Lucie K. Morisset - President

Lucie Morisset

Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage, Lucie K. Morisset is professor at the Urban and Touristic Studies Department of the School of Management, University of Quebec in Montreal. An historian of architecture by training, she is interested in the the ideas and objects of urban planning, notably in company towns. She has been leading research on the morphogenesis and the semiogenesis of the built landscape and on the relations between identity and culture as they are  manifested throughout the practices of heritage and the production of the heritage discourse, including action-research on heritage development and heritage empowerment in partnership with local communities. Lucie K. Morisset is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Melissa F. Baird - Secretariat Officer

Melissa Baird is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Michigan Technological University. She holds degrees in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley (BA) and University of Oregon (MS and PhD). Her book, Critical Theory and the Anthropology of Heritage Landscapes (2017) was published in the Cultural Heritage Studies series at the University Press of Florida. Her current project, Extracting Heritage builds on this work to locate the contested geographies of extractive zones. You can learn more about her work at her website. (

Susan Ashley


Susan Ashley brings to ACHS a strong background in the heritage profession, with 20 years of experience coordinating projects for culture and heritage sites across Canada. This work included policy, planning and developments for diverse heritage interpretation events, media and programs. In that professional role she was executive member of Interpretation Canada and founded the association’s journal. Dr Ashley entered academia with a PhD in Communication and Culture in 2011 from York University, Toronto, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Cultural Management at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.  Her research focuses on the ‘democratisation’ of cultural and heritage institutions, especially in relation to access and expression by minority groups. She has edited the book Diverse Spaces: Identity, Heritage and Community in Canadian Public Culture, has co-edited two special issues of IJHS and published widely on heritage and its relation to subjectivity, representation and citizenship. Dr Ashley’s current funded research partners with small immigrant organisations to examine heritage-making practices in the UK. See

Meredith Holmgren

Meredith Holmgren is trained as an ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, and cultural heritage researcher. She a staff member of the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where she works with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Cultural Heritage Policy research division. She currently serves as the principal investigator and project manager of the Smithsonian's pan-institutional project on intangible cultural heritage. She also serves as education coordinator for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and managing editor of Smithsonian Folkways Magazine. Her professional interests span cultural heritage policy, ethnomusicology, sociocultural research, Asian studies, and education. In previous capacities, she has worked with the International Institute for Asian Studies, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Traditional Music, and Freemuse, among other organizations. She holds an M.Phil. in Asian studies (Leiden), an M.A. in cultural anthropology and development sociology (Leiden), a PGCert. in Asia-Pacific Leadership (East-West Center/University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), and a B.A. in ethnomusicology (UCLA). She is a member of several professional organizations, serves on the Smithsonian’s Institutional Review Board, and serves as a board member of the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program Alumni Association. 


Anna Karlström

Anna Karlström is Lecturer in Heritage Studies at Uppsala University Campus Gotland. She holds a PhD in archaeology, and her current research examines relations between heritage and the sacred, contemporary perspectives on archaeology, and Southeast Asian and Australian indigeneity. Her PhD thesis resulted in the book Preserving Impermanence: the creation of heritage in Vientiane, Laos (2009). She has received research funding for several projects, and been a visiting scholar at University College London and University of Queensland. 


Lucas Lixinski

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Lucas Lixinski is Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, UNSW Australia. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute, where he looked at the possibilities of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage through the law. That project became a monograph, "Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law" (Oxford University Press, 2013). His current research examines the intersection of critical heritage studies and heritage law, with a view of building critically-influenced new avenues for the promotion of heritage objectives through the law. His latest publications include Between Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: the Troubled Relationships between Heritage Studies and Heritage Law, International Journal of Heritage Studies (advance publication 2014); and International Cultural Heritage Regimes, International Law and the Politics of Expertise, 20(4) International Journal of Cultural Property 407-429 (2013).  



Munukayumbwa Munyima

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Munukayumbwa Munyima is a Research Fellow at the University of Zambia's Institute of Economic and Social Research (INESOR). He holds a Master of Letters (MLitt) in Cultural Anthropology from James Cook University Australia. His MLitt focused on cultural and natural heritage management, with case studies on the Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal cultural heritage. He is currently the Coordinator of the Socio-cultural Research Programme at INESOR. For more than two decades, he has been involved in cultural research in Zambia. Prior to joining the University of Zambia he worked for the National Heritage Conservation Commission in Zambia as a Conservation Anthropologist for 8 years and later, as Regional Director for 10 years. He has co-authored a number of articles including 'The Role of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Preserving Zambia's Heritage', (Zambia Journal of Library and Information Science Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2013) and is currently attending to reviewers' comments on Challenges in Managing Immovable Cultural Heritage for Tourism in Zambia. He is an Intangible Cultural Heritage Expert and currently a member of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee both of which are provided for in the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. He is also Zambia's focal point person for the Southern African Intangible Cultural Heritage Platform which comprises seven of the countries in this region.

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Bryony Onciul


I believe in the need to decentre Eurocentric ideas and move to a post-Western understanding of heritage that supports and learns from indigenisation and is inclusive of diversity. The ACHS has an important role to play globally in revolutionising the way heritage is perceived by government bodies, academics and the public. It marks a paradigm shift that embeds international, future-facing, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, politically-aware work into heritage studies, whilst being inclusive and attentive to heritage practitioners and source communities. Innovation in thinking and understanding initiated through ACHS must reflect and support innovation in practice to address the critical challenges of our time, including: climate change, conflict, decolonisation, migration, global economic shifts, and transitional justice. I am Lecturer in History at the University of Exeter. I founded and co-lead the ACHS UK Chapter making me ideally placed to link activities in the UK with the work of the international committee, as we have one of the largest concentrations of ACHS members. I specialise in Indigenous heritage, (post)colonial history, community engagement, the role of heritage in transitional justice, and approaches to managing heritage in times of accelerated climate change. I am the author of Museums, Heritage and Indigenous Voice: Decolonizing Engagement (Routledge 2015).

Celmara Pocock

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My background encompasses research theory and practice. My research interests include space, place and environment with specific projects on Great Barrier Reef aesthetics and social significance; World Heritage and Indigenous peoples; migration, heritage and wine tourism; and ecotourism impacts on local communities. My experience in heritage practice extends to working with local community organisations, state and federal heritage agencies and the museum sector, including senior roles asAssistant Director for Australian Indigenous Heritage and Head of Cultures and Histories at Queensland Museum.


Trinidad Rico


I am Director of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) at Rutgers University. I hold a PhD in Anthropology and an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University, an MA in Principles of Conservation from University College London, and a BA in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. My topics of research include critical heritage studies, risk and disaster, Islamic materiality, cosmopolitanism, ethnographic heritage, and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise. I am author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City (2016), founding editor of the series ‘Heritage Studies in the Islamic World’ for Palgrave McMillan, and co-editor of Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (2015) and Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (2014). I have worked on post-disaster Indonesian heritage and my current research is on the mobilization of Islamic values in heritage practices in Qatar, and on heritages of restricted access in Argentina and Chile.


Laurajane Smith

Laurajane Smith is Director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies, in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Australian National University, Canberra.  She is founder and founding chair (2012-14) of the ACHS. Previously based at the University of York, UK, her research interests include re-theorising heritage as an embodied negotiation of the meaning of the past in the present. She has conducted research in the USA, UK, and Australia. Her numerous publications include Uses of Heritage (2006), Intangible Heritage (2009, with N. Akagawa) and Heritage, Labour and the Working Classes (2011, with P.A. Shackel and G. Campbell). She is editor of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (Routledge) and general co-editor of Routledge’s Key Issues in Cultural Heritage. 


Michelle Stefano

Michelle L. Stefano, PhD, is the Co-Director of Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the state of Maryland, USA, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a folklorist, she is fortunate to work with a broad range of cultural communities -- from Indigenous groups to newly arrived refugee communities -- to help document, safeguard, and promote their living cultural traditions. Michelle co-edited the book, Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage(Boydell & Brewer, 2012), and is co-editing along with Peter Davis (Professor Emeritus, Newcastle University) the forthcoming, Routledge Companion to Intangible Heritage, and is currently co-leading the project, Mill Stories (, which seeks to draw attention to the sociocultural impacts of industrial decline. She established the US Chapter of ACHS ( in early 2013.

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Yujie Zhu

Yujie Zhu is a lecturer at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Australian National University, Canberra. He is interested in the politics of cultural heritage, and its effects on issues like ethnic tourism, urbanisation, nationalism and religious practices. His publications include ‘Cultural Effects of Authenticity’ (International Journal of Heritage Studies, 2015), ‘Performing Heritage’ (Annals of Tourism Research, 2012) and the edited volume Sustainable Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites (UNWTO, 2009). Yujie is the vice chair of the Commission on the Anthropology of Tourism, international Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science (IUAES). He is also serving as the organising committee member of the ACHS conferences in 2014 and 2018.




Yiping Dong

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Dr. Yiping Dong is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University. She is a trained architect and architectural historian. She has a Master of Architecture Design and Theory, and completed her PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Tongji University in 2013. She is active in researches related to built environment heritage.  

She is the deputy secretary of Urban and Rural Built Heritage Academic Committee under Architectural Society of China, an academic member of IAHAC (Industrial Architecture Heritage Academic Committee) of China; member of TICCIH (International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage); and a member of ACHS (Association of Critical Heritage Studies). Her research interests include: Critical Heritage Study, Heritage theory, Chinese architectural history and theory in a global context, Industrial heritage and heritage-led regeneration, Architectural design in context and the adaptive re-use of buildings.



Yu Hua  


Dr. Yu Hua works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Linguistics in Shanghai International Studies University, China. Her research cuts across different disciplines with a focus on the ethnographic inquiries into living heritage in ethnic Miao area in China. She has written on the intersections of language, community formation and intangible heritage in China.