Curated Decay

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving (2017)

Professor Caitlin DeSilvey
Associate Professor of Cultural Geography


I am a geographer whose research explores the cultural significance of material change and transformation, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. I’ve worked with artists, archaeologists, environmental scientists and heritage practitioners on a range of interdisciplinary projects, supported by funding from UK research councils (AHRC, EPSRC, NERC), the Royal Geographical Society, the Norwegian Research Council and the European Social Fund. I often use visual imagery and story-telling to engage people in imagining changing environments and places, and look to patterns from the past to try to understand what the future might bring. Although much of my research is about how things (and places) fall apart, I am also interested in practices of repair and maintenance that hold things together.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute and the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find my Google Scholar account here.


2005 PhD Cultural Geography (Open University)
2001 MSc Cultural Geography (University of Edinburgh)
1994 BA Religious Studies and Environmental Studies (Yale University)


2015 Associate Professor, University of Exeter
2012-2015 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter 
2007-2011 Lecturer, University of Exeter

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 254161
AddressEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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