Sian Jones is Professor of Heritage and Director of the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in cultural heritage, as well as on the role of the past in the production of power, identity, memory and sense of place.
Her recent projects have focused on the practice of conservation, the experience of authenticity, replicas and reconstructions, public parks as urban heritage, and the experience of wonder on the Isle of Staffa.
Her books include, The Archaeology of Ethnicity (1997), A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the Biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Cross-Slab (2008), My Life as a Replica: St John’s Cross Iona (2020).
She has also published extensively in journals on conservation and authenticity, social and communal values and community heritage; work which is particularly relevant to this ‘Deep Cities’ JPICH project.