Associate Professor in the Geographies of Heritage, Western Sydney University

Emma Waterton is an Associate Professor at Western Sydney University, where she is affiliated with both the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Institute for Culture and Society. She holds a BA (Anthropology) from UQ and an MA (Archaeological Heritage Management) and a PhD from the University of York. Her research explores the interface between heritage, identity, memory and affect at a range of heritage sites.

She is author of Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain (2010, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-author of the Semiotics of Heritage Tourism (with Steve Watson; 2014; Channel View Publications), and Heritage, Communities and Archaeology (with Laurajane Smith; 2009, Duckworth).


  • 2014–present
    Associate professor, Western Sydney University
  • 2012–2014
    Senior lecturer, University of Western Sydney
  • 2010–2012
    Lecturer, University of Western Sydney
  • 2006–2010
    RCUK Academic Fellow, Keele University


  • 2008 
    University of York, PhD
  • 2004 
    University of York, MA
  • 1999 
    University of Queensland, BA (Anthropology)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Photos of the Past: The negotiation of identity and belonging at Australian tourism sites
    Sole investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Geographical Society of New South Wales
  • Landscape Research Group
  • Home Commission
  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies