Personal Chair in Scottish Ethnology, Director of the European Ethnological Research Centre

Celtic and Scottish Studies School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Gary was the first person to graduate from the University of Edinburgh in the newly launched degree entitled Scottish Ethnology and Scottish Historical Studies, in 1988. Following a brief and ill-judged period as a banker, he returned to the School of Scottish Studies to undertake a PhD, and was later appointed to the staff there as a lecturer in 1994. He was appointed to senior lecturer in 2006, and to a personal chair in 2015. Since 2012 he has also served as the Director of the European Ethnological Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests centre around the general theme of the use of the past within the present, and include heritage, revivalism, oral history and the conceptualisation of tradition.

Responsibilities & affiliations
External Appointments

  • Board Member, Creative Scotland (2010-15)
  • Chair, Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (2012 to present)
  • Board Member, Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust (2016-present)
  • Member, AHRC Peer Review College (2010-present)
  • National Council Member, The Saltire Society (2015-present)
  • External Examiner, University College Dublin (2015-present
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