Emma completed a BTECH Diploma in Foundation Art and Design in 2009, before graduating with a BA in Modern History from Queen's University in 2012. In her second year at Queen's she spent an Erasmus semester aboard studying Modern History and 20th Century Art History in the University of Amsterdam. Following graduation she lived and worked in Lanzarote, Spain for a year before coming home to study an MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Ulster University. Whilst studying for her MA, and for some time afterwards, Emma managed an e-commerce website which specialised in selling tickets for tourist attractions, museums and heritage sites.
Emma's Ph.D research is multidisciplinary, within the School of History at Queen's, investigating the impact of perceived provenance, space and appropriated ritual responses on the understanding of sacred objects. To conduct the research she will be drawing from a range of disciplines relating to spatial theory, architectural theory, performance and ritual theory, cultural studies, museum display and art theory. Reviewing literature from this range of disciplines will attempt to draw conclusions that are of importance to the central concerns of this research located at the interactions between material cultural studies, heritage and public history.