Across UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton, our heritage, industrial and research partners,  there is a wide range of expertise available in the remit of SEAHA. The list below provides some initial information for those looking for particular supervision expertise in SEAHA. For potential candidates, heritage and industrial partners with a project idea, this list would be a good place to start proposal discussions.

Allen, Myles

University of Oxford

Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, and Head of the Climate Dynamics Group in the University’s Department of Physics. His research focuses on how human and natural influences on climate contribute to observed climate change and risks of extreme weather and in quantifying their implications for long-range climate forecasts.

Altamirano, Hector


Hector Altamirano is a building scientist with a broad research interest in energy, the indoor environment and the operational performance of buildings. Hector is a trained architect with an MA in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Design, and a PhD in Building Science.

Anders, Manferd

ZFB GmbH – Zentrum für Bucherhaltung GmbH

Dr. Anders is a chemist and the Managing Director at ZFB. He is also the head of R&D department at ZFB. His speciality is in Cellulose-, Paper- and Textile-Chemistry. Manferd received his PhD on “Analysis of paper ageing and preservation of damaged papers by deacidification and consolidation.” at the University of Stuttgart. From 1999 to 2007, he was a member of the IADA board (professional association of paper conservators). Since 1997, he is Course instructor at the Buchbinderkolleg Stuttgart (chemistry for conservators). In addition, Dr. Anders is a member of many projects  targeting cultural heritage such as “InkCor”, “SurveNIR”, “MIP”,  “Nanoforart” and “NANORESTART”.

Andreani, Carla

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Carla Andreani has authored more than 220 publications, in the field of condensed matter and oriented towards applications of neutron science within sectors such as automotive, aerospace and cultural heritage, for example she contributed to the design and construction of the PRISMA, TOSCA, eVs and VESUVIO beamlines and pioneered and contributed to the development of the neutron spectroscopy at the Deep Inelastic Neutron Scattering (DINS) technique on eVs and VESUVIO bemalines. In 2006 she proposed the use of the high energy neutron spectrum from the spallation sources to mimic the cosmic ray flux responsible for single event upsets in electronic chips and pioneered the accelerated atmospheric neutron testing at ISIS [C. Andreani et al.Applied Physics Letters, 92, 114101 (2008). This work paved the way to the design of a novel beam-line at ISIS, the Chipir instrument at ISIS Target station 2. She is currently a member of the Chipir experimental team at the ISIS neutron facility. She delivered one hundred seminars and colloquia and served in the organization of over 40 national and international conference/workshop/schools and as a member of over 35 national and international scientific advisory committees.

Angus, Ian

Carden & Godfrey Architects

Ian Angus Dip Arch, RIBA, AABC, is a Director of Carden & Godfrey Architects.  He has been involved with repairs and modifications to many historically significant buildings and is retained as the inspecting architect to churches in the dioceses of London, Southwark, Rochester, Oxford and Chelmsford, the Churches Conservation Trust and to the buildings of Worcester College, Oxford.

Austwick, Martin


Expertise in digital visualisation and spatial analysis. Interests in literary geographies, spatial analysis of social networks around folk and rock music, and using digital visualisation to explore post-disciplinary networks of actors around research concepts. Background in physics, including experience with magnetic spectroscopy in carbon nanotubes and white-light scattering spectroscopy in medical physics. Active in projects building public engagement with University
research and outreach.

Arroyo-Kalin, Manuel


Amazonia, including technologies for clay and soil manipulation (including pottery making); agricultural techniques; construction of the built environmennt, space and the landscape; and historical ecology.

Bailey, Richard

University of Oxford

Richard Bailey is an Associate Professor in Geochronology, Director of the School of Geography and the Environment Luminescence Dating Laboratory and Tutorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College. Dr Bailey’s research is focused primarily on the development of Luminescence Dating techniques and their application to research topics in Quaternary science, including climate/environmental change, geomorphology and human evolution/dispersion. His work on the development of luminescence methods involves laboratory-based experimental work, the development of numerical models (of quartz electron population dynamics) and of statistical models of dating results. He also has a more general interest in quantitative methods.

Bannon, David

Headwall Photonics

David Bannon is President & Chief Executive Officer of Headwall.  He is responsible for shaping the Company’s vision and corporate strategy for commercialization of spectral imaging sensors and imaging data products.

David has pioneered the technology of spectral imaging from its roots in the military & defense community into new application areas within the cultural preservation & conservation sector.  As an area of focus, David has introduced Headwall’s technology as a critical tool to analyzing priceless objects of antiquity around the world.

He has authored numerous technology and application articles and has established key patents in the area of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging and spectral data processing algorithms.

Beniston, Judith


I am based in the German department, within the larger framework of SELCS, and am a literary and cultural historian, with a particular interest in the theatre, as well as other performing arts and forms of popular entertainment. I have researched extensively in theatre-related archives, in the UK and abroad, and enjoy interacting with (and occasionally supporting the work of) staff in these institutions. I often work comparatively between cultures and, as co-editor of ten themed volumes of the interdisciplinary yearbook ‘Austrian Studies’, have frequently engaged with art and architectural historians, museum curators, musicologists and historians. I am currently working with non-HEI partners both as a co-investigator of the 5-year AHRC-funded project ‘Digital Critical Edition of Middle-Period Works by Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931)’ and as co-supervisor of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project on the archive of Ibsen translator Michael Meyer, based at the British Library.

Benson, Angela

University of Brighton

Principal Lecturer: Research Interest – empowering citizens and enhancing research through Citizen Science and Volunteering, national and international contexts. More specifically research topics within this are, engagement and management in sustainable ecological and scientific research through tourism; cultural shift of moving towards citizen science; sustainable models of citizen science in cultural heritage tourism; bridging the gap between the scientific community and society at large; drivers and barriers to citizen science; partnerships and networks of citizen science; tools to measure and evaluate citizen science.

Berkowitz, Michael


I am Professor of Modern Jewish History in the Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London. I have written extensively on the history of the early Zionist movement, representations of Jewish politics, the Holocaust, and the Jewish engagement with the fine arts and popular culture, especially photography. In addition to publishing academic monographs, articles, and anthologies, I am editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England. I have ongoing projects involving students and material culture, including an MA study tour to Lithuania, and I led a team of three Master’s students in computer science in developing an app about London’s East End.

Bevan, Andrew


My interests are in material culture studies and human landscape ecology, particularly using archaeological and historical evidence. I have a focus also on computational and spatial modelling in both 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as the further challenges posed by chronologically uncertain datasets.

Bikakis, Antonis


My main research activities are in logic-based knowledge representation and reasoning. I study how to structure and model knowledge so that it can be processed by computer programs, and how to augment computer systems with reasoning capabilities so that they can make inferences and take decisions based on the available knowledge. I am interested in supervising topics that are related to modelling and reasoning about knowledge in arts, heritage and archaeology with the use of Semantic Web and rule-based technologies, and argumentation theory.

Boddington, Anne

University of Brighton

Dean of Faculty of Arts, involved in the strategic design and development of learning and research space (See: EPSRC PATINA); Relationships between education in Museum and Higher Education sectors; currently working the University’s Centre for Innovation Management, examining knowledge exchange and the convergence of design and innovation as it impacts on SME’s in the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Boehm, Jan


Dr Jan Boehm’s research interest are in photogrammetry, 3D scanning, point cloud processing and robotics. He gathered expertise in many areas of 3D scanning over the past 15 years including close-range fringe projection, terrestrial laser scanning and photogrammetric reconstruction. He is currently investigating consumer and low-cost range cameras and mobile laser scanning. Another research fields he is active in is automated extraction of features and objects from point clouds and images and the generation of 3D models.

Bowles, Robert


Robert Bowles is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Mathematics at UCL. His research interests are in the application of high Reynolds-number asymptotic theory in Fluid Mechanics. The aim is to produce reduced sets of equations which represent the dominant physical processes at work in any particular application. These can then be investigated analytically and numerically. He has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UCL and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bristol.

