Professor John Schofield

Affiliated Researcher

Professor John Schofield (he/him) teaches cultural heritage management and contemporary archaeology in the Archaeology Department, University of York (UK). Prior to this he worked for Historic England’s Characterisation Team, where he developed a particular interest in understanding people’s social and communal values for everyday places. John holds adjunct status at the universities of Turku (Finland) and Flinders and Griffith (Australia). He is Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. His latest book, Wicked Problems for Archaeologists (OUP), is due for publication in 2024.

Dr Colleen Morgan

Affiliated Researcher – Axis 1-4

Colleen (she/her) is the Senior Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She is the Director of the Digital Archaeology and Heritage Lab, the MSc in Digital Archaeology and the MSc in Digital Heritage. She was Marie Curie Experienced Researcher for the EUROTAST project from 2013-2015 and a postdoctoral fellow for the Centre for Digital Heritage from 2015-2017. She has an established international reputation as a leading scholar in critical digital archaeology and heritage. Her research contributions fall in three main areas: 1) bringing digital archaeology into conversation with current theory drawn from feminist, queer, posthuman, and anarchist approaches 2) multisensorial interventions and digital embodiment, with a focus on avatars of past people created from bioarchaeological data 3) issues surrounding craft, enskillment and pedagogy in analog and digital methods in field archaeology, including photography, videography, and drawing.

Website: Colleen Morgan
Social media: @clmorgan

Professor Denis Byrne

Affiliated Researcher – Axis 3 and 4

Denis Byrne is a Professor of archaeology and heritage studies at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. With a focus on Asia and Australia, he works across the fields of the archaeology of the contemporary past, critical heritage studies, and the environmental humanities. His research on the transnationally distributed heritage of Chinese migration to Australia is published in The Heritage Corridor: A Transnational Approach to the Heritage of Chinese Migration (Routledge 2022). His books Surface Collection (Rowman & Littlefield 2007) and Counterheritage: Critical Approaches on Heritage Conservation in Asia (Routledge 2014) explore new approaches to the writing of archaeology and heritage and challenge western-derived heritage practices in Asia, particularly those that seek to secularize sites of popular worship. Adopting the paradigm of ‘heritage from below,’ he and Emma Waterton are currently undertaking an investigation of heritage-making among Chinese and Indian migrants in Parramatta municipality, Australia. He is also currently studying coastal land reclamations in the Asia-Pacific, including in China, Japan, and Vietnam, framing them on the one hand as objects that attest to humanity’s expanding footprint on the planet and on the other as technofossils that are a signature landform of the Anthropocene.

Researcher profile: Denis Byrne

Professor Jason Dittmer

Affiliated Researcher – Axis 2 and 3

Jason Dittmer is a Professor of Political Geography at University College London. His current research can be understood as an attempt to weave together geopolitics and assemblage theory. Informed by Deleuzean notions of time, his primary research now is an examination of British colonial heritage as it evolves into new forms and produces new futures. He is doing this through an in-depth examination of Gibraltar and the way its material heritage is upcycled to produce a new, non-colonial polity, and through a wider survey (with Prof. Emma Waterton) of British colonial heritage that has been curated as UNESCO world heritage sites. He is the author or co-author of Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity, 2nd edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), Diplomatic Material: Assemblage, Affect, and Foreign Policy (2017, Duke University Press), and Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero (Temple, 2013). He is also the editor of (co-editor) of Geopolitics: An Introductory Reader (Routledge, 2014), the Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography (Ashgate, 2014), Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014), and Mapping the End Times: American Evangelical Geopolitics and Apocalyptic Visions (Ashgate, 2010).

Researcher profile: Jason Dittmer 

Twitter: @RealJDittmer

Dr Charlotte Andrews

Affiliated Researcher – Axis 2

Charlotte Andrews is Head of Cultural Heritage at the Bermuda National Trust (BNT). Her role spans the Trust’s research, management and advocacy for archaeology, built heritage, collections, historic cemeteries, museums and other cultural heritage. A Bermudian, who has worked in the local cultural sector for 25 years, she obtained her MPhil and PhD in Heritage Studies from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Her research on community uses of heritage in Bermuda also explores the implications ethnographic understandings of heritage have for heritage and museum practice. Charlotte has a special interest in Bermuda’s World Heritage Site, the ‘Historic Town of St. George and Related Fortifications’. BNT’s care for historic buildings and cemeteries, running museums and other kinds of heritage engagement, and collaboration with cultural and community partners helps to protect, promote and expand the Outstanding Universal Value of Bermuda’s UNESCO site.

Partner profile: Bermuda National Trust
Researcher profile: Papers 

Martina Tenzer

Affiliated PhD Candidate

Martina Tenzer (she/her) is a PhD researcher at the University of York (UK) focusing on methods for analysis and visualization of public perception in cultural landscapes and the integration of ‘everyday heritage’ in the decision-making process for a more transparent and inclusive heritage management. Prior to this, she gained degrees in Applied Landscape Archaeology at the University of Oxford (UK) and in Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and worked in commercial archaeology. Her research interests include Contemporary Archaeology, Historic Landscape Characterisation, climate change and global challenges, Artificial Intelligence in heritage management, mapping and visualization of complex, abstract concepts, QGIS.

Martina is also the creator of the Centre’s website.

Researcher profile: Martina Tenzer
Twitter: @MartinaTenzer
LinkedIn: @MartinaTenzer

Emma Bryning

Affiliated PhD Candidate

Emma completed a BA in History of Art (2013) and an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies (2014) from the University of Leeds. Her MA dissertation focused on the purpose and impact of contemporary art collections within heritage settings, focusing on the contemporary art collection at Chatsworth House. Emma is currently a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York working on a research project in collaboration with English Heritage entitled: ‘Making marks, changing values: The contemporary significance of graffiti at historic sites’. The research seeks to understand why historic graffiti matters and to whom, and whether understanding graffiti creation today can help to better understand historic mark making in the past. Emma has previously worked as a Learning & Community Officer and Visitor Experience Manager at the Monastery Manchester, as well as at a variety of other museums and heritage sites.

Graffiti Tourism: From Mark Makers to Mark Seekers
Researcher profile: Emma Bryning


sɬə́məxʷ (Rain Pierre)

Affiliated Artist

sɬə́məxʷ (Rain Pierre) is from the Katzie First Nation in British Columbia, Canada. Rain has been a professional artist since 2016 and is a motivational speaker. He also teaches students and/or adults how to safely spray paint in small groups. He uses his art work for good and to help people.