Museum studies

Art and its Institutions: Histories and Practices

Dr Stacy Boldrick

  • Art history and the museum
  • Art history – trans-historical approaches 
  • Curatorial studies
  • Iconoclasm and destruction in art
  • Provenance studies

Professor Simon Knell

  • Art history and the museum
  • Art worlds and art communities
  • Global contemporary and modernist contexts
  • National galleries

Professor Suzanne Macleod

  • Art museums - architecture, design, space and experience

Dr Janet Marstine

  • Art history and the museum
  • Curatorial studies
  • Feminist methodologies 
  • Institutional critique

Dr Isobel Whitelegg

  • Art history and institutional history (Brazil, Latin America, Europe)
  • Art history - transnational and situated approaches
  • Biennials and their histories
  • Histories of the contemporary
  • Non-collecting arts institutions

Cultural Heritage and Cultural Practice

Dr Yunci Cai

  • Asian museology and heritage 
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Indigenous cultural heritage

Professor Sandra Dudley

  • Displacement and exile
  • Tangible and intangible culture
  • Cultural practice: experience, representation, understanding (S-/SE Asia; UK)

Professor Lisanne Gibson

  • Critical heritage studies 

Dr Hannah Turner

  • Cultural heritage, digital preservation and digital repatriation  
  • Indigenous cultural heritage

Dr Sheila Watson

  • The interpretation of heritage sites 

Culture: Politics and Representation

Katy Bunning

  • “Culturally specific” museums 
  • Museums, heritage and racial histories 
  • Museums, privilege, and racial bias 
  • Museums and contemporary racism 

Dr Yunci Cai

  • Culture for development
  • Cross-cultural exchanges and diplomacy
  • Indigenous cultural heritage

Professor Lisanne Gibson

  • Cultural policy studies (Australia, US, UK)
  • Culture-led Regeneration
  • Cultural tourism
  • Cultural value 
  • Leisure Studies

Professor Simon Knell

  • Cross-cultural exchanges and diplomacy
  • Janet Marstine
  • Curating difficult histories

Dr Hannah Turner

  • Indigenous/BIPOC/Feminist museum theory
  • Indigenous cultural heritage

Museum Work: Cultures and Practices

Dr Yunci Cai

  • Asian museology and heritage

Professor Sandra Dudley

  • Museum anthropology 
  • Museum ethnography 

Dr Nuala Morse

  • Museums as spaces for social care 
  • Organisational ethnography 

Dr Hannah Turner

  • Creative museum-based work 
  • Documentation and information practices in museums 

Dr David Unwin

  • Taxonomy (Palaeontology, Natural History)

Museums: Design, Space and Innovation

Professor Suzanne Macleod

  • Design methodology and the museum
  • Exhibitions and interpretation
  • Museum architecture
  • Socially sustainable museum design

Professor Ross Parry

  • Accessible digital design
  • Models, replicas and simulations

Dr Giasemi Vavoula

  • Design methodology and the museum
  • Digital exhibition design
  • Mobile learning applications in museum and heritage contexts

Museums: Engagement and Participation

Katy Bunning

  • Co-production 

Professor Lisanne Gibson

  • Cultural participation (within and beyond the museum)

Dr Janet Marstine

  • Co-production
  • Socially engaged artistic practice (China, UK, USA)

Dr Nuala Morse

  • Community engagement in museums, heritage and arts practice
  • Co-production
  • Participatory pedagogy and participatory action research

Professor Richard Sandell

  • Participation and public engagement

Dr Giasemi Vavoula

  • Creative engagement with digital archives 
  • Mobile learning applications in museum and heritage contexts

Museums: Experience and Affect

Professor Sandra Dudley

  • Material culture
  • Objects in museums
  • Sensory engagement and experience

Professor Suzanne Macleod

  • Design and spatial experience

Dr Nuala Morse

  • Emotional and therapeutic role of museum spaces and objects

Dr Sheila Watson

  • Emotions and history

Museums, Heritage Sites and Cultural Institutions: History and Memory

Katy Bunning

  • Museums in US history 

Professor Simon Knell

  • Museum history

Professor Suzanne Macleod

  • Museum history 

Dr Janet Marstine

  • Memorial museums

Dr Hannah Turner 

  • Digital preservation 
  • Histories of science and technology

Dr David Unwin

  • Natural history 

Dr Sheila Watson

  • Emotions and history
  • Museums and the making of history
  • Museums, historical understanding and historical consciousness

Dr Isobel Whitelegg

  • Historiography, archives, institutional memory (arts institutions)

Museums: Social Agency and Organisational Change

Katy Bunning

  • Equality, diversity and human rights 

Dr Yunci Cai

  • Non-western museology 

Professor Suzanne Macleod

  • Museum design ethics 

Dr Janet Marstine

  • Museum ethics
  • Organisational change

Dr Nuala Morse

  • Theories of change

Professor Ross Parry

  • Digital transformation and change

Professor Richard Sandell

  • Equality, diversity and human rights
  • Museums and disability
  • Organisational change
  • The museum and activism

Dr Hannah Turner

  • Theories of decolonization