Jago Cooper

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Arts and Museums Theory and Practice – Long-term human experience of and response to climate change - Art and Culture of the Americas

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Personal profile


Jago Cooper is Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Professor of Art and Archaeology at UEA. For more than twenty years Jago has worked for and with museums, universities, cultural ministries and heritage organisations around the world to explore and communicate aspects of the great human story. His books and publications provide innovative perspectives on cultural experience and interpretation of material expression. His research has ranged broadly across universal questions facing global society including climate change, colonial encounter, technological revolution, and social innovation. After a decade working for the British Museum as the Head of the Americas, Jago joined the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in 2021. The Sainsbury Centre is a genre-defying art museum with world-class collections and a unique perspective in how art can foster cultural dialogue and (ex)change.

Professional Activities

Invited Referee for Journals including:

  • Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Current Anthropology, Antiquity, Quaternary International, American Antiquity, Human Ecology, Radiocarbon, Public Archaeology, World Archaeology, Journal of Archaeological Science, The Holocene.

Invited International Reviewer for Funding Agencies including:

  • Swedish Research Council FORMAS, Swedish Foundation for Environmental Research MISTRA, US National Science Foundation, US National Geographic Committee of Research and Exploration, and Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Invited External Examiner and Judge:

  • University of Leicester and City University of New York & 2020 Art Fund Museum of the Year Judge.

Thesis and Dissertation Supervision

  • Successfully supervised a large number of Doctoral, Masters and Undergraduate theses.

University Recruitment

  • Leading member of Student Recruitment Team at University of Leicester


External Activities

Invited Speaker to:

  • The all Party Parliamentary Group for Arts and Culture, Humboldt Forum Inaugural Lecture, University of Cambridge Bushnell Lecture, Future Earth Directorate, Global Environmental Research Committee, University of Belfast Jack Kerr Lecture, Hay Festival of Literature, Royal Geographical Society, Shanghai Museum, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Insitute of Archaeology (UCL)


Master of Arts, Insitute of Archaeology (UCL)


Bachelor of Science, Insitute of Archaeology (UCL)


External positions

Honorary Professor, City University of New York


Honorary Lecturer, University College London


Head of the Americas and Director Santo Domingo Centre of Excellence for Latin American Research, British Museum


Associate Professor, City University of New York


Leverhulme Fellow, University of Leicester


Lecturer in Landscape and Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester


Heritage Consultant for Architecture and Urban Design Practice, Conybeare Morrison and Partners


Heritage Consultant for National Museum and archaeological development programmes, Sri Lankan Government



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