Dr Nadia Bartolini
Associate Research Fellow
Environment and Sustainability Institute desk 10, 1.03
Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
I am currently working with Dr Caitlin DeSilvey on a project investigating how heritage policies and values are managed in the context of landscapes and structures in transformation. The work is part of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project (AH/M004376/1, 2015-19). I completed my PhD in Geography at the Open University in 2011, and I hold and MA and BA in Geography from the University of Ottawa (Canada). Before moving to the UK in 2007, I worked for over 10 years in Indigenous research and policy in the Canadian federal government.
Broad research specialisms:
- Materiality and the built environment
- Cultural and natural heritage
- Spirituality, belief systems and wellbeing
- Creative research methods and public engagement
- Indigenous heritage and land claims
I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute.
2011 PhD in Geography (Open University)
2003 M.A. in Geography (University of Ottawa)
1997 B.A. in Geography (University of Ottawa)
My research centers around heritage, and I have been involved in projects where the values and perceptions of heritage are explored. I am particularly interested in cities, and the processes and practices that engage with the past (in both tangible and intangible forms). My PhD thesis looked at the co-constitution of the past and the present in Rome. It examined how the modern gets done in a city with so much past, and how the past in the underground shapes the city’s present. I investigated these questions by considering a geological analogy first used by Sigmund Freud in 1916: the concept of brecciation. In the current project I am involved in with Dr Caitlin DeSilvey, I am expanding my interests to looking at rural landscapes, and the management of heritage across a series of sites in the UK and in Portugal.
I have also looked at the cultural practices and processes that are hidden or underplayed, such as the presence of the occult and alternative spiritualities outside of mainstream religion, and how these interact with issues of care and wellbeing. Prior to undertaking PhD studies, my Master’s explored the representation of New Orleans in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles. Following my PhD, I was part of the AHRC-funded Spirited Stoke project which involved researching Spiritualism in Stoke-on-Trent, and where I produced a public exhibition at Gladstone Pottery Museum (2015).
More recently, I have been exploring creative research methods in relation to heritage-related concepts. In the Spirited Stoke project, I looked at how to be creative with methods as well as how to use creative research methods in museum diplays and activities. In the Heritage Futures project, I have employed film as means to engage non-HEI partners and the public, and to provide different perspectives on memory, present experiences and future visions.
With over a decade working in Indigenous research and policy in the Canadian federal government, I continue to be interested in the areas of land claims, legacy and spirituality, and the relationship between First Nations and local communities.
Researcher on the Transformations theme led by Dr Caitlin DeSilvey as part of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project (2015-19)
Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded developmental award ‘Re-Configuring Ruins: Materialities, Processes and Mediations’ with PI Carlos Lopez Galviz (University of London/Lancaster), Dr Mark Pendleton (Sheffield) and Dr Adam Stock (Newcastle/York St John’s) (2014-15)
Researcher on the AHRC-funded project ‘Spirited Stoke: Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent’ led by PI Dr Sara MacKian and Co-I Prof Steve Pile at the Open University (2014-16)