Bozec, Laurent


As a biophysicist with expertise in scanning probe microscopy, I am interested in understanding how the nanoscale properties of tissues shape their macro-scale behaviour. My research is centered on the nano-metrology of collagen in health and disease including ageing and syndromes. Other research interests include nanoscale characterisation of (bio)materials, interactions between cells/bacteria with implants’ surfaces as well as damage assessment of collagen-based artefacts in Cultural Heritage.

Broughton, Vanda


My area of expertise (and research activity) is that of subject related knowledge organization, including classification, indexing, metadata, and information retrieval. Most of my professional life has been spent in the creation of structured controlled vocabularies such as classification systems and thesauri, in a number of subject domains, together with the development of the theory and methodology underpinning such systems. Research in recent years has been into how the these systems and their principal features can be represented for a digital environment, using markup languages and other machine understandable tools. I’d be interested to supervise any work where the problems of representation, organization, and retrieval in any (or all) subject fields are important, or where tools for those purposes are proposed.

Bryan, Paul

Historic England

Paul Bryan is the Geospatial Imaging Manager within the Imaging Team of Historic England. Based in York he heads up the Geospatial Imaging team which carries out metric surveys of historic objects, buildings, sites and landscapes using laser scanning, photogrammetry and multi-image based ‘Structure-from-Motion’ survey approaches. Awarded Fellowship of the RICS in 2014 Paul has extensive knowledge of image-based survey approaches and advises the sector on the heritage application of RPAS/UAV/drone platforms and Building Information Modelling (BIM). He has co-authored a number of related documents including the Historic England ‘Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage’, which sets the standard for metric surveys across the heritage sector; ‘3D Laser Scanning for Heritage’; ‘Multi-Light Imaging for Heritage Applications’ and ‘BIM for Heritage – Developing a Historic Building Information Model’, which is due for publication in June 2017.

Bunn, Jenny


My research interests are around digital curation and the ongoing management for use of all forms of data. I am an archivist by training and so have expertise in metadata, assessing the significance and value of data in different contexts, knowledge representation and the provision of access to information. I also have an interest in cybernetics and systems.

Burd, Harvey

University of Oxford

The use of computational methods (principally the finite element method) to conduct detailed modelling studies in structural analysis, soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Previous work has included the assessment of the risk of damage to historic masonry buildings as a consequence of underground tunnel construction activities (e.g. for new underground transportation links). I also have expertise in the development of remote sensing systems to locate and identify buried assets (e.g. water and gas pipes, power cables etc.) I would be interested in being involved with research projects related to the structural integrity and performance of historic masonry buildings.

Cassar, May


May Cassar is Professor of Sustainable Heritage at UCL. Her research expertise is in climate change and cultural heritage, preventive conservation strategies, environmental management of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and historic buildings and the utilisation of research as the evidence base for policy making.

Chevalier-Menu, Aurelia

Chevalier-Aurelia SME

Dr Aurelia Chevalier-Menu graduated in 2003 at the Institut national du patrimoine, restoration department in Paris. In 2005, she obtained a Master II degree in Art History from Paris Panthéon Sorbonne and in 2010, she obtained her PhD from Arts et Métiers ParisTech LCPI (supervisor Pr. Robert Duchamp). Since 2003, she works as a private painting conservator for French museums such as the Louvre museum, Beaubourg, or the Decorative Arts museum in Paris. Aurelia Chevalier-Menu is also involved in the development of innovative methods in order to improve restoration treatments. Her goal is linked with the comprehension of physico-chemical properties of restoration materials on paintings substrates, and she published several articles on the subject. From 2010, Aurelia Chevalier-Menu is in charge of the Paintings Cleaning course at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – restoration department (Conservation Restauration des Biens Culturels), where she teaches traditional cleaning and consolidation methods and innovation in the field.

Cole, James

University of Brighton

Archaeology: Human Origins – the evolution of our species and other hominins; Palaeolithic Archaeology – looking at the material culture of extinct hominins across the globe for insights into behaviour; Cognitive Archaeology – the evolution and development of the human mind and how that relates to material culture production. I also engage with GIS and other mapping systems. Related to that I know about various site survey techniques using Total Stations, DGPS systems, various sub-surface geophysics techniques including resistivity, magnetometry and GPR. I am interested in the use of these various survey techniques to reconstruct past / buried landscapes and model them in relation to hominin engagement and use.

Collins, Michael


Lecturer in the Department of History at UCL. He is working on the history of British experiments with federations, notably in central and east Africa, in the 1950s. His recent journal article ‘Decolonisation and the “Federal Moment”’ (Diplomacy & Statecraft, 24/1, February 2013) sketches some of the parameters of this project. Dr Collins’s work engages with ideas about sovereignty, territoriality, democracy and statehood, and also looks at the decolonisation of the British Empire within the context of the rise of international institutions after 1945.

Curran, Katherine


I am a Lecturer at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, and Assistant Course Director for both the MSc Sustainable Heritage and the MRes Heritage Science. I have a PhD in polymer chemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland and have worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the US. Since joining the Institute for Sustainable Heritage in 2011 my research has investigated the role of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in understanding the degradation and composition of historic objects. As a supervisor at SEAHA I would be interested in the degradation of historic materials, material analysis, analysis of VOC emissions from historic objects, preventive conservation and the conservation of historic plastics.

Curteis, Tobit

Tobit Curteis Associates LLP

Tobit Curteis runs a practice specialising in architectural conservation with a particular interest in the diagnosis and control of environmental deterioration in historic buildings. He works in the UK and abroad for clients including Historic England, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, Heritage Malta and the World Monument Fund. He is an external consultant for the Building Conservation and Research Team at Historic England and is the National Trust’s Advisor on Wall Paintings. Recent projects include investigations into the environmental deterioration and control at the cathedrals of York, Canterbury, Durham, St Pauls and Westminster Abbey, and the Hypogeum Hal Saflini in Malta. He has recently co-authored the book on Building Environment as part of the English Heritage Practical Building Conservation series.

D’Ayala, Dina


Professor Dina D’Ayala is Head of Structures and Co-director of the EPICentre research centre.  She is a structural engineer with a humanities background and her research focus is the protection of architectural heritage and urban settlements from natural hazard. Previously at University of Bath, she headed the Earthquake and Conservation Engineering Research group for 15 years. She believes that to preserve to posterity the authenticity of heritage in different locations worldwide a common and systemic interdisciplinary approach should be followed, delivering sustainable heritage structures within resilient communities.  Research milestones include the development of a numerical procedure to determine the seismic vulnerability of masonry dwelling (FaMIVE) with application from Turkey to Nepal, to Iran and Italy, the design and development of two patented dissipative strengthening prototypes, to retrofit architectural heritage and limit damage from seismic shocks.

De la Torre, Ignacio


I am a Palaeolithic archaeologist with interests in heritage, material science, geology and application of new digital methods to archaeological excavations. I am currently developing a research project at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), one of the world’s most relevant sites for human evolutionary research. The potential of my lines of research for collaboration with Engineering is huge; below are some research topics I am interested in supervising that could involve collaboration with Engineering: Application of photogrammetry to archaeological diggings to improve excavation methodology; 3D photogrammetric reconstructions of valuable archaeological artefacts for exhibition, digital repositories and research; 3D and optical microscopy applied to archaeological assemblages; Studies of material science (chemical and physical composition of archaeological artefacts) applied to Early Stone Age sites.

Duffy, Christina

The British Library

Christina is an Imaging Scientist at the British Library, providing analysis, testing, research and interpretation services, specialising in multispectral imaging, digital microscopy, and postprocessing imaging techniques. Projects have included Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert Gospel. She also teaches ‘Foundations of Working with Digital Objects’ course to internal staff and manages (and is the primary author of) the Collection Care blog.

Evans, Roger

University of Brighton

Natural Language Processing (symbolic, statistical and hybrid); Linguistic knowledge representation (lexicons, ontologies, multilingual issues); Metadata, particularly content-based metadata and its exploitation in digital asset management; Language-based user interfaces. Applications of the above to (inter alia) historical documents, museum records, digital cultural assets (heritage and contemporary); Analysis of social media/user-generated content in heritage settings.

