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Professor of Heritage Studies, UCL

Rodney Harrison is Professor of Heritage Studies at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and AHRC Heritage Priority Area Leadership Fellow (2017-2020). From 2014-2019 he was Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures Research Programme and currently leads the Work Package on “Theorizing heritage futures in Europe: heritage scenarios” as part of the European Commision funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie action [MSCA] Doctoral Training Network CHEurope: Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe. He is the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Contemporary Archaeology and was a founding executive committee member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. At UCL he is joint Director of the UCL-University of Gothenberg Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, and part of the leadership group of the Centre's Making Global Heritage Futures cluster. He is a (co)author or (co)editor of 17 books and guest edited journal volumes and over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Some of these have been translated into Chinese, Italian, and Portuguese language versions. In addition to the AHRC his research has been funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, British Academy, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Australian Research Council, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the European Commission. He is currently Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) 2020 Biennial International Conference (“ACHS 2020: Futures”) Chair.

Rodney Harrison joined the UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2012 after working as a Lecturer in Heritage Studies at the Open University from 2007-2012. He has previously held teaching and research positions in the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at the Australian National University, the Centre for Archaeology at the University of Western Australia, and as an honorary visiting research fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London. Rodney has also previously worked as Historical Archaeologist and Regional Aboriginal Heritage Studies Coordinator in the Cultural Heritage Research Unit of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Sydney.


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    Professor of Heritage Studies, UCL