Dr Amy Clarke

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Dr Amy Clarke


Teaching areas

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Urban and Social History of Australia (18th–21st centuries)
  • Cultural and Political History of Australia (18th–21st centuries)
  • History of Film

Research areas

  • use of culture, identity and heritage in international and bilateral diplomacy (19th–21st centuries)
  • bilateral networks of cooperation between national heritage agencies (21st century, eg ICOMOS UK and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage)
  • promotion and manipulation of 'national' identities for social, political and/or economic gain (19th–21st centuries)
  • British imperial and colonial history and heritage (particularly India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia)
  • cultural politics of diasporas, particularly regarding understandings of heritage and authenticity and the cultural–political influence of the diaspora on the homeland (20th–21st centuries)
  • future of heritage on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast (Queensland)


Dr Amy Clarke is an historian and heritage practitioner with international research and teaching experience. Her recently completed doctorate, entitled ‘Built Heritage and National Identity: Constructing and Promoting Scottishness in the Twenty-First Century,’ gained local and international attention as a result of its timely completion just prior to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Amy has had work published in international journals such as Historic Environment, Scottish Affairs, Architectural Histories, the Journal for Irish and Scottish Studies and the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies. Amy has presented her work at international conferences including those held by the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, ICOMOS, the British Scholar Society and the Society for Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, and she has also contributed to the EU-funded research programme EUNAMUS (European National Museums). 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.

Prior to her recently conferred PhD from the University of Queensland, Amy completed a MSc at the School of Architecture, University of Edinburgh in 19th Century Scottish Tudor Revival architecture. Amy also completed 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.

Amy is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scotland), an Assistant Editor for the journal Cultural History (the publication of the International Society of Cultural History), and the Coordinator of the Australia & New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. Amy worked with the Policy Team at the National Trust for Scotland whilst studying at Edinburgh, and subsequently worked for the Queensland Government as a Policy Advisor in multicultural affairs. She has also volunteered her time for organisations such as the National Trust of Queensland and English Heritage (Engaging Places program).

Amy has international tertiary teaching experience in cultural heritage, history and architecture (history and theory), having taught at the University of Edinburgh, University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.

Professional memberships

  • Member, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • Executive Committee Secretariat Officer and Australia & New Zealand Chapter Coordinator, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • Member, Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
  • Member, Australian Historical Association
  • Assistant Editor, Cultural History (Journal of the International Society of Cultural History)
  • Elected Fellow, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians (U.S.)
  • Editorial Board Member, Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain


  • Guilford Bell Scholarship, 2012, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate School International Travel Award, 2012, The University of Queensland
  • International Council of Canadian Studies Travel Grant, 2012, International Council of Canadian Studies
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2011–2014, The University of Queensland
  • Overseas Research Students Award, 2009, University of Edinburgh


Clarke, A. 2014. ‘Scotland in Kolkata: Scotland’s Transnational Heritage, Cultural Diplomacy and City Image.’ Historic Environment 26 (3): 86–89.

Clarke, A. 2014. ‘Translating Scottishness from the Homeland to the Diaspora: A Consideration of Nova Scotia’s ‘Scottish’ Architectural Landscape.’ Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand: 31, Translation. Edited by Christoph Schnoor, 39–49. Auckland, New Zealand: SAHANZ.

Clarke, A. 2014. ‘Scotland’s Heritage Investments in India: Acts of Cultural Diplomacy and Identity Building.’ Scottish Affairs 23 (2): 234–249.

Leach, A., A. Moulis, C. McCarthy, A. Seligmann, M. Biraghi, J. Willis, L. Stickells, J. Gatley, N. Westbrook, M. Stierli and A. Clarke. 2013. ‘Open Brief.’ Architectural Histories 1 (1): 27.

Clarke, A. 2013. ‘Constructing Architectural History at the Open-Air Museum: The Highland Village Museum of Nova Scotia and the Highland Folk Museum of Scotland.’ Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand: 30, Open. Edited by Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach, vol. 2, 517–528. Gold Coast, Qld: SAHANZ.

Research grants

Grant/Project name  Investigators  Funding body  Year  Focus 

Considering Future Heritage as a Dimension of Social Sustainability

Professor Andrew Leach, Amy Clarke, Dr Stuart King and Dr Wouter van Acker CRN Collaboration Publication Program (A$5,000)


Considers the terms by which two local government authorities address the identification, documentation and (in some cases) preservation of buildings, sites and precincts not yet listed by local government or statutory heritage authorities as heritage, but which have nonetheless been identified through internal review processes as potential future listings
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