Fatah gen Schieck, Ava


I’m Lecturer in Digital Interaction at the Bartlett School of Architecture. I’m interested in the design and development of Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality  (Physical/digital) spatial experiences within heritage environments: indoors (design of spatial experience and whole body interactions with objects in museums) and outdoors (urban interaction design in the city), which includes exploring participation and co-curation with the visitors/inhabitants.

Fearn, Tom


My expertise is in the area of applied statistics generally, but especially in so-called chemometrics, i.e. the application of multivariate statistical methods to problems in chemistry. I have worked a lot on spectroscopic calibration, mainly near infrared (NIR) but also other methodologies. I would be interested in co-supervising projects with substantial statistical content, and particularly interested in projects that involved novel applications of instrumentation such as NIR.

Fester, Giulia

Giulia received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009. She is an experimental physicist at Centro Fermi in Rome (Italy) and her research focuses on the development and application of advanced neutron techniques for the study of cultural heritage artefacts and materials at the nananoscale. These techniques include Diffraction, Gamma Spectroscopy, Neutron Resonance Analysis and Imaging. Currently she is member of the team participating to the design and development of a novel technique, i.e. Time of Flight Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (T-PGAA), and related methods at the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source (UK). She serving as referee for several international journals and co-editor of a book “Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” (2017).

Finn, Margot


Margot Finn is professor of modern British history at UCL, with particular interests in the history of material culture, domestic life and British colonial/imperial history. Her Leverhulme-funded East India Company at Home project ( ) explores the material impact of Asian trade on the British country house, and has entailed collaboration with cultural institutions that include the British Library and the National Trust. Finn is a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, chairing the V&A’s research support committee—in which capacity she would be keen to assist collaborations with V&A departments such as Conservation. From autumn 2014, she will be co-supervising a British Museum AHRC collaborative PhD student, working on the Museum’s colonial East African collections.

Flinn, Andrew


The application of social technologies and participatory practices to archival and heritage practice. In general I am interested in access to and use of cultural heritage, particularly archives and oral history. I am interested in how engagement with cultural heritage and archives can result in benefits beyond traditional academic scholarship including how such engagements might impact individual and collective identities, well-being, transformatory justice and historical accountability. In my research I am particularly interested in exploring participatory and collaborative approaches to heritage practice, and whilst engagement with archives and heritage clearly continues to happen in non-digital environments, I am very interested in supervising doctoral studies which examine how technology might change and even transform the engagement between different user groups and cultural heritage materials.

Fouseki, Kalliopi


My area of expertise lies in community participatory approaches integrated into heritage management and within the SEAHA I could focus on experiences of users and participants in digital curation and co-curation projects. In view this, any project that relates with experience of users/visitors/communities and digital heritage would be of interest.

Fraser, Murray


Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture in the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, as well as Vice-Dean of Research for the wider Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. He has published extensively on architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, globalisation, post-colonialism, design research and cultural studies. He has recently piloted the MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments through its validation process, this being an innovative course that brings together cutting-edge design with careful historical analysis and recording techniques provided by the renowned Survey of London, which is now part of the Bartlett School of Architecture. Professor Fraser is also involved in award-winning regeneration/heritage projects in the West Bank region as part of the Palestine Regeneration Team, co-founded with his colleagues Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari.

Freestone, Ian


I manage the Wolfson Laboratories in the Institute of Archaeology and my expertise is in materials characterisation, especially of inorganic materials. My research focuses upon glass and ceramics, but I also supervise students working on other materials, including pigments, metals and lime-rich materials. Research topics of interest involve the analysis of artefacts for the purpose of understanding early technology, technological change and trade/exchange.

Freeth, Tony


Tony Freeth is an international authority on the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism. He was lead author on two key papers in Nature, which have revolutionized the understanding of the Mechanism, as well as several other highly significant papers. He produced a film through his own production company, The 2000 Year-Old Computer, which has won many prizes as well as being shown extensively on BBC Four as well as internationally. His academic background was in pure Mathematics, with an MA and MMath from Cambridge University and an MSc and PhD in Mathematical Logic from Bristol University. He has been involved with a number of major exhibitions about the Antikythera Mechanism and continues to give presentations to a variety of audiences. He is actively involved with continuing research about the Mechanism. In a previous career, he was a film & TV producer/director working in science and arts documentaries, as well as making a series on agricultural development for subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Dr Norman Borlaug.

Gaisford, Simon


Simon is a Reader in Pharmaceutics and Head of the Department of Pharmaceutics. He joined the School in 2003, having previously been a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Huddersfield. He undertook his PhD at the University of Kent at Canterbury, under Professor AE Beezer and then held Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts at the School with Profs DQM Craig and G Buckton. Simon is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester, Honorary Treasurer (and Past Chair) of the Thermal Methods Group and Committee Member of the ICSC (both Royal Society of Chemistry).

Gant, Nick

University of Brighton

The creative generation, presentation, consumption and (e)valuation of virtual art, 3D artefacts, gifts and frictionless products and delivery models, Material meanings narratives (physical and / or digital / virtual) and methods in formation of meaning-making in materials. Constructive design research / formation and testing of new products (digital / physical).

Geismar, Haidy


I am a lecturer in digital anthropology and material culture with research interests in museums, indigenous rights, intellectual and cultural property, value, globalization, art and material culture. I would be happy to co-supervise relevant PhDs.

Gibson, Adam


My expertise is in medical imaging, particularly multimodality optical imaging of brain function and breast cancer. I am interested in looking at how established techniques from the medical field can be applied to other, newer fields such as digital humanities. I am currently developing methods for recovering illegible text from damaged parchment using multi-spectral photography and other techniques.

Gilchrist, John R.

Gilden Photonics Ltd

Dr Gilchrist is a co-founder of Gilden Photonics and the managing director. He is a specialist in time-resolved and steady-state optical spectroscopy and has had significant sales, marketing, technical, P&L and executive responsibilities in optical and spectroscopy businesses in both the UK and USA since 1985. Over the last 10 years he has been instrumental in the development of Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques in a wide range of scientific and industrial applications. John has held responsible posts in leading opto-electronics companies in both UK and USA since obtaining his PhD at Strathclyde University, Glasgow in 1986 for his research in opto-thermal transient emission radiometry – OTTER.
Dr. Gilchrist has been the industrial supervisor for more than 10 Phd and MSc students. He has held Visiting Professor positions at the University of Bath and also the University of Strathclyde. Moreover, he was a founder of the Hyper-spectral Centre of Excellence.

Gold, Nicolas


Nicolas Gold works at the intersection of software engineering, digital humanities and computer music. His research interests cover domain-specific languages and their analysis, aspects of digital humanities relating to music (e.g. computational performance studies, gesture understanding, and museum/archive guidance), and computer music systems, especially for live performance. He would be pleased to discuss research proposals in these areas.

Grantham, Andrew

University of Brighton

Senior Lecturer (Centre for Research In Innovation Management) Andrew has worked with artists, coders, producers and entrepreneurs in the videogames industry on creativity. He has investigated user-led innovation mediated by digital social networking; for example, Ecademy, LinkedIn, and UKVillages.

Gray, Frank

University of Brighton

Curator of Screen Archives South East, which encompasses lantern slides and amateur and professional moving images. Victorian and Edwardian film culture with particular emphasis on production and exhibition in Sussex, with the introduction of the new medium, the creation of films studios at Hove, the work of the Brighton School (the film pioneers G. A. Smith and James Williamson) and the construction of the first purpose-built cinemas

Grau-Bové, Josep


Lecturer at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Assistant Course Director for the MRes SEAHA. Josep holds a PhD in Heritage Science. His research has focused on the simulation and interpretation of indoor particulate matter pollution using Computational Fluid Dynamics. He has expertise in computational modelling, environmental monitoring and material science. He will be supervising projects focused on the study of environments and material change through imaging, monitoring, data processing and simulation.

Hales, James


Expertise related to the analysis of heritage materials (“measurement and sensing”) and the manner in which the data is then made accessible to a wider audience, be that a research community, the heritage profession or the general public (“digitally connected citizens”). My particular research interest is in making a materials science approach to heritage conservation issues relevant to as wide an audience as possible.

