Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology. She is also Senior Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and currently serving in the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.
Dr Rico's areas of research in critical heritage studies include risk, Islamic materiality, ethnography and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise and heritage ethics. Her current research projects focus on the mobilization of Islamic values in the Arabian Peninsula and the study of heritage and secrecy in South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015); as well as author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage narratives in the tsunami city (UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series, Routledge 2016). She is also founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of the first volume of the series, The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents (2017).
The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents, Heritage Studies in the Muslim World Series, ed. Trinidad Rico (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City. UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series (New York and London: Routledge, 2016).
Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels and Trinidad Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015).
Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. Karen Exell and Trinidad Rico (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).
“Stakeholder in practice: ‘us’, ‘them,’ and the problem of expertise,” in Archaeologies of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Debating the Politics of Ethnicity and Indigeneity in Archaeology and Heritage Discourse, (eds) Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström, Carl-Gösta Ojala, (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), 38-52.
"Technology, Technocracy, and the Promise of “Alternative” Heritage Values," in Heritage in Action, eds. H. Silverman, E. Waterton and S. Watson (New York: Springer Press, 2016), 217-230.
“Heritage at Risk: The Authority and Autonomy of a Dominant Preservation Framework,” in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. K. Lafrenz-Samuels and T. Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015), 147-162.
“The Limits of a ‘Heritageat Risk’ Framework:The Construction ofPost-Disaster CulturalHeritage in Banda Aceh,Indonesia,” Journal of Social Archaeology 14.2 (2014): 157-176.
“Islamophobia and the Location of Heritage Debates in the Arabian Peninsula,” in Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. K. Exell and T. Rico (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), 19-32.
Fellowships and Awards:
AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund Innovation Fund, UK (International co-Investigator, 2016-2017)
UCL Global Engagement Strategy Leadership Fund (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)
Universidad de los Lagos, Chile, Programa Nucleos de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)
Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (co-Lead Principal Investigator, 2015-2018)
Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (Principal Investigator, 2015-2017)
Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, 2016-2018 [link: http://www.criticalheritagestudies.org/executive-committee-1/].
Founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, [link: http://www.springer.com/series/15128]).