Jozie Kettle

Research summary

As Public Engagement with Research Lead at the Pitt Rivers Museum, I work collaboratively to reshape the possibilities for relationships between the Museum and external stakeholders. Primarily, I work with research colleagues and local communities, co-designing opportunities for people to come together to reflect on research and museological and societal issues. My current research interests include intersectional self-representation in heritage sites and the impacts of socially engaged museum practice. 


In 2017, Jozie became the first postholder for a role in public engagement with research at the Museum. Through this role, she facilitates seemingly unconnected groups to exchange ideas, share experiences and speak together in the Museum. Jozie has previously worked at the Foundling Museum in London. She joined the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2013 as Programming and Communications Lead for the VERVE project, which was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Her background is in material anthropology and museum ethnography (University of Oxford) and English Literature (Queen Mary, University of London). She has held a trusteeship for an intersectional youth empowerment charity, Young Women’s Music Project (2015–18). 

Selected conference papers

  • 'Messy Realities: The Secret Life of Technology', Association of Social Anthropologists Conference (University of Oxford, September 2018). 
  • 'Breaking the lens: co-creation, representation and change within Pitt Rivers Museum', UNIVERSEUM European Academic Network Conference (University of Glasgow, June 2018).
  • 'Out in Oxford: queering the Pitt Rivers Museum', Queer Legacies: Transforming Practice in Museums and Galleries post-2017 conference (Brighton Museum, March 2018).