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email: Jenna.Ashton@manchester.ac.uk 

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Dr Jenna C. Ashton is a Lecturer in Heritage Studies and an arts-practice researcher working on cultural analysis and theory at the nexus between community heritage, ecologies, place, and social and environmental justice. She has a background in artmaking, exhibition curation, creative producing, and arts-education.

Jenna is the Research Lead for Creative and Civic Futures for UoM research platform “Creative Manchester”, an Associate Member of the UoM Sustainable Consumption Institute, and Member of the UoM Manchester Urban Institute. Externally, she is a member of the RGS Animal Geographies Working Group.

Jenna has extensive experience of research collaboration across interdisciplinary arts-science teams, working as a PI, Co-I, and Advisor, and mentor and manager, on projects funded by AHRC, NERC, ESRC, Met Office, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, and the Greater Manchester Green Spaces Fund. These projects focus on urban green infrastructure and health, community climate resilience, reforestation, biodiversity enhancement, weeds, air qualities and atmospheres, human-animal multispecies encounters, food sovereignty, environmental histories, feminism, museums and heritage, and refugee and displacement lived experiences. Jenna has also trained in Agroforestry Forest Garden design, and is a member of the Greater Manchester Food Sovereignty project group. She helps facilitate the Miles Platting Community and Age Friendly Network climate action group, is an Advisor for the National Trust, and volunteers for the Blue Cross’ Pet Loss Support Service.

Jenna is the founder and Creative Director of the arts and heritage organisation Digital Women’s Archive North (2015 -), and in 2019-2020 in collaboration with women artists, she co-founded the Centre for International Women Artists, a collective artist studio and gallery experiment in Manchester, UK. Jenna is also 1/4 of artist collective InsideOutsideHouse (2018 -).

Jenna teaches across courses focusing on critical heritage studies theory and practice, heritage policy and management, landscapes and environmental humanities, critical ecologies, intangible cultural heritage, heritage and conflict, art curation, museums studies and practice, arts and the city, and contemporary arts.

 

Activities and esteem

List of media, public talks, lectures, training 2020-22: DOCUMENT

 

 

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Creative Manchester
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Sustainable Consumption Institute
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Digital Futures

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