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

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.

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


Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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