Professor Emma Waterton

Professor Emma Waterton

Professor in the Geographies of Heritage,
Geography, Tourism & Planning

Biography

Emma Waterton is a Professor in  the Geographies of Heritage in the School of Social Sciences. She is also a member of the Institute for Culture and Society. Before taking up her post at UWS in 2010, she held an RCUK Academic Fellowship in the areas of History and Heritage at Keele University. Her research explores the interface between heritage, identity, memory and affect.  She recently completed two Australian Research Council funded projects: ‘Photos of the Past’, which examined negotiations of identity at a range of Australian heritage tourism sites, including Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, Sovereign Hill, the Blue Mountains National Park, Port Arthur, the Burra Heritage Trial, Fitzroy Crossing and Kakadu National Park [ARC DECRA]; and 'Australian Cultural Fields', which explored practices of production and consumption across six cultural fields in the contemporary Australian context: sport, media, heritage, art, literature and music [ARC Discovery]. Her most recent project, also funded by the Australian Research Council, explores migrant heritage and place-making in Parramatta, and is a collaboration with the Heritage Council NSW and the Office of Environment and Heritage [ARC Linkage]. In addition, she is currently developing new research interests in the archaeological heritage of the Nepalese Himalaya (in association with HEART) and post-Soviet Mongolia (in collaboration with Dr Hayley Saul). She is author and co-author of over one hundred publications, including four monographs, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Landscape Research. 

This information has been contributed by Professor Waterton.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of York (UK)

Professional Memberships

  • Associate Editor, Landscape Research (2017)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Landscape Research (2019 - 2023)
  • Board Member, LRG (2009)
  • Editorial Board, IJHS (2013)
  • Editorial Board, JHT (2012)

Interests

  • Cultural Geography
  • Heritage Studies
  • Heritage Tourism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Geography, Tourism & Planning

Contact

Email: E.Waterton@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9205
Mobile:
Location: EI.G.15
Parramatta

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101601 Issues in Contemporary Heritage, 2020

Publications

Books

  • Drozdzewski, D., Sumartojo, S. and Waterton, E. (2021), 'Geographies of Commemoration in a Digital World: Anzac @ 100', : Palgrave Macmillan 9789811640186.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers', : Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Rowe, D., Turner, G. and Waterton, E. (2018), 'Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of 'Nationing' in Contemporary Australia', : Routledge 9781138094123.
  • Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2017), 'Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures', : Routledge 9781472454874.
  • Silverman, H., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2017), 'Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present', : Springer 9783319428680.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Travel and Representation', : Berghahn Books 9781785336027.
  • Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S. and Waterton, E. (2016), 'Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict', : Routledge 9781138923218.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2014), 'The Semiotics of Heritage Tourism', : Channel View Publications 9781845414214.
  • Waterton, E. (2010), 'Politics, Policy and the Discourses of Heritage in Britain', : Palgrave Macmillan 9780230292383.
  • Smith, L. and Waterton, E. (2009), 'Heritage, Communities and Archaeology', : Duckworth Publishing 9780715636817.

