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I am Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, where I have been employed since 2007. My research explores the cultural significance of material and environmental change, with a particular focus on heritage contexts. I have worked closely with environmental scientists, artists, archaeologists, photographers 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 co-founded the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities and directs the Creative Exchange art-science programme at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute. Recent publications include Anticipatory History (2011, with Simon Naylor and Colin Sackett) and Visible Mending (2013, with Steven Bond and James R. Ryan). A monograph, Beyond Saving: Entropic Heritage, will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.



Call for Papers: Unsustainable heritage?


If you are interested in participating in this session at ACHS2018 please contact Rodney Harrison with a title and abstract in the first instance. Please note that abstracts and paper titles must be sent to conference organisers at with cc to by 30th November 2017.

Rodney Harrison
Caitlin DeSilvey


Media coverage

Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving


Hosted by UCL, a panel discussion of Caitlin DeSilvey’s new book, Curated Decay, with guest speakers Professor David Lowenthal, Dr Haidy Geismar and Professor Rodney Harrison.

The book has been featured and debated through various media outlets, with articles in The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Eastern Daily Press, and Cornwall Live – to name a few. DeSilvey was also interviewed on BBC Radio Cornwall, and BBC Radio Solent.

Rodney Harrison
Caitlin DeSilvey

Natural Heritage Management



Afterlives Salon


This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures.  How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1

Rodney Harrison
Cornelius Holtorf
Caitlin DeSilvey
Sefryn Penrose
Sarah May
Jennie Morgan
Nadia Bartolini
Antony Lyons
Kyle Lee Crossett


Nuclear Waste Management
Deep Space Messaging
World Heritage Site Management
Natural Heritage Management
Built Heritage Management
Cultural Diversity