Hall, Jim

University of Oxford

Professor Jim Hall FREng is Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science and fellow of Linacre College. His research focuses upon management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems, in particular relating to various dimensions of water security, including flooding and water scarcity.

Harrison, Rodney


Rodney Harrison is a Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He has a broad range of experience working, research and teaching across the fields of natural and cultural heritage in Australia, UK and North America. His research engages the material histories of colonialism and heritage, ‘archaeologies’ of present and emergent futures, the uses of the past in contemporary societies, and the history and contemporary legacy of museum collecting. He is a founding member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and the author, co-author and (co-)editor of around 60 academic journal articles and book chapters and around a dozen books relating to these topics; most recently Heritage: Critical Approaches (Routledge, 2013). I am interested in supervising students on critical approaches to heritage and museology and the application of archaeological and material/visual ethnographic methods to heritage and other contemporary social and ecological issues.

Hewitt, Ian

University of Oxford

Ian is an applied mathematician, using mathematical models to investigate scientific problems. Much of his research relates to problems in geoscience – trying to understand how the Earth works. His expertise covers Fluid dynamics, Asymptotic analysis, Free-boundary problems, Multiphase problems, Fluid-structure interactions, Viscoplastic fluids, Industrial mathematics.

Hidalgo, Manuel


Manuel Hidalgo was born in Mexico, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from U.N.A.M. (Autonomous National University of Mexico). He earned his Ph. D. degree in macromolecular materials from the University of Lyon I in France. In 1994, he joined Elf-Atochem at its Research and Development Center in Levallois – Perret, next to Paris. From 2002 to 2010, he worked full time at Arkema’s Research, and Development center in Pierre-Bénite, next to Lyon. Since 2011, and at present, he is co-project leader for a joint laboratory between CEA-INES (French National Institute on Solar Energy), and Arkema, located at Le Bourget du Lac, near Chambéry. In 2007 he was named one of Arkema’s first technical experts, and since 2016 he is a Senior Research Scientist for the company. Dr. Hidalgo holds more than 60 patents, and has published near 30 papers, all in the field of Polymer Science.

Hollis, David


I am an Applications Consultant covering North West Europe, as well as being Product Manager for the solid mechanics related products within LaVision. The primary mission of the company is to provide photonic measurement solutions to the scientific and industrial markets. LaVision is involved in an ongoing process of innovation and development of (laser) imaging systems, smart optical sensors, measurement technologies and software tools. Our company has considerable experience particularly in the field of strain monitoring and visualisation of structural defects, where our StrainMaster system has been used to analyse shape, deformation and strain. The technique employed to achieve these measurements is called Digital Image Correlation (DIC); one area which I have particular expertise in.

Howell, David

University of Oxford

David is Head of Conservation Research at the Bodleian Libraries. His current research interests include exploring the overlap between digitisation and spectroscopic imaging of heritage collections. Digitisation of manuscripts allows global access to words and images of unique library items, but techniques such as FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, Reflectance Transformation Imaging and hyperspectral imaging can give added access to the materiality of objects.

Hudson-Smith, Andrew


Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, Director and Deputy Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at The Bartlett, University College London. Andy is a Reader in Digital Urban Systems and Editor-in-Chief of Future Internet Journal, he is also an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Greater London Authority Smart London Board and Course Founder of the MRes in Advanced Spatial Analysis and Visualisation at University College London. Expertise/Research Topics…Expertise in smart cities, geo-location, urban sensors, app development and the Internet of Things to create and explore data around location and place for cultural heritage applications. With a focus on crowd sourcing, data collection, urban analytics and 3D visualisation. The current research push is around tracking and communication of sentiment and empathy around objects of cultural heritage with use of EEG headsets, remote networked techniques and realtime tracking technologies.

Julier, Simon


Simon Julier is a Reader in the Department of Computer Science. His interests lie in the development of information systems to aid situational awareness, including information fusion, estimation, mapping and tracking, together with user interfaces. He has worked extensively with the use of mobile augmented reality systems to aid in military decision making, construction pre-visualisation, and support of community-driven cultural heritage.

Kaminski, Jaime

University of Brighton

Cultural Business: Impact, Strategy and Technology)/Cultural Informatics Research Group: Interests include the socio-economic impact and sustainability of novel enterprises in digital heritage. Specific areas of research include the business and enterprise models associated with digital heritage, the value of digital heritage, best practices, community engagement and its wider societal benefits.

Keune, Katrien


Dr. Keune is the paintings research scientist at Rijksmuseum and project leader of the NWO-funded project “Paint Alteration in Time – PAinT” at  University of Amsterdam (HIMS, UvA). She participate in four NWO-funded projects carried out within the new interdisciplinary research center the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS).  Katrien received her master’s degree (2000) and her PhD (2005) in chemistry, both at the UvA. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Binding medium, pigments and metal soaps characterised and localised in paint cross-sections’. She has specialized in the chemistry, ageing and degradation of traditional oil paints with an emphasis on pigment-binder interactions.  Dr. Keune is supervising four PhD students and a post-doc. She also has supervised several master students from the Chemistry and the Conservation & Restoration courses at UvA.

Knox, Dilwyn


My research interests are in Renaissance Studies, particularly Renaissance philosophy and learning, education, cosmology and Copernicanism. I have published articles and books in these fields and have won various fellowships, research awards and travel grants, in the UK, Germany and the USA. My research over the past ten or so years has focused on cosmology in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, with special focus on Copernicus.

Koestler, Robert J.

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Robert J. Koestler is the Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. He is known for his advances in art conservation research and practice, including quantification and early detection of biodeterioration; assessment of visual changes in material surfaces; and control of insect and fungal infestations in objects. He has worked for more than 40 years in the museum field, first at the American Museum of Natural History and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kuechler, Susanne


Susanne Küchler is Professor Anthropology and Material Culture at University College London. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in island Papua New Guinea and Eastern Polynesia over the past 25 years, studying the modular, composite image in its relation to political economies of knowledge at home in the maritime cultures of the South Pacific from a comparative perspective. Her more recent work on the history of the take-up, in the Pacific, of cloth and clothing as ‘new’ material and ‘new technology’ has focused on social memory and material translation, and on the epistemic nature of pattern. The ontology of the image, of modularity and of the decorative arts  is the central theme of  her forth coming work on The Material Mind  which follows publications on Malanggan: Art, Memory and Sacrifice (2002); Pacific Pattern (2005) and Tivaivai: The Social Fabric of the Cook Islands (2009).

Kurtz, Donna

University of Oxford

Cultural heritage (tangible) – scholarship of sites, monuments and objects, Integration of CH research across Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Scholarly content about tangible CH, conservation, preservation, sustainable development, policy, with Business School, Faculty of Law, Technology faculties and units, Museums and collections. Digital Cultural Heritage: exploiting the potential of digital technologies for cultural heritage open linked data for documentation, dissemination and public engagement: the future of the past.

Lake, Mark


I would potentially be interested in supervising projects involving the application of geographical information systems to problems in archaeology and cultural heritage. I’m co-author of Cambridge University Press’ “Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology” and have particular expertise in visibility analysis, but would consider other applications as well.

Lagerqvist, Bosse

University of Gothenburg

Bosse Lagerqvist is appointed Head of the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg for the period 2012-18. He received his doctorate in Conservation in 1997 on a dissertation on photogrammetry, recording methodologies and heritage management. His research interests has since then been focused on the industrial and maritime heritage, and the potential of heritage processes to overbridge societal conflicts. His lecturing covers subjects within the field of integrated conservation of built environments.

During 2004 to 2008 he combined his university employment with work in the regional organisation for heritage management in west Sweden, specifically addressing industrial and maritime heritage and how to use such remains as assets for societal development. From 2008 to 2012 he was the coordinator for the University of Gothenburg’s strategic initiative to develop critical heritage studies as an interdisciplinary field of research.