Chapters in Books

  • Rowse, T., Kelly, M., Pertierra, A. and Waterton, E. (2021), 'The ethical and civic dimensions of taste', Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions, Routledge 9781138392298.
  • Waterton, E. and Gayo, M. (2021), 'The elite and the everyday in the Australian heritage field', Fields, Capitals, Habitus: Australian Culture, Inequalities and Social Divisions, Routledge 9781138392298.
  • Dittmer, J. and Waterton, E. (2021), 'Naval-gazing : the popular geopolitics of affect and maritime heritage', Tourism Geopolitics: Assemblages of Infrastructure, Affect, and Imagination, University of Arizona Press 9780816539307.
  • Waterton, E. (2020), 'Memorialising war : rethinking heritage and affect in the context of Pearl Harbor', The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place, Routledge 9780815386308.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Rethinking frontiers : transformation, exploration and adventure', Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure, Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'The Spanish Imaginary : a trilogy of frontiers', Affective Geographies of Transformation, Exploration and Adventure: Rethinking Frontiers, Routledge 9781138701120.
  • Picken, F., Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Bedrock, metropolis and Indigenous heritage : rendering 'The Rocks' invisible', Creating Heritage for Tourism, Routledge 9781138572713.
  • Waterton, E. (2019), 'More-than-representational landscapes', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 9781138720312.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Anthropocene landscapes', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 9781138720312.
  • Atha, M., Howard, P., Thompson, I. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Introduction : ways of knowing and being with landscapes : a beginning', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 9781138720312.
  • Rowse, T. and Waterton, E. (2019), 'Invasion, resistance and the binary structure of Australia's military heritage', The Difference Identity Makes: Indigenous Cultural Capital in Australian Cultural Fields, Aboriginal Studies Press 9781925302837.
  • Waterton, E. (2018), 'The negotiation of identity and belonging in Kakadu National Park', Heritage at the Interface: Interpretation and Identity, University Press of Florida 9780813056579.
  • Rowe, D., Turner, G. and Waterton, E. (2018), 'Introduction : making culture', Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism and the State of 'Nationing' in Contemporary Australia, Routledge 9781138094123.
  • Waterton, E. (2018), 'A history of heritage policy in Australia : from hope to philanthropy', Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism and the State of 'Nationing' in Contemporary Australia, Routledge 9781138094123.
  • Schorch, S., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2017), 'Museum canopies and affective cosmopolitanism : cultivating cross-cultural landscapes for ethical embodied responses', Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures, Routledge 9781472454874.
  • Tolia-Kelly, D., Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2017), 'Introduction : heritage, affect and emotion', Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures, Routledge 9781472454874.
  • Dittmer, J. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Affecting the body : cultures of militarism at the Australian War Memorial', Heritage, Affect and Emotion: Politics, Practices and Infrastructures, Routledge 9781472454874.
  • Waterton, E., Watson, S. and Silverman, H. (2017), 'An introduction to Heritage in Action', Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present, Springer 9783319428680.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Reconnections', Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present, Springer 9783319428680.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Restoring a Nyingma Buddhist monastery, Nepal', Heritage in Action: Making the Past in the Present, Springer 9783319428680.
  • Staiff, R., Waterton, E. and Lean, G. (2017), 'Travel and representation : past, present, future', Travel and Representation, Berghahn Books 9781785336027.
  • Waterton, E. and Saul, H. (2017), 'Public education and archaeology : disciplining through education', Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer 9783319517261.
  • Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S. and Waterton, E. (2016), 'The significance of memory in the present', Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict, Routledge 9781138923218.
  • Dittmer, J. and Waterton, E. (2016), 'Embodied memory at the Australian War Memorial', Memory, Place and Identity: Commemoration and Remembrance of War and Conflict, Routledge 9781138923218.
