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Susan Ashley is Associate Professor in the MA programme Creative and Cultural Industries Management. She is a cultural studies scholar interested in the democratisation of public culture, with a focus on activism in culture and heritage by black and global majority organisations in the UK.

She is currently involved in "HERE North East Cultural Hub and Archive",  with the community-led HERE North East Steering Group, supported through four regional universities' seed funding.  She recently completed a National Archives Testbed project plus the AHRC project "(Multi)Cultural Organisational Archives", and is past AHRC Leadership Fellow for "(Multi)Cultural Heritage: New Perspectives on Public Culture, Identity and Citizenship". 

Dr Ashley holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, Toronto. Her research on heritage and its relation to subjectivity, representation and citizenship has been published in books by Routledge and Ashgate, and in peer-reviewed journals such as Organization, International Journal of Cultural Policy, Museum & Society and International Journal of Heritage Studies. Her monograph "A Museum in Public: Revisioning Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum" was published by Routledge in 2019. Her latest book, co-edited with Degna Stone, is "Whose Heritage? Challenging Race and Identity in Stuart Hall’s Post-nation Britain" with Routledge 2023. 

Dr. Ashley also has 20 years of consultancy and government work coordinating projects for culture and heritage sites across Canada. This work included policy, planning and developments related to heritage commemorations, disabled access, and diverse events, media and programs. She also has a background in journalism editing, writing and production for several community newspapers in Canada.


Dr Ashley is a member of the Northumbria University Visual and Material Culture research group.

Research interests

My current research is aimed at the democratisation of public culture; promoting social equality by challenging and improving cultural institutional practices, and contributing to social justice in relation to challenges of neoliberalism, globalisation and migration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Cultural Studies, PhD, York University Toronto

30 Sep 200530 Jun 2011

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

External positions

HERE North East

30 Jan 2022 → …

Museums Northumberland - Woodhorn Charitable Trust

15 Dec 2021 → …

Association for Critical Heritage Studies


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