research student

Claire Roe

Postgraduate research student

Claire standing in front of a wall containing sketches and technical drawings.


College of Arts, Humanities and Education





I am a post-graduate research student studying for an interdisciplinary doctorate across Heritage and Tourism. My focus is placemaking along the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site; an area that I grew up in and is very close to my heart. Prior to this, I graduated in 2019 with an MA in Public History and Heritage, also from the University of Derby, whilst simultaneously working part-time as a primary school teacher. Before undertaking my doctorate, I worked in education for over ten years, teaching both primary and secondary students and specialising in Drama and English teaching.

I have always loved theatre and performance, graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts (Acting) in 2001, and have used this experience throughout my career, not just within teaching. Currently, I work as a Knife Crime Awareness Workshop Facilitator at the National Justice Museum, Nottingham, where I deliver the Choices and Consequences Knife Crime Awareness workshops for The Ben Kinsella Trust.

Thesis title 

From Protection to Place-Making: World Heritage, Urban Planning and Sustainable Tourism in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. 


Research interests

My main research interest is co-production within heritage. This involves using heritage to provide under-represented communities with a platform to tell their own stories and empower them in the present by understanding the past. In particular, I am interested in how such heritage narratives can facilitate wider cultural awareness and promote equality and understanding whilst simultaneously creating environmentally and culturally responsible heritage destinations.