General information

Amy is a Lecturer in History at the University of the Sunshine Coast, specialising in built heritage (architecture), popular culture and identity politics. Her geographical and chronological focuses range from 19th century Scotland and the British Empire, to colonial and contemporary Australia, to colonial and post-colonial notions of cultural identity and built heritage throughout South East Asia and the Pacific.

Amy is particularly interested exploring these histories through heritage practice and theory, and her recent research has explored heritage policy, cultural diplomacy, identity politics and nationalism. Her PhD dissertation, entitled ‘Built heritage and National Identity: Constructing and Promoting Scottishness in the Twenty-First Century,’ was conferred in 2015 (University of Queensland), and investigated several contemporary issues in heritage politics and governance using Scottish case studies and examples.

Current research focus

Since 2015, Amy has been researching  the broad theme of cultural/heritage diplomacy through programs such as the Australian Federal Government’s List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia (LOPHSA), the Australian Federal Government’s Overseas Privately-Constructed Memorial Restoration Grant Program (OPCMRG), and the Scottish Government’s Scottish Ten digital heritage scheme. She has several publications on this topic in print and several more to follow (2016-2018). In November 2016 Amy began a collaborative research project on Australian heritage diplomacy (1990s-present) in South East Asia and the Pacific region, with USC colleagues Professor Patrick Nunn and Dr Harriot Beazley.

Amy is currently completing a separate research project on Australia’s ‘Big Things’, examining this cultural phenomenon from historical, socio-political and heritage angles; she will publish a book on this topic in 2019-2020. She was awarded the Duke University Rubenstein Library FOARE Fellowship for U.S. aspects of this research for 2018-19.

Finally, Amy is collaborating with colleague Dr Ashley Paine on a wide-ranging research project that explores architectural history/theory and heritage issues relating to copying, duplicating and reproducing architecture. A research symposium on this topic will be staged in 2019, with a co-edited text to follow.


Amy has had work published in journals such as: Future AnteriorHistoric Environment, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, Heritage & Society, Museum & Society, the Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the Journal of Scottish Historic Studies, Scottish AffairsArchitectural Histories and the Journal for Irish and Scottish Studies. Her work also appears in proceedings by the Society for Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, the Transatlantic Dialogues on Cultural Heritage program, and the EUNAMUS project. She has forthcoming publications in the SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism (2017) as well as several other international history and heritage journals, including a special issue of Archaeologies. She has also contributed to mainstream outlets such as The Conversation and Border Crossings magazine.

Professional roles

Amy is an elected Editorial Board Member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). She is the former Secretariat Officer (2015-2017) for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS). Amy has also been an Assistant Editor for the journal Cultural Histories (the publication of the International Society of Cultural History) since 2013.

Amy is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Full International Member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Qualifications and awards

Prior to her PhD (University of Queensland), Amy completed a MSc at the Edinburgh College of Art (University of Edinburgh) in 19th Century Scottish Tudor Revival architecture.  Amy has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Curtin University), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours 1) in History at the University of Queensland, for which she wrote her dissertation on Victorian-era perceptions of the Tudors in art, architecture and education.

In 2016 she was awarded an Advancing Quality Teaching award for excellence in teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She was awarded the International Council for Canadian Studies 2012 Graduate Student Grant for her work in eastern Canada, and the 2012 Guilford Bell Scholarship for her research on Culloden and Bannockburn Visitor Centres and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

If you would like more information or would like to view Amy’s CV, please visit her Academia.edu page.