Laidlaw, Ian

Analytik Ltd

Ian is Managing Director and Founder of Analytik Ltd. The company, based in Cambridge, is a leading supplier of portable and handheld molecular spectroscopy systems. This includes Visible and Near-Infrared (Vis-NIR), FTIR (Mid IR), Raman, Multispectral and Hyperspectral Imaging Systems and Light Measurement Spectroradiometers, often sold to UK and Ireland conservation and heritage organisations. World Class instrumentation from leading manufacturers such as Agilent, ASD Inc, SciAps Inc, Headwall and Videometer A/S. Ian’s background and experience is mainly in the field of spectroscopy, chromatography and other analytical and diagnostic instrumentation. He has previously worked in Product Specialist, Sales Management, European Channel Management and European Business Development roles with major analytical instrumentation manufacturers such as Thermo Scientific, Varian, Jasco and Uson.

Lange-Berndt, Petra


Modern and contemporary art and questions around conservation, curation, heritage, materiality, thing-theory, museology, entanglements of art and science, collecting.

Learner, Tom

The Getty Conservation Institute

Tom Learner is Head of Science at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, which works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts – broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. He manages a team of about 25 scientists, and oversees all the Institute’s scientific research, developing and implementing its suite of projects.  He is both a chemist and a conservator, with a PhD in chemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Leslie, Alick

Historic Environment Scotland

Alick Leslie is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the analysis of building materials. He currently manages the Conservation Science Team at Historic Environment Scotland, providing analysis services to HES properties to maximise the efficiency of repair works. He and the team are also involved in collaborative research projects with universities, industry and conservation partners throughout the UK and Europe.

Lithgow, Katy

The National Trust

Katy Lithgow has a BA Hons in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art from Cambridge, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Wall Paintings Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she taught following an internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She joined the National Trust in 1991 as a preventive conservator, specializing in storage and protecting collections during building works. In 1995 she became the Trust’s Wall Painting Conservation Adviser and in 2002 Conservation Advisers Manger, before being appointed Head Conservator in 2005. She has published and lectured on wall painting conservation, preventive conservation, conservation management, interpretation in conservation, heritage science and sustainability. Katy is an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR), a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation (FIIC), Chair of the PACR scheme’s Accreditation Committee, and a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum.

Lockyear, Kris


My current interests lie in geophysical survey in archaeology, especially magnetometry and resistance surveys, and statistical methods in archaeology including multivariate techniques such as Correspondence Analysis.  I have experience in the design of relational databases in archaeology as well.  My main research currently revolves around applied numismatics, especially in the late Iron Age and Roman periods, and late Iron Age/Roman archaeology more generally.  I mainly work in the UK and Romania, and have a little experience of archaeology in the US.

Lorenzo, Rodolfo


Rodolfo’s structural engineering background consists of a combination of postgraduate training and research with practical professional experience. Rodolfo was part of the Special Projects team in the structural engineering consultancy Whitbybird Ltd (now Ramboll UK), involved in a wide range of projects including a very architecturally-oriented residential development in a conservation area in London, a slender, wind-sensitive cathedral spire and the analytical study of floor vibrations in high-rise buildings. Involved in the analysis, design and independent design check of new and historic bridges. Rodolfo’s current research interests include dynamics of cable-supported structures; structural dynamics and vibration monitoring; bamboo structures; natural construction materials and innovative structural systems.

MacDonald, Lindsay


Research Fellow in UCL Geomatic Engineering. PhD in colour image science. Expertise in application of imaging to digitisation of cultural heritage objects, including digital photography, multispectral imaging, colorimetry, photogrammetry, 3D surface reconstruction, polynomial texture mapping, modelling of angular reflectance distributions, and  rendering for display. Active over 25 years in evaluation, review and participation in European collaborative research projects in computing, multimedia and cultural heritage.

Mason, Lucy

Matelect Ltd, UK

Lucy is a Director of Matelect Ltd. The company, based in West London, has been a leading supplier of equipment for the detection and measurement of crack growth in metals, for over 35 years.  Matelect design and manufacture in the UK, and supply apparatus to research institutes and private industrial companies worldwide.  These instruments utilize an electrical method to follow cracking (AC and DC potential drop) and this has led to applications raging from the continuous monitoring of pressure vessels in the nuclear industry to testing metals that are used in jet engines and aircraft airframes.  The company has developed links with clients in many of the world’s major universities, but also works closely with major industrials in energy, nuclear, automotive, and aerospace sectors.   Lucy trained as a materials scientist to PhD level at Imperial College, and was involved in research into the use of advanced ceramics, such as zirconia, for orthopaedic implants.  She later qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney and worked in private practice for many years before joining the IP department of a major industrial within the defence sector, helping to protect many inventions of national importance.  She now runs her own patent practice, with a number of clients in the defence industry, as well as maintaining her role in Matelect.

Martinon-Torres, Marcos


I am a Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. My main interest is the reconstruction of ancient technologies and trade based on the instrumental analysis of archaeological materials, with a particular emphasis on metals and metallurgy, and ideally combining science with archaeology, anthropology, history and/or public engagement. Some of my main projects focus on the archaeology of alchemy and chemistry, gold and other metals in the Americas, and the making of the Chinese Terracotta Army. I am willing to supervise research topics engaging any of these broad areas.

Mavrogianni, Anna


Dr Anna Mavrogianni is a Lecturer in Sustainable Building and Urban Design at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. She is an expert in indoor environmental quality, building energy retrofit and climate change adaptation of the built environment sector, with a focus on overheating and heatwave vulnerability at the building and urban scale. Anna trained as an architect engineer specialising in building physics and environmental design at the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL and has several years of experience in architectural design and environmental consultancy.

Mazzei, Luca


My research activities focus on the mathematical modelling, CFD simulation and experimental validation of multiphase polydisperse reactive systems, using population balance models and averaging techniques. These systems consist of a continuous phase (a gas or a liquid) in which other discontinuous phases are dispersed (particles, droplets or bubbles). I am currently involved in modelling of the deposition of airborne particulates on solid surfaces (of heritage buildings). Another project is on the modelling of the degradation process of paper-based archival collections, where we are investigating the role played by VOCs. I would be interested in supervising research topics that involve the areas mentioned above: mathematical modelling, CFD simulations, multiphase systems and transport phenomena.

Medda, Francesca


Professor of Applied Economics and Finance at UCL. She is interested in research covering Financial instruments, Urban heritage brownfield sites, Private and public interventions, Risk and resilience analysis, and Land value finance.

Miller, Rob


Research expertise is in logic-based knowledge representation and automated reasoning, and in particular in causal reasoning and reasoning about actions in dynamic domains. In this context, I study how automated reasoning may be achieved in domains where knowledge is uncertain or incomplete, so that default reasoning techniques need to be applied. For practical system development my research generally utilises logic programming technology such as Prolog or ASP. A recent focus has been on automated story understanding using argumentation theory. I am interested in supervising reseach topics that involve applying logic-based reasoning techniques to domains in arts, heritage and archaeology, especially where those domains involve causal knowledge or reasoning about change over time.

Moriarty, Catherine

University of Brighton

Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives: Digital curation and its potential as a transferable skill and mechanism for generating new understanding of the relationship between the past and the future. She has supervised collaborative doctoral projects that establish a connection between digital research methodologies and content interpretation in museum and archive environments.

Moussouri, Theano


My research looks at: 1) the interface between museums and visitors (including potential visitors); specifically I am interested in how people make meaning of their visits to museums, embodied approaches to museum experiences and how these fit in their socio-cultural lives; 2) the development of professional identity and the navigation of museum practice, and management & sharing of knowledge by exhibition developers (this included computer-supported collaborative exhibition development), and 3) I have also been active in synthesising evidence to coalesce it into frameworks for policy-makers and practitioners. Research topics: use of mobile technology in visitor research; embodied interaction; visitor meaning-making and perception; motivation research; research-to-practice and knowledge transfer in the museum sector; exhibition development & the development of professional identity among exhibition developers; developing context appropriate and culturally sensitive qualitative research methodologies.

Mumovic, Dejan


Dejan is a building scientist with a background in heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineering and the extensive experience of monitoring and modelling work in the field of the built environment. Dejan’s research focuses on the development of appropriate techniques necessary for evaluating built environment issues holistically. Dejan’s research expertise includes: a) building performance analysis including the application and development of advanced modelling techniques utilizing performance data and simulation as a design driver b) building stock performance analysis including the development of semi-empirical bottom-up physically disaggregated building stock models as well as top-down statistical modelling studies, and c) environmental and behavioural factors in a non-residential sector in sustainable environmental design and engineering including the impacts on health and performance.