  • Waterton, E. (2015), 'Heritage and community engagement', The Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Springer 9781493916481.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2015), 'Heritage as a focus of research : past, present and new directions', The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137293558.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2015), 'The ontological politics of heritage; or how research can spoil a good story', The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137293558.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2015), 'Themes, thoughts, reflections', The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research, Palgrave Macmillan 9781137293558.
  • Waterton, E. (2015), 'Karma's father's cup', Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists, Left Coast Press 9781611323849.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2015), 'Methods in motion : affecting heritage research', Affective Methodologies: Developing Cultural Research Strategies for the Study of Affect, Palgrave 9781137483188.
  • Gammon, S., Ramshaw, G. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Olympic heritage : past, present and future', Heritage and the Olympics: People, Place and Performance, Routledge 9780415726009.
  • Waterton, E. (2014), 'Public education and archaeology : disciplining through education', Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer 9781441904263.
  • Waterton, E. (2014), 'Museums and memory experiences', Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer Reference 9781441904263.
  • Lean, G. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Travel and imagination : an invitation', Travel and Imagination, Ashgate 9781472410252.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Reimagining travel and imagination', Travel and Imagination, Ashgate 9781472410252.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Exploring travel and transformation', Travel and Transformation, Ashgate 9781409467632.
  • Lean, G., Staiff, R. and Waterton, E. (2014), 'Lasting impressions', Travel and Transformation, Ashgate 9781409467632.
  • Waterton, E. (2013), 'Heritage tourism and its representations', Heritage and Tourism: Place, Encounter, Engagement, Routledge 9780415532648.
  • Waterton, E. (2013), 'Landscape and non-representational theories', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 0415684609.
  • Thompson, I., Howard, P. and Waterton, E. (2013), 'Introduction', The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies, Routledge 0415684609.
  • Watson, S., Waterton, E. and Smith, L. (2012), 'Moments, instances and experiences', The Cultural Moment in Tourism, Routledge 9780415611152.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2012), 'Shades of the Caliphate : the cultural moment in southern Spain', The Cultural Moment in Tourism, Routledge 9780415611152.
  • Smith, L. and Waterton, E. (2012), 'Constrained by commonsense : the authorized heritage discourse in contemporary debates', The Oxford Handbook of Public Archaeology, Oxford University Press 9780199237821.
  • Waterton, E. (2011), 'The Burden of Knowing Versus the Privilege of Unknowing', Representing Enslavement and Abolition in Museums: Ambiguous Engagements, Routledge 9780415885041.
  • Waterton, E. (2010), 'Branding the Past: The visual imagery of England's Heritage', Culture, Heritage and Representation: Perspectives on Visuality and the Past, Ashgate 9780754675983.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2010), 'Introduction: Heritage and Community Engagement - Finding a new agenda', Heritage and Community Engagement: Collaboration or Contestation?, Routledge 9780415583626.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2010), 'Introduction: A Visual Heritage', Culture, Heritage and Representation: Perspectives on Visuality and the Past, Ashgate Publishers 9780754675983.
  • Smith, L. and Waterton, E. (2009), ''The envy of the world?': intangible heritage in England', Intangible Heritage, Routledge 9780203884973.
  • Waterton, E. and Smith, L. (2009), 'There is No Such Thing as Heritage', Taking Archaeology Out of Heritage, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781443814423.
  • Waterton, E. and Smith, L. (2009), 'Introduction: Heritage and Archaeology', Taking Archaeology Out of Heritage, Cambridge Scholars Press 9781443814423.
  • Waterton, E. (2008), 'Declining Communities', An Archaeology of Destruction, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781847186249.
  • Waterton, E. (2007), 'Heritage as Discourse: An Institutionalised Construction of the Past in the UK', Which Past, Whose Future? Treatments of the Past at the Start of the 21st Century, British Archaeological Reports 9781407300474.

Journal Articles

  • Waterton, E. and Saul, H. (2021), 'Ghosts of the Anthropocene : spectral accretions at the Port Arthur historic site', Landscape Research, vol 46, no 3 , pp 362 - 376.
  • Waterton, E., Hutchison, M. and Saul, H. (2021), 'Multidisciplinary engagements with Port Arthur's landscapes of in/justice', Landscape Research, vol 46, no 3 , pp 299 - 308.
  • Rowse, T. and Waterton, E. (2020), 'The 'difficult heritage' of the Native Mounted Police', Memory Studies, vol 13, no 4 , pp 737 - 751.
  • Waterton, E., Staiff, R., Bushell, R. and Burns, E. (2019), 'Monster mines, dugouts, and abandoned villages : a composite narrative of Burra's heritage', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol 14, no 2 , pp 85 - 100.
  • Dittmer, J. and Waterton, E. (2019), '"You'll go home with bruises" : affect, embodiment and heritage on board HMS Belfast', Area, vol 51, no 4 , pp 706 - 718.
  • Drozdzewski, D., Waterton, E. and Sumartojo, S. (2019), 'Cultural memory and identity in the context of war : experiential, place-based and political concerns', International Review of the Red Cross, vol 101, no 1 , pp 251 - 272.
  • Wali, N., Akombi, B., James, P., Waterton, E., Saul, H., Yuol, A. and Renzaho, A. (2019), 'The impact of heritage tourism on sustainable community development, health and wellbeing : a systematic review protocol', Social Science Protocols, vol 2 .
  • Waterton, E. (2018), 'Curating affect : exploring the historical geography-heritage studies nexus at Sovereign Hill', Australian Geographer, vol 49, no 1 , pp 219 - 235.
  • Waterton, E., Morehouse, H., Schein, R., Cresswell, T. and DeSilvey, C. (2018), 'Book review : Curated Decay: Heritage beyond Saving', Cultural Geographies, vol 25, no 1 , pp 245 - 255.
  • Waterton, E. and Gayo, M. (2018), 'For all Australians? : an analysis of the heritage field', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 32, no 3 , pp 269 - 281.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'A Himalayan triptych : narratives of traders, pilgrims and resistance in a landscape of movements', Journal of Heritage Tourism, vol 12, no 5 , pp 431 - 440.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2017), 'Heritage and communities of compassion in the aftermath of the great earthquake, Nepal : a photographic reflection', Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, vol 4, no 3 , pp 142 - 156.
  • Waterton, E. and Dittmer, J. (2016), 'Transnational war memories in Australia's heritage field', Media International Australia, vol 158, no 1 , pp 58 - 68.
  • Drozdzewski, D., De Nardi, S. and Waterton, E. (2016), 'Geographies of memory, place and identity : intersections in remembering war and conflict', Geography Compass, vol 10, no 11 , pp 447 - 456.
  • Waterton, E. (2015), 'Visuality and its affects : some new directions for Australian heritage tourism', History Compass, vol 13, no 2 , pp 51 - 63.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2015), 'A war long forgotten : feeling the past in an English country village', Angelaki, vol 20, no 3 , pp 89 - 103.
  • Harvey, D. and Waterton, E. (2015), 'Landscapes of heritage and heritage landscapes', Landscape Research, vol 40, no 8 , pp 905 - 910.
  • Clarke, A. and Waterton, E. (2015), 'A journey to the heart : affecting engagement at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park', Landscape Research, vol 40, no 8 , pp 971 - 992.
  • Saul, H. and Waterton, E. (2015), '"To climb steep hills, requires slow pace at first" : narratives of cultural resilience in the community of Langtang, in the Nepalese Himalayas', Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, vol 2, no 2 , pp 261 - 282.
  • Waterton, E. and Dittmer, J. (2014), 'The museum as assemblage : bringing forth affect at the Australian War Memorial', Museum Management and Curatorship, vol 29, no 2 , pp 122 - 139.
  • Waterton, E. (2014), 'A more-than-representational understanding of heritage? : the 'past' and the politics of affect', Geography Compass, vol 8, no 11 , pp 823 - 833.
  • Gammon, S., Ramshaw, G. and Waterton, E. (2013), 'Editorial. Examining the Olympics : heritage, identity and performance', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 19, no 2 , pp 119 - 124.
  • Waterton, E. and Watson, S. (2013), 'Framing theory : towards a critical imagination in heritage studies', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 19, no 6 , pp 546 - 561.
  • Waterton, E. (2011), 'In the spirit of self mockery? : labour heritage and identity in the Potteries', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 17, no 4 , pp 344 - 363.
  • Smith, L. and Waterton, E. (2011), 'Heritage and the Politics of Exclusion', Current Swedish Archaeology, vol 19, no 2011 , pp 53 - 58.
  • Waterton, E. and Smith, L. (2010), 'The recognition and misrecognition of community heritage', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 16, no 40575 , pp 4 - 15.
  • Waterton, E., Smith, L., Wilson, R. and Fouseki, K. (2010), 'Forgetting to heal : remembering the abolition act of 1807', European Journal of English Studies, vol 14, no 1 , pp 23 - 36.
  • Waterton, E. (2010), 'Humiliated silence : multiculturalism, blame and the trope of 'moving on'', Museum and Society, vol 8, no 3 , pp 128 - 157.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2010), 'Reading the visual : representation and narrative in the construction of heritage', Material Culture Review, vol 71, no spring , pp 84 - 97.
  • Watson, S. and Waterton, E. (2010), 'Heritage and Community Engagement', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 16, no 1&2 , pp 1 - 3.
  • Waterton, E. (2010), 'Commentary : the advent of digital technologies and the idea of community', Museum Management and Curatorship, vol 25, no 1 , pp 5 - 11.
  • Waterton, E. and Wilson, R. (2009), 'Talking the Talk: Policy, Popular and Media Responses to the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade using the 'Abolition Discourse'', Discourse & Society, vol 20, no 3 , pp 381 - 399.
  • Waterton, E. (2009), 'Journal of Heritage Tourism', Sights of sites: picturing heritage, power and exclusion, vol 4, no 1 , pp 37 - 56.
  • Waterton, E. (2006), 'The Meaning of 'Heritage': Mapping Discursive Perspectives with Q Methodology', Operant Subjectivity, vol 29, no 3&4 , pp 138 - 181.
  • Waterton, E., Smith, L. and Campbell, G. (2006), 'The Utility of Discourse Analysis to Heritage Studies: The Burra Charter and Social Inclusion', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 12, no 4 , pp 339 - 355.
  • Waterton, E. (2005), 'Whose Sense of Place? Reconciling Archaeological Perspectives with Community Values: Cultural Landscapes in England', International Journal of Heritage Studies, vol 11, no 4 , pp 309 - 325.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Photos of the Past: The Negotiation of Identity and Belonging at Australian Tourism Sites: Final Report', Report
  • 2016, 'Memorialization and Affect: Remembering Pearl Harbor: Final Report', Report
  • 2016, 'Leaving Langtang', Published Work

