Kirsty joined King’s College London as a part-time LAHP funded PhD student in 2019.
Proposed Title: UK-EU Changing Relationship and its Impact on UK National Museums: A study of the time period 1991-2021
- Dr Serena Iervolino
- Dr Hye-Kyung Lee
Over the past academic year, Kirsty has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, a Parliamentary Research Intern for the House of Lords and a Policy Researcher for the Policy Institute at King's College London. Kirsty has taught modules inclusive of 5AAIC005 Cultural Policy and Governance, 4AAIC008 Museums and Heritage: The Basics and 4AAIC005 Creative Institutions and Industries: Policy and Politics, teaching approximately 150 students over two years. Her knowledge of UK policy, politics and governance has been enhanced by her internship and work with Peer, The Rt Hon. Baroness Chakrabarti CBE. Her most recent work has included the preparation and presentation of research and analysis in the form of two policy briefings for two key Bills: the 2nd Reading of the ‘Nationality and Borders Bill’ and the 2nd Reading of the ‘Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill’. Whilst working as a Policy Researcher Kirsty produced two reports ‘A Review of the National Policy Landscape’ and 'Supporting Young People Interventions & Impact’.
Since February 2022, Kirsty has worked as the Research Assistant for the UKRI-JSPS funded project ‘Sustainable Cultural Futures: COVID-19 and Resetting Cultural Policy’. The project is a 3-year, UK-Japan scholarly collaboration in cultural policy that will reconsider the pre-pandemic basis of cultural policy in the UK and Japan, investigate policy responses to the pandemic and identify new areas for policy interventions to make the cultural sector more sustainable. Kirsty will support the development of two literature reviews, and the project's social media presence and contribute to survey design and interviews.
Kirsty has a track record of academic excellence. In both 2014 and 2015, she was awarded an Academic Excellence Scholarship whilst at Kingston University, studying Fine Art & Art History. In 2018 Kirsty was awarded the Course Directors’ Prize for achieving the best all-round performance across 9 courses offered by the Department of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation at Kingston University. Her PhD (2019 - 2025) is funded by The London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). In 2021 she was the recipient of a UACES Scholarship (University Association for Contemporary European Studies). This £1500 travel bursary supported PhD fieldwork in Berlin, Germany. In 2022 she has been awarded funding to attend conferences by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries and King's College London's 'Student Opportunity Fund'. Her most recent success was an award of £10,000 for the project ‘Curate, Manage, Conserve: From Theory to Practice’, from Arts Council England Developing your Creative Practice fund.
Kirsty also holds a BA (Hons) (First Class) in Fine Art & Art History (Kingston University), and a MA (Hons) (Distinction) Museums and Galleries & the Creative Economy (Kingston University).