Stuart Burch is the course leader for the MA Museum and Heritage Development, delivered as part of the School of Arts and Humanities’ Sino-UK Joint Institute with Communication University of China (CUC). Within this strategic partnership, Stuart also teaches on postgraduate courses in Broadcast Journalism as well as Media and Globalisation. In addition, he manages the MA Museum and Heritage Development dual degree, which is jointly delivered with Beijing Language and Culture University.
Stuart joined the School of Arts and Humanities in 1998 as a postgraduate research student and hourly paid lecturer. He was appointed as Lecturer in Heritage Studies in 2001 and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China (CUC). In 2022, Stuart was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He has held a wide range of leadership roles. For three years he was subject leader for Heritage Studies, with responsibility for both the undergraduate and postgraduate provision. He has served as Course Leader for the BA History degree, the MA Museum and Heritage Studies degree, and as Research Co-ordinator for the D30 History research unit. Stuart has extensive experience of working collaboratively within and beyond NTU, both in teaching and research; outside the UK, he has sustained productive and valuable partnerships most notably with colleagues and institutions in the Nordic region and, more recently, in China.
Throughout his career, Stuart has been successful in securing financial support from prestigious funding bodies. These include:
- Arts and Humanities Research Council
- British Academy
- Centre for International Mobility (CIMO), Finland
- Research Council of Norway (Norges forskningsråd)
- Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden
- Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet)
This has led to multiple publications in such fields as museum studies, heritage management, cultural geography, memory studies, international relations, art history, and public history.
Stuart has reviewed funding applications for the Estonian Research Council. He has also peer reviewed submissions to such publications as the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Baltic Studies, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Electronic Journal of Folklore, Media History, and Europe-Asia Studies. He has been a book reviewer for Landscape Research and Political Geography, and an exhibitions reviewer for Museums Journal.
Stuart is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, holds Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA), and is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
Stuart wrote the monograph London and the politics of memory: in the shadow of Big Ben (London: Routledge, 2020) and has authored academic articles in many journals, including:
- East European Politics and Societies
- Europe-Asia Studies
- Forum for Modern Language Studies
- Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism
- International Journal of Architectural Research
- International Journal of Heritage Studies
- Journal of Baltic Studies
- Journal of Museum Education
He has also published chapters in the following edited collections:
- The Ashgate research companion to memory studies (Routledge, 2016)
- Performing Nordic heritage: everyday practices and institutional culture (Routledge, 2016)
- Cultural mapping as cultural inquiry (Routledge, 2015)
- National museums: new studies from around the world (Routledge, 2014)
- Museums and biographies: stories, objects, identities (Boydell, 2012)
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