Nash, David J.

University of Brighton

I am a physical geographer with expertise in the historical climatology of tropical regions, the characteristics and mode of formation of terrestrial geochemical sediments such as silcrete and calcrete (including their use in stone tool manufacture), and Quaternary to recent environmental change. The main topics I would be interested in supervising within the framework of the CDT SEAHA include: (i) developing techniques for provenancing flint and silcrete which were widely used by early humans; (ii) Quaternary landscapes and archaeology in southeast England.

Nelson, Tonya


Tonya Nelson is Head of Museums and Collections at UCL, which is comprised of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL Art Museum and UCL Pathology Museum as well as a range of teaching and research collections. She has written on the role university museums play as experimental spaces for R&D in the heritage and cultural sectors. Working with UCL’s Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) department and the Petrie Museum collection, Tonya led a project to understand the potential for 3D imaging and printing technology to increase audience engagement with heritage collections.  Tonya currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Collections Trust and is leading the development of a new museum space at UCL’s future campus in East London.

Nyhan, Julianne


My expertise is in Digital Humanities (very broad knowledge of the field with particular specializations in XML; markup of primary and secondary sources and information resources; and the creation and use of digital editions); the history of computing (especially the history of computing in the Humanities and oral history methodologies) and Digital Lexicography and meta Lexicography (especially the future of the dictionary in the digital age and the history of the remediation of the dictionary at the intersection of Culture, Technology, Learning and Society from medieval to modern times) . I’d be interested in supervising topics in the areas of Digital Humanities, Digital Information Studies, the History of Computing, Oral history and digital / meta lexicography.

O’Brien, Jamie


My research interests relate to agent-based models of socio-spatial domains. For example, one current project deals with graph-theoretical visualisations of community inequalities, and another deals with space-time modelling of ‘operationally challenging’ environments. Such systems can model heritage and cultural sites to support, for example, situated learning, spatial flows, social interactions and visitor experiences. I would be interested in supervising students in these fields, as well as other opportunities for collaborations as they arise.

O’Grady, Caitlin


I am a conservation scientist/conservator with expertise in the non-destructive and destructive analysis and interpretation of ceramics, lime plaster/wall paintings and metal materials. I work on archaeological excavations in Guatemala and Turkey. I am interested in supervising a PhD focused on the development of low-weight, low-cost methods for stabilizing and backing reconstructed lime-based wall paintings fragment groups, which are friable, fragile and of variable thickness, using aluminium, triaxial woven textiles, epoxy and/or composite supports. I am also interested in supervising projects associated with ceramic technologies.

Oriola, Marta

University of Barcelona

Dr. Oriola is a conservator with international training and work experience. She got her PhD in 2012 from the University of Barcelona with the title Non-destructive condition assessment of painting canvases using NIR spectrometry and the research has been published in several recent papers. Marta now teaches in the field of Painting’s Conservation at the Faculty of Fine Arts (University of Barcelona).

Parkin, Ivan


Professor Ivan Parkin focusses on the development of thin films of materials by chemical vapour deposition and sol-gel. His group is also interested in the formation of functionalised nanoparticles, especially of gold and metal oxides. His work is driven by functional properties, regularly looking into photocatalysis, wetting, antimicrobial properties and conductivity, producing the world’s stickiest hydrophobic surface. Professor Parkin is Professor of Chemistry and Head of Department, his work includes over 540 publications in international journals, >150 invited conference lectures and international University Lectures. In the last ten years published 250 publications- the majority of which are in journals with impact factor >5..

Pepper, Michael


Professor Sir Michael Pepper FREng, FRS is Pender Professor of Nanoelectronics in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Honorary Professor of Physics, and a member of the London Centre for Nanotechnology. Much of his research is in the field of quantum effects in semiconductor nanostructures particularly at low temperatures and as a Co-Founder and Director of TeraView Ltd he has an interest in applications of terahertz radiation which is between the microwave and infra-red regions of the spectrum. Terahertz has applications in industrial process control, security, pharmaceuticals as well as in heritage where the spectroscopic aspects can be used for identification and as an imaging system which can produce images several millimetres below a surface.

Pemberton, Lyn

University of Brighton

Reader in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Brighton where she leads the Interactive Technologies Research group. Her expertise is in user-centred design principles and evaluation of interactive technologies particularly for learning and cultural heritage. Potential research topics: user research, usability evaluation, technology acceptance and adoption, mobile and ubiquitous information design and use, crowd sourcing, user generated content, gamification, social networking and annotation, uses of mobile augmented reality, learning technologies.

Petr, Michael

The Dow Chemical Company

Michael Petr is an Associate Research Scientist for the Dow Chemical Company where he leads projects to develop new process aids for the Plastics Additives business.  He has a BS in chemical engineering from Iowa State University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Pollard, Mark

University of Oxford

Director of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the history of Art, and Edward Hall Professor of Archaeological Science. His research encompasses the application of the physical sciences, particularly chemistry, within archaeology, and has included a wide range of topics. It might be summarized under three main headings – the study of archaeological materials, the investigation of biogeochemical processes, and numerical applications in archaeology and palaeoclimatic reconstruction.

Quinn, Patrick


Senior Research Associate in Ceramic Petrography. Patrick is a specialist in the materials analysis of archaeological pottery, refractories and plaster based structures. Patrick applies techniques from the earth sciences, chemistry and physics to investigate ancient technology and evidence for past processes such as trade and exchange, migration and cultural interaction. Patrick undertakes and supervises research on artefacts from many archaeological periods and geographic areas worldwide.

Raynham, Peter


I am interested in the whole area of lighting, ranging from visual science through lamp physics, photometry though to appearance of lit spaces. I have been active in research in the areas of street lighting, lighting in schools and the modelling of both daylight and electric light.

Rehren, Thilo


My main research interest is in the study of the production of ancient inorganic materials, particularly metals, glass, pigments and some ceramics. This normally focuses on production debris rather than finished artefacts, and uses optical and chemical analytical approaches initially developed in the Earth Sciences. My geographical focus is currently on the Islamic World and the wider Middle East. However, I have active interests also in Europe, East Asia and in the Americas and across Africa, in all periods, and would be willing to supervise accordingly. However, I am currently based in Doha as part of UCL Qatar, and am only every six weeks or so in London.

Richardson, Emma


Analytical Chemistry: Thermal Analysis; Mechanical Analysis; Vibrational Spectroscopy; Single-sided NMR (spin-lattice and spin-spin relaxation) Materials Analysis: Organic polymers with a particular focus on synthetics; Plasticizers; Fibres and Films Proposed Projects: Protective paint and stain systems for outdoor wood (diffusion, mechanical analysis); Monitoring of cross-linking mechanisms in adhesives (solubility, glass transition, spin-relaxation); Effect of environmental conditions on the migration of plasticizers in cellulose derivatives (diffusion, moisture penetration, pH dependence).

Ritchie, Grant

University of Oxford

Associate Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. His research interests focus upon the development and application of diode laser-based spectroscopic techniques to a variety of fundamental and applied problems in gas phase chemistry. The research seeks to employ cutting edge optical material technology to produce continuous wave, narrow band, high power, single mode laser sources operating in the uv and mid-IR spectral regions and to use such radiation in conjunction with sensitive time-resolved absorption methods for novel experiments in reaction dynamics, plasmas diagnostics and aeronomy.

Robson, Eleanor


I’m a historian of the ancient and medieval Middle East with particular interests in science and technology in the region (my first degree was in mathematics, centuries ago). I’m new to UCL but in the past I’ve co-supervised graduate projects with materials scientists/engineers which combine textual and material approaches to historical questions, e.g., the reconstruction of glazing and glassmaking techniques. I also co-direct the large international research co-operative, The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus and am interested in computational approaches to large text corpora, particularly spelling analysis in non-alphabetic texts.

