: The perspectives of heritage professionals in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Supervisor: Sandra Dudley

Lena Maculan - Researching podcasting in museums: Can new broadcasting models of publication make art more accessible?
Supervisor: Ross Parry

2007

Amad M. Ajaj - The historical development of university museums in Jordan (1962-2006): Objectives and perspectives; case studies of archaeology museums at the Jordan and Yarmouk Universities.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert - Perceiving the art museum: Investigating visitation and non-visitation in Cyprus and abroad.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Dimitra Zapri - An ecological examination of young children's museum-related perceptions: A Greek case study.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Jeong-eun Lee - Behind the scenes at the new National Museum of Korea: An investigation of the museum's role in constructing notions of Korean national identity.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

2006

Vasiliki Tzibazi - Researching primary school children's "museum theatre" experiences.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Anna Catalani - Yoruba religious material culture and the Yoruba diaspora: An investigation into the relationship between Yoruba people in Britain and Yoruba religious material displayed in British museums.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

Yung-Neng Lin - Admission charges, the representative audience and public museums.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Konstantinos Arvanitis - Everyday media for everyday meanings: Interpreting archaeological monuments in the streets of a Greek city.
Supervisor: Ross Parry

2005

Bruce A. Campbell - The battle of the sites: A national museum for Wales.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Anastasia Filippoupoliti - Objects of culture: Collections of science and technology, 1800-1805.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Katerina Gioftsali - Families visiting museums as communities of learners: A case study.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Yupin Chung - Motivations, attitudes and loyalty: Towards a pricing strategy model for Taiwanese museums.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Hui-Jong Hsieh - Government policies and fine arts museums in Taiwan: The impact of government policies on museum personnel and finance.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Koni C. Kim - Korea as seen through its material culture and museums.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

2004

Jemima W. Fraser - Museums, drama, ritual and power a theory of the museum experience.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Shmuel Meiri - The museology of dinosaurs: In search of the authentic museum dinosaur.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

2003

Julia Cordova-Gonzalez - Interpretation of the ancient past in a museum of archaeology: San Miguel de Azapa Museum of Arcaheology, Arica, Chile.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Hadwig Kraeutler - Otto Neurath - museum and exhibition work: Spaces (designed) for communication.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Chia-Li Chen - Learning recollection and connection: A study of cultural identities amongst visitors to local museums in Taiwan.
Supervisor: Richard Sandell

Tracy (Yi Chun) Tsai - Teacher agenda and teacher museum experience: A comparative study of England and Taiwan.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Alice Semedo - The professional museumscape: Portuguese poetics and politics.
Supervisor: Sue Pearce

2002

Nicola Clayton - Folk devils in our midst: Challenging the modernist museum paradigm.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

Sérgio Lira - Museums and temporary exhibitions as means of propaganda: The Portuguese case during the Estado Novo.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

Denis Lavoie - Commemoration of national heritage: Institutional practices and legitimising strategies.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

2001

Su-liang Tseng - The art market, collectors and art museums in Taiwan since 1949.
Supervisor: Simon Knell

2000

Vivien M. Golding - New voices and visibilities at the museum frontiers.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

John C Carter - The evolution of museums as centres for learning: chapters in Canadian museology.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Hsiao-Ying Tseng Chang - To view two views: A case study of cross-cultural communication in museum exhibitions.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

1998

Alexandra Bounia - The nature of collecting in the Classical world: Collections and collectors, c.100 BCE - 100 CE.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

1997

Miriam Lisa Clavir - Preserving what is valued: An analysis of museum conservation and first nations perspectives.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

Paul K. Martin - Contemporary popular collecting in Britain: The socio-cultural construction of identity at the end of the second millennium AD.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

Ibramsha Yahya - Museum learning, the museum visitor, the museum visit.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Theano Moussouri - Family agendas and family learning in hands-on museums.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Maria Mouliou - The "writing" of classical archaeology in post-war Greece (1950 to the present): The case of museum exhibitions and museum narratives.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

1996

Pedro Júlio Enrech Casaleiro - Origins, public perceptions and future directions of the National Museum of Natural History in Portugal.

Raj Vardhan Kaushik - Effectiveness of Indian science centres as learning environments: A study of educational objectives in the design of museum experiences.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

1995

Carol E. Mayer - Metaphors and ways of seeing: A study of the permanent exhibition.

1994

Nancy Einreinhofer - The paradox of the American art museum.

Margarida Dias Lima de Faria - Amusement without excess and knowledge without fatigue: Modern transformations of the museum experience.

Gaby Porter - Studies in gender and representation in British history museums.
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Terry MacLean - Research and development at the Fortress of Louisbourg national historic site, 1961-1981: a Canadian model for heritage preservation, interpretation and public history.

1993

Yiao-hwei Chuang - An investigation into the exhibition of Buddhist objects in British museums.

Andromache Gazi - Archaeological museums in Greece (1829-1909): the display of archaeology.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

Jesús-Pedro Lorente - Museums for nineteenth century art? A socio-historical study of the creation of galleries of modern art before World War I and their legacy.
Supervisor: Susan Pearce

1992

Yui-Tan (Francis) Chang - The development of biological collections: Taiwan - an analysis and evaluation.
Supervisor: Geoff Stansfield

Maria de Lourdes Parreiras Horta - Museum semiotics: A new approach to museum communication.

Pre-1990

Sonja Tanner-Kaplash (1989) - The common heritage of all mankind: A study of cultural policy and legislation pertinent to cultural objects.
Supervisor: Geoffrey Lewis

Aviva Barnea (1989) - The museum as a setting for new learning
Supervisor: Eilean Hooper-Greenhill

Lee Elizabeth Jolliffe (1987) - Municipal museums in Canada: Contemporary directions.

Lynne Teather (1983) - Museology and its traditions: The British experience, 1845-1945. Lynne was our first PhD graduate.
Supervisor: Sue Pearce