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Dr Susan Ashley

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Susan Ashley is currently AHRC Leadership Fellow with the research project "(Multi)Cultural Heritage: New Perspectives on Public Culture, Identity and Citizenship" # AH/P008984/1. Dr Ashley holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto. Her research on heritage and its relation to subjectivity, representation and citizenship has been published in books by Routledge and Ashgate, and in peer-reviewed journals such as Organization, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Museum & Society and International Journal of Heritage Studies. She also edited the book 'Diverse Spaces: Identity, Heritage and Community in Canadian Public Culture'. Her monograph ‘A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum’ will be published by Routledge in 2018.

Dr. Ashley also has 20 years of consultancy and government work coordinating projects for culture and heritage sites across Canada. This work included policy, planning and developments related to heritage commemorations, disabled access, and diverse events, media and programs. She also has a background in journalism editing, writing and production for several community newspapers in Canada.

Dr Ashley is also a member of the Northumbria University Visual and Material Culture research group.


  • Communication Studies PhD June 30 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Critical Heritage Studies in Canada, Ashley, S., Terry, A. 1 Jul 2018, In: Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'etudes canadiennes
  • Recognition and repentance in Canadian multicultural heritage, Gordon-Walker, C., Alvarez Hernandez, A., Ashley, S. 1 Jul 2018, In: Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'etudes canadiennes
  • Critical Museum Theory/Museum Studies in Canada: A Conversation, McTavish, L., Ashley, S., Igloliorte, H., Roberston, K., Terry, A. 6 Dec 2017, In: Acadiensis
  • The Royal Ontario Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls and critical public engagement, Ashley, S. 3 Oct 2016, Museums and the Past: Constructing Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia Press
  • Museum-making: ‘New’ Canadians reimagine heritage and citizenship, Ashley, S. Oct 2016, Representation and Citizenship, Detroit, Wayne State University Press
  • Introduction: Heritage-Outside-In, Ashley, S., Frank, S. 8 Aug 2016, In: International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • Acts of Heritage, Acts of Value: Memorializing at the Chattri Indian Memorial, UK, Ashley, S. 4 Apr 2016, In: International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • Re-colonizing spaces of memorializing: the case of the Chattri Indian Memorial, UK, Ashley, S. 22 Dec 2015, In: Organization: the Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society
  • A museum of our own, Ashley, S. Jul 2014, Museums and Migration: History, Memory and Politics, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Report for AHRC Cultural Value: Memorialisation as valuation -Examining public culture at the Chattri Indian Memorial, Brighton #AH/L005859/1, Ashley, S., KhosraviNik, M. Jun 2014

PGR Supervision

  • Frances Guy Start: 01/10/2016
  • Leonie Wieser History-making in an unequal present: Three perspectives on migration pasts in the North East of England Start: 07/10/2014
  • Kathleen Boodhai Start: 01/10/2017
  • Joan Buchanan Start: 01/10/2016


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