John Kelechi Ugwuanyi

PhD Candidate, University of York

J. Kelechi Ugwuanyi teaches in the Department of Archaeology and Tourism, University of Nigeria. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of York. His thesis explores the negotiation between the global heritage discourse and the existing beliefs and value systems in the context of the village arena (or ‘square’) among the Igbo of Nigeria. The work hopes to bridge the gap between the authorized heritage institutions and local communities to discourage public exclusion and encourage democratic inclusion in heritage management in post-contact societies.
Mr Ugwuanyi is a Certified Project Manager (C.P.M.) and has a diploma in tourism and museum studies, as well as a B.A. and M.A. (both cum laude) in archaeology and tourism from the University of Nigeria. He holds the Overseas Research Scholarship Fellowship of the University of York; Tweedie Exploration Fellowship of the University of Edinburgh; and Gilchrist Educational Trust, United Kingdom. His research interest is heritage studies, museum studies, tourism, contemporary/postcolonial archaeology, indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous methodologies.


  • 2011–present
    Lecturer, University of Nigeria
  • –present
    PhD Candidate, University of York


  • 2013 
    University of Nigeria, MA Archaeology and Tourism


  • 2018
    Permanence, temporality and the rhythms of life: exploring significance of the village arena in Igbo culture, World Archaeology 50 (1)