Robson, Stuart


His research is in the field of the traceable on-line dynamic 3D co-ordination and monitoring of engineering, medical and fine art structures using photogrammetry, vision metrology and colour laser scanning. Stuart Robson founded and now leads the cross-faculty UCL 3D scanning initiative, stimulating pan-London and international research projects and providing a strategic vision of the significance of 3D imaging technologies to heritage, medical, engineering and creative sectors. He has a track record in engineering measurement working with NASA, Airbus, UK Atomic Energy Authority (JET) and NPL, in medical physics where he collaborates to optimise optical tomography and x-ray tomography for clinical and security purposes.

Rodriguez Echavarria, Karina

University of Brighton

Lecturer in Computer Science/Research Fellow in Cultural Informatics Research Group. She is currently PI in the EPSRC research project “Automatic Semantic Analysis of 3D Content in Digital Repositories”. Her research interest includes the documentation and visualisation of heritage collections, embedding semantics and knowledge to heritage 3D digital assets as well as the use of 3D documentation for producing 3D printable products to support the exhibition and conservation of heritage artefacts. Research topics for supervising includes: i) generating complex, diverse and linked data resources, ii) adding value to data through citizen’s involvement empowered by the use of mobile technologies and social media, iii) design and engineering of heritage 3D printable product.

Salway, R. W. Benet


Roman Imperial History (social and political), Roman epigraphy (Greek and Latin) and onomastics, Roman law, and travel and geography in the Graeco-Roman world. Specifically for heritage science students, I can offer expertise in supervising topics related to the conservation and recording of inscribed artefacts (on metal, wood, and stone) of the Greek, Roman, and early medieval periods.

Samek Lodovici, Vieri


I am a theoretical linguist investigating the cognitive representation of human language, and the prosody-syntax interface in particular.

Sapsed, Jonathan

University of Brighton

Research interests are innovation management and policy-making. He specialises in the creative industries and where digital technology meets art. Potential SEAHA topics ‘Fusion’ of arts, humanities and STEM skills in cultural heritage.Cultural value, business models and monetisation for cultural heritage institutions Management of cultural heritage projects and organisations Cultural heritage as ‘content’ for creative industries e.g. games, TV. Use of digital marketing and social media in cultural heritage.

Schofield, Eleanor

Mary Rose Trust

Dr. Eleanor Schofield is the Conservation Manager at the Mary Rose Trust. After completing her PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College London, she moved to Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, specialising in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy techniques. Following this she moved to the University of Kent investigating neutralisation treatments for acidic waterlogged archaeological wood, utilising x-ray techniques at Diamond Light Source. Since joining the Mary Rose Trust, her work has focused on monitoring the drying of the Mary Rose hull and researching novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods for a variety of archaeological materials.

Schroder, Peter


History of Political Thought, mainly 17th and 18th centuries, but I would also consider projects in the 19th and in some exceptional cases 20th c., depending on the specifc project. I hold a joint appointment in History and ESPS at UCL.

Shashoua, Yvonne

National Museum of Denmark

Yvonne Shashoua is a Senior Research Scientist in Conservation and Natural Sciences at the National Museum of Denmark. After graduating in industrial chemistry, she worked as a paint technologist before joining the British Museum as a conservation scientist. Yvonne relocated to the National Museum of Denmark in 1998 to specialize in the degradation and conservation of plastics and have more than 90 publications in this field including a monograph ‘Conservation of plastics-materials science, degradation and preservation’ by Elsevier. She was coordinator of the ICOM Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group for two triennials up til 2008. Her major research focus to characterize the degradation pathways of plastics in modern art and objects and to develop novel techniques to inhibit them. I am currently a partner in the Horizon 2020 project NANORESTART and in Sustainable Conservation techniques for polyurethane ester foams, supported by the Danish Ministry for Culture and Palaces and Plastic-free seas funded by the Velux Foundation.

Signorello, Stefania

Wellcome Library

Stefania received both a Diploma and a Degree in Fine Arts before moving to Florence in 1991 to study Book and Paper Conservation. She gained work experience in Rome, Florence, Milan and Prague before moving to London in 1997. She has since worked at a number of institutions in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Theatre Museum, the Bodleian Library and the Oxford University Archives. Stefania has been an accredited member of the Icon Book and Paper (B&P) Group since 2001 and has served as both Deputy Chair and Chair for the group’s managing committee. She has been working as a conservator at the Wellcome Library since 2003.

Skinner, Matthew


I am an expert in human evolution and the anatomy of bones and teeth. My current research examines, in part, the biomechanical response of bone to loading during key behaviours related to human evolution (e.g., using tools and walking bipedally). I am involved in finite element modelling and the analysis of trabecular microarchitecture and I believe this would be a source of potential projects and collaborations.

Smith, Philippa

London Metropolitan Archives

Principal Archivist at LMA, the largest local government archive repository in the UK with 100km of documents from 1067 to the present; LMA is an Accredited Archive Service and the collections have Designated status. Manages two teams at LMA: Collections (responsible for acquisitions and cataloguing); and Conservation. LMA lead on the cutting edge project to conserve, digitise and transcribe The Great Parchment Book. Closely involved with a number of Wellcome Trust funded projects including a well-received project to conserve and make accessible sources for mapping and imaging smallpox. Lectures occasionally at the School of Information Studies at UCL on service evaluation and is a member of the Cipfa Archives Working Party and the Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

Song, Ran

University of Brighton

A senior lecturer based in the Cultural Informatics Research Group in Brighton. Research interests are in the field of computer vision and graphics. In particular, Ran is an expert in 3D shape analysis, mesh saliency and multi-view surface reconstruction. He has worked for RIVIC, one of the largest visual computing projects in the UK and developed state-of-the-arts methods for mesh saliency detection and 3D surface reconstruction from multiple range scans. Within SEAHA, Ran is interested in exploring how computer vision and graphics techniques can be used in a semantic manner to solve existing problems related to heritage and media.

Spicer, Dag

Computer History Museum, USA

Dag Spicer is CHM’s “Chief Content Officer”, and is responsible for creating the intellectual frameworks and interpretive schema of the Museum’s various programs and exhibitions. He also leads the Museum’s strategic direction relating to its collection of computer artifacts, films, documents, software and ephemera—the largest collection of computers and related materials in the world. He is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Annals for the History of Computing and is a member of the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Steed, Anthony


I would be interested in practical development of interactive computer graphics systems, particularly virtual reality and augmented reality systems, in support of heritage applications. The potential scope would include technical developments such as visualising 3D scans or data, visualising non-visual spatial data about objects, online 3D database, interface technologies and user experience. I am also interested in longer-term potentials such as use of telepresence technologies, next generation displays, high-definition media and automated content development.

Stelfox, Dawson

Consarc Design Group

Worked as Architect with Consarc Design Group from1983‐1989.
In 1995 rejoined Consarc to head the specialist team of Consarc Conservation, concentrating on restoration of historic buildings. Became a director of Consarc Design Group Ltd. in 1997 and Chairman in 2002, overseeing the company’s restoration of and move into the historic Gasworks building on the Ormeau Road, Belfast. Consarc is one of Ireland’s largest architectural practices and is well known for both conservation and new build project, including the Odyssey Complex, Lisburn Civic Centre, the Merchant Hotel Belfast and The Braid, Ballymena. Over the years Dawson has worked on some of the most important historic buildings in Northern Ireland including Parliament Buildings, St George’s Markets, McHugh’s Bar, St Patrick’s Schools in Donegall Street, St Matthew’s Church. Former President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (2008‐2010), honorary Secretary of the Mourne Heritage Trust, and a long standing activist in the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Currently Chair of the Outdoor Recreation NI (formerly CAAN) and chair of the RIBA Steering Group on Conservation Accreditation. Leaders were Dawson Stelfox and Frank Nugent and on 27th May 1993, Dawson became the first person from Ireland to climb Everest and the first from Britain or Ireland to climb the north ridge, the scene of Mallory and Irvine’s disappearance in 1924.

