Dr Amy Clarke

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Dr Amy Clarke


Teaching areas

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Nationalism and Political History
  • Australian History (18th-21st Centuries)

Research areas

  • nationalism and identity politics: historical and contemporary patterns in Australia
  • heritage and cultural identity politics in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific
  • heritage diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and nation branding (focus on Australia and Scotland, but also the general concepts)
  • Australian heritage overseas: human endeavour, war and conflict, sporting triumphs
  • copies, fakes, forgeries and replicas in architecture; investigating authenticity
  • Queensland and Sunshine Coast heritage - past, present and future

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Amy is a lecturer in history at the University of the Sunshine Coast, specialising in socio-cultural / architectural history, particularly that relating to the British colonial period, contemporary Scotland, and 19th–21st century Australia. 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.

Since completing her PhD, 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 (2016–2017). 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 also currently completing an adaptation of her PhD thesis for publication, as well as a co-authored book with colleague Dr Ashley Paine; the latter explores architectural history/theory and heritage issues relating to copying, duplicating and reproducing architecture.

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.

Amy is an elected Editorial Board Member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), and is the Secretariat Officer for the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) as well as the Australia & New Zealand Chapter Coordinator for the Association. 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).

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.

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Professional memberships

  • Member, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  • Executive Committee Secretariat Officer, Association of Critical Heritage Studies
  • 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


  • USC Advance Awards, 2016:  AQT award for Advancing Quality Teaching. Awarded for teaching staff and teaching teams who engage students in a quality learning experience by applying rich and engaging teaching approaches that substantially improve students' learning experiences
  • 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

Research publications

Clarke, A. 2016. 'Faking Authenticity with Fool's Gold Architecture.' Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold. Edited by Ann-Marie Brennan and Philip Goad, 134–143. Melbourne: SAHANZ.

Clarke, A. 2016. 'Heritage Diplomacy and the Scottish Ten Initiative.' Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory & Criticism 13 (1): 51–64.

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.

Potential research projects for HDR and honours students

  • Cultural and 'soft power' diplomacy: History and contemporary practice
  • Local, Queensland and Australian heritage policies, practices and debates
  • Australian national identity in the 21st century
  • What does 'authenticity' mean in architectural heritage and history? Copies, fakes, replicas and reconstructions

Research grants

Grant/Project name  Investigators  Funding body  Year  Focus 

Beyond Borders: Australia's Heritage Diplomacy in the Asia–Pacific, 1992–Present

Dr Amy Clarke, Dr Harriot Beazley, Professor Patrick Nunn USC SoSS ECR Collaborative Research Fund (A$8,000)


Since the 1990s the Australian Government has increased its socio-cultural engagements in the Asia Pacific region as part of its broader diplomatic strategy. This is a ‘soft power’ approach (using the powers of attraction rather than force) that is utilised by many nations. This research will investigate Australian heritage initiatives in the wider region in order to (among other things) chart this history and locate this approach within discourses on heritage, international development and politics.

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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