Jenna C.Ashton

  • Lecturer in Heritage Studies - The University of Manchester

Research interests

Dr Jenna C. Ashton is an artist and curator, and Lecturer in Heritage Studies, at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. Jenna's research contributes to the evolving multidisciplinary area of "heritage studies" theory and practice. Her expertise concern feminist social practice and creative methods for a critical understanding, construction and analysis of heritage, where it intersects with social and ecological (in)justice. Her research outputs are practice-based as well as journal or book focused, with a concern for how research dissemination articulates and embodies an ethics of practice, especially where co-creation has informed the research methods. She has over 15 years’ experience in community collaboration and co-production.

In 2017, Jenna was awarded an internationally competitive visiting Global Cultural Fellowship with the “Institute for International Cultural Relations”, Edinburgh University, working with thirty global curators, artists and policy makers exploring cultural exchange for addressing issues of human and environmental rights. She holds advisory and trustee roles in the UK and internationally, and is the founder and Creative Director of the arts and heritage organisation Digital Women’s Archive North (DWAN).

Jenna is currently leading the AHRC project, "Community Climate Resilience through Folk Pageantry", UK Climate Resilience Programme: ref AH/V003186/1 (2020-2022). Previously, Co-I on project: “Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA)”, NERC, Valuing Nature Fund: ref NE/N013530/1 (2016-2020).