heritage studies; memory studies; heritage tourism; cultural policy; geographies of heritage; place-making;

This information has been contributed by Professor Waterton.

Current Projects

Title: Rediscovering the Cultural Landscapes of Genghis Khan
Funder:
  • Landscape Research Group Ltd
Western Researchers: Emma Waterton
Years: 2017-01-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00024554
Title: Heritage-making among recent migrants in Parramatta
Funder:
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Denis Byrne and Emma Waterton
Years: 2019-09-23 - 2023-12-31
ID: P00025282

Previous Projects

Title: Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Tony Bennett, David Rowe, Gregory Noble, Emma Waterton and Deborah Stevenson
Years: 2014-05-14 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00021441
Title: Everyday geopolitics: Nationalist subjectivities and ANZAC thanatourism
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Emma Waterton
Years: 2011-11-09 - 2012-11-08
ID: P00020508
Title: Representation and Subjectivity:Heritage Tourism at Hiroshima
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Emma Waterton and Robyn Bushell
Years: 2010-11-02 - 2013-02-28
ID: P00019261
Title: Photos of the past: the negotiation of identity and belonging at Australian tourism sites
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Emma Waterton
Years: 2012-03-30 - 2016-12-31
ID: P00020322

Supervision

Professor Waterton is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Cosmopolitan Nationalism in Australian Social History Museums: Assembling Histories, Negotiating the Past
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Resilience Building: A study of livelihood management practices of the Sherpa people in the Khumbu (Everest) region, Nepal
Field of Research: Tourism; Society And Culture
Thesis Title: The Power of Imagination: Lessons on Waste Management from the Walt Disney Company for Application Across the Travel and Tourism Industry
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Heritage-making: The Relationship of Migrants to Heritage and Place Within Liverpool and Fairfield
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Tourist vulnerabilities and emergency management planning in the Blue Mountains National Park: strategies for responding to a disaster
Field of Research: Tourism Management
Thesis Title: Globalizing Conservation
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Post-Disaster (Re) Construction of Cultural Heritage: Negotiating Value, Authenticity and Acceptable Change in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Transforming Tourism Representations: The Use of Digital Technology within Cultural Tourism
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Landscape, affect and the role of heritage interpretation
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: 'Invisible Australians': Chinese Australian Women's Experiences of Belonging and Exclusion in the White Australia Policy Era, 1901-1973
Field of Research: Human Geography
Thesis Title: Active Being: connecting the therapeutic relationship and semi-structured intervention in art therapy with traumatised children
Field of Research: Counselling; Psychology; Children's Services
Thesis Title: Rewriting Tourist Photography
Field of Research: Anthropology; Human Geography; Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Cultural Heritage and Community Engagement: Exploring Participatory Approaches in Nepal
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified

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