Sarah Wade

Sarah Wade


  • 0.16 Sainsbury Centre

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Sarah welcomes inquiries about PhD supervision on topics relating to her research interests

Personal profile

Academic Background

Ph.D. History of Art, University College London

M.A. Arts Policy & Management, Birkbeck, University of London


Sarah's research focuses on human-animal relations and representations of wildlife in contemporary art, exhibitions and museum display, particularly with regards to ecological concerns. She has published on extinction and wildlife conservation issues in artistic and curatorial practice and is co-founder of the Curating the Sea research project, which resulted in a co-edited special issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies (2020) and Oceans (2023) for the Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press Documents of Contemporary Art Series.

Over the years Sarah has worked with various museums and heritage organisations in research, project management and curatorial capacities and continues to collaborate with museum colleagues on research projects.

Administrative Posts

Postgraduate Research Director, School of Art, Media and American Studies: January 2023 - present

Organiser, World Art Research Seminar Series: July 2021-December 2022

Member: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion committee, School of Art, Media & American Studies: November 2021 - present

Research Coordinator for Art History: July 2021-October 2021

Teaching Interests

Sarah teaches on the BA Art History with Gallery & Museum Studies and MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies.

Sarah is interested in supervising PhD projects on any aspects of her research specialism. She currently supervises PhD and MRes projects relating to curating climate change, decolonising museum collections and representations of nonhuman animals in visual culture.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions