Dr Katrina Talei Igglesden is the Postdoctoral Research Associate on the 'Urban Pathways: Fiji. Youth. Art. Culture.' project. Her PhD, received from the Sainsbury Research Unit, focused on the social biography of masi (Fijian barkcloth) and its transformation and adaptation when encountered in urban contemporary contexts. A particular interest of hers lies in masi motifs and how they relate to cultural identity when extended into non-traditional pathways. She has contributed to several research projects including those at UEA and the University of Glasgow and has worked on various cultural initiatives, such as those with the Fiji High Commission London, the Fijian COP23 Presidency Secretariat and several museums around the world.
Of mixed Fijian ancestry, she is passionate about reconnecting diasporic Fijian communities with their cultural heritage housed in museum collections and facilitating reciprocal relationships between cultural heritage institutions and communities. She sits on several advisory boards including the Board of Trustees of the registered charity Communities Fiji Britain, the Advisory Board of Marama Alliance UK and the Advisory Panel of the National Maritime Museum’s Pacific Encounters Gallery.