Strlic, Matija


Interested in many aspects of heritage science: studies of materials and collections, environmental interactions, and interactions of users with heritage. Recent work includes smell of heritage, heritage degradomics, quantitative hyperspectral chemical imaging, development and use of damage functions, modelling of collections (collections demography) and collection surveys using non-destructive tools.

Sully, Dean


My main areas of research have related to the conservation of organic materials within museum collections. Particularly how the process of conservation is applied; from the use or excavation of an artefact, through to its display and storage in a museum context.This has focussed on:the treatment of waterlogged wood and leather,the use of Data in conservation,the provision of suitable display environments,the management of pests in a Tropical environment andthe documentation of traditional techniques of conservation in South East Asia.

Talgorn, Elise


Elise Talgorn is an inventor and storyteller. She was trained as a physicist, with a focus on opto-electronic materials for renewable energy, lighting as well as art conservation. Today she works as a strategic design researcher at Philips Design and explores new ideation processes for healthcare innovation.

Terras, Melissa


I am interested in the digitisation process, both in novel capture methods (including developing best practice in digitisation of cultural and heritage material), ascertaining use and user requirements of resulting digitised cultural and heritage content, and how digitised content can be further reused to allow analysis of complex humanities problems, and engage in discussions with the general public regarding questions about society. I’ve worked with a range of image capture and processing technologies (both 2D and 3D) and with various heritage partners, and am keen to help understand how digitisation can benefit heritage.

Tiedau, Ulrich


Ulrich Tiedau is a historian and digital humanist. He has worked on and across the boundaries of humanities and communication technologies for most of his professional life and published widely on Belgian, Dutch and German history as well as on distance education and digital scholarship. He is an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and held a series of research grants within the UKOER programme of JISC and the HE Academy, as well as a major collaborative European grant that develops text and sentiment mining techniques for longitudinal cultural analysis of vast digitized newspaper collections in the British Library and various other European national libraries. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies which in December 2009 has been awarded an honourable mention in the Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, review editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities, and is a co-convenor of the Low Countries history research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR).

Topalis, Frangiskos

National Technical University of Athens

Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He teaches the courses of lighting, rational use of energy in electrical installations, quality assurance and high voltage systems. He is director of the Lighting Laboratory. His area of specialization is photometry and lighting systems. He is author of text books on lighting. He has coordinated several projects in the field of photometry, lighting, rational use of energy in lighting installations and of the development of lighting control systems and luminance measuring systems with imaging sensors.

Toth, Mike

R B Toth Associates

President and Chief Technology Officer of R.B.Toth Associates, which provides a range of strategic services for organizations seeking to structure appropriate and practical responses to complex issues. He provides systems integration, program management and strategic planning for the study, preservation and display of cultural objects for museums and libraries. This includes planning and managing the Archimedes Palimpsest Imaging Project, spectral imaging of the Waldseemuller 1507 World Map, drafts of the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s hand and other manuscripts at the Library of Congress. He has worked with and managed advanced imaging systems at the Walters Art Museum and the Library of Congress, as well as X-ray fluorescence imaging at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. His work is cited in the book The Archimedes Codex and several articles.

Townsend, Joyce


Dr Joyce Townsend is a senior conservation scientist, based at Tate Britain, London. She works on the identification and deterioration of materials and on the interpretation of artists’ techniques, for British art mainly ranging in date from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.  Her skills include optical and electron microscopy, colour measurement microfadometry, and supervision and management of many research projects. She works regularly with external researchers and Tate conservators who are evaluating or developing conservation processes or preventive conservation strategies. Recent heritage science projects with UCL have focussed on twentieth-century plastics-based works in the collection, and their characterisation and preservation, and she is external supervisor for a UCL SEAHA project being undertaken by Mark Kearney. She has published extensively in the conservation and heritage science literature, edited many Archetype conference proceedings, and is the author and/or editor of several Tate books on the techniques of several nineteenth-century artists.  She is an accredited conservator-restorer (ACR) and a fellow of IIC (FIIC), and Director of Publications for IIC since 2009.

Turner, Robert

Eura Conservation Ltd

Company director and senior conservator. Interests include SME involvement in conservation research and macro-conservation, the application of museum approaches to large-scale cultural heritage projects.

van Harreveld, Ton


Founder and currently innovation officer of Odournet, an international group of consultants on assessing and managing environmental nuisance odours and sensory assessment of products and materials. Ton has had a hand in developing olfactometry into a standardised method, culminating in the EN13725 European standard for olfactometry. His current interest moves towards the molecular perspective on odours and the holy grail of continuous odour measurement using instrumental sensors. Making sense of sensory.

Vermeulen, Koert

ACT Lighting Design

Koert Vermeulen founded ACT Lighting Design, an independent lighting & visual design agency, in Brussels/Belgium in 1995 and began creating lighting-, set-, video- and content designs for large-scale events, “sound & light” shows, theatre and music productions. Since 1998, he has expanded his work towards architectural lighting design for retail projects, city master plans, heritage sites and exhibitions.

In 2005, Koert designs for Franco Dragone the lighting & video for the prestigious permanent aquatic spectacle “Le Rêve”, at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in USA. In the same year he was appointed as a professor at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 2010 Koert was selected to be the principal lighting and multimedia designer for the opening and closing ceremony of the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Since 2006, he develops a new expression of contemporary Light Art installations such as “OVO” multi-sensory art object, “Tree rings” installation on the Champs-Elysées Avenue in Paris (2011 – 2014) and latest in date “Timeless Elegance” (2015-2017) illumination of Regent Street in London.

Current innovative projects include notably “Neopter”, new generation of drones destined to entertainment industry and “Immersive Experience”, a multi-sensory approach to the architecture and retail environment.

Viles, Heather

University of Oxford

Heather Viles is a geographer with major interests in geomorphology and heritage science. Much of her research focuses on the application of science to heritage conservation. She is currently Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation and Head of the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and involves studies at the interface of geomorphology with ecology, engineering geology, environmental chemistry and materials conservation.

Vlachou, Constantina

Historic Royal Palaces

Dr Constantina Vlachou ARC, Senior Conservation Scientist at Historic Royal Palaces, is responsible for the planning and execution of research projects informing the preservation of the diverse objects and interiors of the Palaces (with special focus on historic textiles). She has worked in various research areas such as preventive conservation, conservation science, environmental science, data management, material science and ancient technology. She is a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum and since 2010 has been UK expert in the CEN/TC 346 Conservation of Cultural Property project and member of the BSI Committee B/560 Conservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage.

Weyrich, Tim


Reader in the Virtual Environments and Computer Graphics group in the Department of Computer Science, University College London, and co-founder and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Prior to coming to UCL, he was a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Princeton University, working in the Princeton Computer Graphics Group, a post he took after having received my PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006. Tim Weyrich’s research interests are appearance modelling and fabrication, point-based graphics, 3D reconstruction, cultural heritage analysis and digital humanities.

Williams, Tim


Scientific analytical projects with inter-departmental collaborations on ceramic technologies, remote sensing and satellite imagery, 3D laser scanning of monuments, and materials technologies, mainly based around a long-term research project at Merv (modern-day Turkmenistan) and the Silk Roads.

Wojcik, Adam


Adam’s research interests concern many aspects of materials science.  He is particularly involved with characterisation of materials by a variety of techniques but has undertaken research across a diverse range of areas including ceramics processing, fuel cell materials, corrosion, adhesive, crack detection, biomaterials characterisation and tissue engineering.  He retains an active interest in ancient metallurgy/technology, supporting this with degrees in history and archaeology, and classical civilization.  Adam teaches materials science across all 4 years of the undergraduate programme, and is well known for his enthusiasm for his subject. He was awarded one of UCL’s Provost’s teaching awards in 2008.  He has supervised over 70 undergraduate student projects, over 30 MSc research student projects, and 7 completed PhDs, and currently has 6 PhD students under his supervision working in projects covering crack growth, cement based composites, fuel cells, and biomaterials/mechanics.

Xue, Jing-hao


Jing-Hao Xue is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Science at UCL. His current research interests include statistical classification, high-dimensional data analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition.


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Non-destructive surveying of paper-based collections using near-infrared spectrometry in collaboration with Lichtblau e.K.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology