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Prof Theano Moussouri
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
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  • Professor of Museum Studies
  • Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Faculty of S&HS

I am an Associate Professor in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology. I hold a BA in Education Studies from the University of Athens, and an MA and a Ph.D. in Museum Studies from the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester. Before joining UCL, I worked for the Audience Research Unit of the Science Museum in London on a number of large-scale exhibition projects including the Wellcome Wing. Between 1999 and 2004 I was a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Museums and Gallery Education at the Museum Studies Department, University of Leicester, where I was involved in developing the Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs) Framework. I am currently Associate Editor for Museum & Society, and for Curator: The Museums Journal. I sit on the Editorial Board of the Science Museum Group Journal.

Research Summary
My research examines 1) how people construct knowledge and make meaning of their visits to museums, embodied approaches to museum experiences, and how these fit in their socio-cultural lives, 2) the use of mobile technology in audience research, 3)  computer-supported collaborative exhibition development, and 4) developing context-appropriate and culturally responsive qualitative research methodologies and responsible Research and Innovation practices. I have also been active in synthesising evidence to coalesce it into frameworks for policy-makers and practitioners. More recently, I have been conducting research on food heritage and its role in transitioning to present-day sustainable food systems.
Teaching Summary

I teach and supervise doctoral research on all of the above research areas and topics. I also supervise the development of student-led exhibition projects, run in collaboration with the Contemporary Science Unit of the Science Museum, London. I am co-ordinator of the Museum Studies Placements and the MA Museum Studies programme.

01-OCT-2015 Associate Professor Institute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-DEC-2011 – 31-AUG-2012 Smithsonian Fellow   Smithsonian Institution, United States
01-SEP-2005 – 30-SEP-2015 Lecturer Insitute of Archaeology UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2004 – 31-AUG-2005 Visiting Assistant Professor in Museum Studies Archaeology and History University of Athens, Greece
01-SEP-2002 – 30-SEP-2005 Lecturer in Museum Education Education University of Thessaly, Greece
15-JAN-2000 – 31-AUG-2005 Museum Consultant    , United Kingdom
01-OCT-1999 – 30-SEP-2004 Associate Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art Gallery Studies Museum Studies University of Leicester, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1999 – 31-AUG-2002 Programme Director (Heritage and Museum Studies) Adult Education Hellenic-American College, Greece
01-JUN-1999 – 30-APR-2004 Senior Research Fellow Museum Studies University of Leicester, United Kingdom
15-APR-1998 – 30-OCT-1999 Audience Researcher   Science Museum, United Kingdom
01-NOV-1997 – 30-MAR-1998 Deborah A. Carey Research Fellow   Institute for Learning Innovation, United States
01-APR-1997 – 31-JUL-1997 Audience Researcher   Science Museum, United Kingdom
15-JUL-1995 – 30-NOV-1995 Audience Researcher   Science Museum, United Kingdom
01-MAY-1994 – 31-AUG-1994 Audience Researcher   Science Museum, United Kingdom
01-OCT-1990 – 30-JUN-1992 Programme Developer Education Athens Childrens Museum, Greece
Academic Background
1997   Doctor of Philosophy University of Leicester
1993   Master of Arts University of Leicester
1991   Bachelor of Arts University of Athens
1991   ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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