I am a senior lecturer in industrial heritage at Swansea University based in the Department of History. While undertaking a PhD at UCL Institute of Archaeology, I worked at the British Museum and after completing my PhD spent three years working in commercial archaeology before moving to Germany to join the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow.
My research areas are industrial heritage and contemporary archaeology. I am interested in public perceptions of industrial archaeology and how industrial heritage and historical knowledge are produced outside of academia, for instance, through grass-roots activism, memorialisation, photography, and the creation of community archives. Separately, I am also interested in the heritage of rock and pop music and have recently undertaken a longitudinal study of rock shrines in London.
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
- Chair, CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory Group)
- Member of the editorial board, Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology
- Member, Association for Industrial Archaeology
- Member, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
- Member, the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCHI)
- Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester
- Royal Society of Edinburgh international network on contemporary archaeology in Scotland