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Dr Rafie Cecilia
Institute of Archaeology
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  • Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Museum Studies
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS
Rafie is Associate Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. She completed her PhD, looking at digital innovation for the museum experience of disabled visitors. As part of her research and as an access and inclusion consultant, Rafie collaborates with the Wellcome Collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the British Museum, among several other institutions. Rafie has been part of the Global Disability Innovation Hub team since 2016. As part of the team, she researches how technology and digital innovation can improve and facilitate the museum experience of disabled visitors. Rafie is in the Programme Committee of the Museum Computer Group, and in the Member Committee of the Visitor Studies Group. 
Research Summary

Rafie's research is grounded in the idea that cultural heritage must be open and accessible to everyone in society. Her research looks at the experience of vision impaired museum visitors, and how they make meaning of the environment, collections, and social and digital museum experiences.
She is currently working on a research project on creating accessible images for museum websites and cultural heritage academic publications.
As part of her collaboration with Wellcome Collection, she explores participatory and co-creation approaches to inclusive design and inclusive curatorial practices.

Teaching Summary
  • Lecturer:
    Rafie is Associate Lecture for the MA Museum Studies (Institute of Archaeology) and Visiting Lecturer for the MA Museum and Galleries in Education (Institute of Education). She curates lectures and seminars on the themes of disability innovation in museums, anti-ableism, and anti-racism, disability representation and decolonial approaches to collections. 
    In 2018/19, Rafie was Visiting Lecturer at the Ming-Ai Institute (Middlesex University), where she curated a series of lectures on technology innovation in museums.
  • Teaching Assistant/Fellow:
    In 2018, Rafie joined the MA Cultural Heritage Studies teaching team. As part of the role, she facilitated seminars and created content on qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and methods.
    For two years (2020/21 and 2021/22) Rafie joined the teaching team of the MSc Disability Design and Innovation, and was appointed PGTA for Academic Writing Support at the Institute of Archaeology.
    In 2021/22, she joined the teaching teams of the MA Museum Studies and MA Museum and Galleries in Education as PGTA, and the UCL Writing Lab.

2023 Associate Lecturer, Museum Studies Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
2022 – 2022 Interim Administrator Centre for Critical Heritage Studies UCL, United Kingdom
2022 – 2022 Research Fellow Centre for Critical Heritage Studies Institute of Archaeology, United Kingdom
2020 – 2022 Visiting Lecturer IoA; IoE; UCLIC UCL, United Kingdom
2018 – 2021 Museum Advisor   V&A Research Institute; The National Gallery, United Kingdom
2018 – 2022 Teaching Assistant/Fellow IoA; IoE; UCLIC; Academic Writing Centre UCL, United Kingdom
2017 – 2023 Access and Inclusion consultant Freelancer Freelancer, United Kingdom
2015 – 2023 Audience Researcher Freelancer Freelancer, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2021   Institute of Archaeology (Museum Studies) University College London
2016   Museum Studies University College London
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