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.

RCMG Staff

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 (Co-Director of RCMG and Professor of Museum Studies) has worked with RCMG on a number of key projects since 2013 and plays a leading role in shaping the Centre’s research agenda and priorities. 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 (Senior Research Associate) joined RCMG in 2016 and became a Senior Research Associate in 2019. Her research is particularly interested in participants' experiences of socially engaged practice and the arising ethical implications of collaborations between museums and communities.

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. 

Ceciel Brouwer (ESRC Research Fellow) obtained an ESRC Fellowship in 2020 and previously covered the role of Research Associate (2019-2020). 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.

Katy Bunning (Lecturer in Museum Studies) has worked closely with RCMG on projects including Engaging the City, with the Museum of London. Her research and recent book, Negotiating Race and Rights in the Museum (2020) unpacks the changing manifestations of white normativity in museums in the US, and the racial politics that have shaped the evolution of museum cultures over time.

Nuala Morse (Lecturer in Museum Studies) is a social geographer and museum studies scholar whose research focuses on museum work and care, as ethics and practice. She has a particular interest in the role of museums as spaces of social care and in understanding the ‘social work’ of culture professionals

Honorary Fellows

Dominique Bouchard (Honorary Visiting Fellow) is Head of Learning at Interpretation at English Heritage where she leads on interpretation, contemporary art, learning, digital, publishing, and youth engagement teams. Dominique is an academic, curator and educator, with particular expertise in contested histories and divided societies, including Northern Ireland and Hong Kong.

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

Janet Dugdale (Honorary Visiting Fellow) is Executive Director of Museums and Participation at National Museums Liverpool. She is responsible for the collections and curatorial teams for their museums. She is a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, participative and partnership working in museums.

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.    

Mark O’Neill has contributed his vision and expertise on museum access, management and development to a number of key RCMG projects. He was Head of Glasgow Museums for ten years and currently works as independent Museum Consultant and Associate Professor at the College of Arts, University of Glasgow.

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.  

Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah (Honorary Visiting Fellows) are Co-CEOs of Birmingham Museums Trust. Both are innovating in the sector and committed to inclusive working practices. Sara is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum, a judge of RCMG's Activist Museum Award, a member of the Museum Detox network for people of colour in museums and an active advocate for diversity and equality issues in the arts. Zak shares his skills and expertise as a regular public speaker and trustee of the Association for Cultural Enterprises.