Jocelyn Dodd and Richard Sandell

Interdisciplinary teams are created for each research project, bringing together the skills, experiences and perspectives specific to the research puzzle under investigation. The team is built according to the project's needs, blending RCMG core staff and relevant academic colleagues, practitioners, external specialists and postgraduate students, from the UK and internationally.

Core RCMG Staff

Jocelyn Dodd (Co-director of RCMG and Professor of Museum Studies) combines substantial senior experience in the museum sector with research skills, expertise across a range of themes and experience of leading large scale, multi partner research programmes. Her personal research interests focus on the social role and agency of museums.

Richard Sandell (Co-director of RCMG and Professor of Museum Studies) has worked with RCMG since its inception, co–directing a number of projects and helping to shape its research focus. His research interests currently focus on the museum's potential to engage with social justice issues and lend support for human rights.

Suzanne MacLeod (Professor of Museum Studies) has worked with RCMG on a number of key projects since 2013. Her research explores contemporary museum design, with a particular focus on design methodologies and the acknowledgement of the potential of design in creating inclusive environments which foster relationships, equality, and enable full lives.

Sarah Plumb (Research Associate) joined RCMG in 2016 as a maternity cover and joined as a core member of staff in 2017. Her research is particularly interested in participants' experiences of socially engaged practice and the arising ethical implications of collaborations between museums and communities.

Ceciel Brouwer (Research Associate – Maternity Cover) is covering the role of Research Associate from October 2019 – October 2020. Her recently completed doctoral research focused on museum ethics, censorship and children’s rights and she is developing further collaborative research on rights-based museums and children’s museology. She undertook a postdoctoral project with the International Slavery Museum. 

Cesare Cuzzola (Research Associate) started collaborating with RCMG in 2018 and joined as a staff member in 2019. His personal research focuses on the role of collections in socially engaged practice, exploring how material culture is used and interpreted in museum projects that tackle contemporary social issues. 


Honorary Fellows

Americo Castilla is Director and Founder of Fundación TyPA, Argentina. He is working with RCMG to develop a project around Museos Pequenos.

Dr Tony Heaton CBE was offered an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leicester in 2019. As an artist, disability rights activist and consultant, he made major contributions to projects with RCMG including Unruly bodies, Being Human and Everyone Welcome.

Dr Robert Janes (Honorary Visiting Research Fellow) is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship and co-edited Museum Activism with Richard Sandell. The annual  Activist Museum Award was made possible by a gift from Janes. 

Dr Janet Marstine (Honorary Associate Professor (Retired) taught at the School of Museum Studies from 2010 to 2018. She has supported RCMG through her work on museum ethics and contributed to a project developing a research network to advance 21st‐Century museum ethics.

Dr Matt Smith is an artist, curator and Professor of Ceramics and Glass at Konstfack University of the Arts, Stockholm. He received an Honorary Visiting Fellowship from the University of Leicester in 2016 and has supported RCMG on Prejudice and Pride.

RCMG Management Group

The strategic direction and priorities of RCMG are overseen by a management group comprising:

  • Jocelyn Dodd (Co-director, Professor of Museum Studies)
  • Sandra Dudley (Head of School)
  • Suzanne MacLeod (Professor of Museum Studies)
  • Richard Sandell (Co-director, Professor of Museum Studies)
  • Brian Berry (Head of Research Grants Support)