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Dr Gai Jorayev
Institute of Archaeology, University College London
31-34 Gordon Square, London
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  • Research Fellow
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
  • Research Associate
  • Institute of Archaeology ASE
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

Dr Gai Jorayev (Gaýgysyz Joraýew, Гайгысыз Джораев, Gaygysyz Joraev) has a background in heritage management, planning and public archaeology, and he has worked with international heritage management and research projects since 2004. He recently carried out projects in post-Soviet space, Africa and European Union, and he currently collaborates closely with several international organisations such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, UNWTO and EBRD in their activities in Central Asia. Between MA and PhD degrees, he undertook an internship with the Culture Section of Asia unit of UNESCO. Although cultural tourism, cultural heritage, preservation, capacity building and development are the main focus of his current activities, Gai has previously worked on development projects with the EU and UN where he has experience in economic and infrastructure development and public health.

Gai is experienced in spatial analyses and modelling, and he leads research initiatives on uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in archaeology. He manages Digital Heritage laboratory at UCL Institute of Archaeology and works on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) applications for public outreach, interpretation and education. Using digital documentation techniques for creating detailed, open-access heritage inventory systems, and for monitoring change over time is some of the key areas of research at present.

Gai researched heritage management in Central Asia as part of his doctoral work and holds strong links with heritage management organisations and research centres in the region.

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Cultural heritage management
Public archaeology and heritage education
Heritage and nation-building
Heritage of Central Asia
Capacity building and heritage-based development
Cultural tourism
Digital heritage
Aerial photography, photogrammetry, rapid documentation and GIS/spatial analysis
Decolonisation and Ethics
Teaching Summary

Degree Programme Co-ordinator:  MA in Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCL0108)

Course Co-ordinator: Digital Heritage: Applications in Heritage Management (ARCL0148)

Course co-coordinator: MA Cultural Heritage Studies

Contributes to courses: Archaeological Heritage Management in Asia; Archaeology of the Silk Roads; Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development; Museum Studies; Principles of Conservation.

01-NOV-2018 Research Fellow Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Master of Arts University College London
2001   First Degree.  
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