Please see the following call for two online conferences:

AHRC Heritage is excited to host two timely half-day Conferences led by Hana Morel, titled Global Challenges, Sustainability and the Politics of Heritage and Pathways and Barriers to Climate Action through Heritage Research taking place online on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 July.

The social and political changes needed for sustainability are complex and entangled alongside a new salience in research and its potential role towards decision-making. While certainly there is a push to improve our understanding of how to approach, understand and manage the Anthropocene, core challenges for the arts and humanities continue through discussion, debate and governance.  These half-day Conferences hope to contribute to the impressive energy and commitment of individuals, institutions and governments that continue despite current social arrangements, by exploring the role of heritage research within the sustainability and climate action movement, and what some of the opportunities and challenges are. Heritage studies itself offers a critical contribution to tackling global challenges, but is often merely an add on to research.

Global Challenges, Sustainability and the Politics of Heritage, 22 July

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The event will focus on:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of the sustainability concept and how can heritage research contribute towards understanding it further?
  • How can heritage research help inform evidence-based policies related to sustainable development challenges, such as issues of social justice, instability, and legacies between nations and peoples?
  • Can heritage research help ensure successful implementation towards achieving sustainable development (e.g. through ensuring programmes understand and work within local contexts)?
  • How can heritage research support effective frameworks of government, or support the political will to transform research and innovation into sustainable long-term practices?

Speakers include:

Adala LeesonHead of Social and Economic Analysis and Evaluation, Historic England

Alison HeritageProject Manager, ICCROM

Beth PerryProfessorial Research Fellow, University of Sheffield

Gameli Kodzo Tordzro, Research Associate, University of Glasgow

Hana MorelResearch Associate, UCL 

Harman SaggarHead Economists for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS

Jack PhilipsEconomic Advisor, DCMS

Kalliopi FousekiProgramme Director/Senior Lecturer for Sustainable Heritage, UCL

Kelsea SellarsPolicy Researcher, Ubele

Krystyna Swiderska, Principal Researcher, iied

Michael StubbsLand Use and Planning Advisor, National Trust

Sara TurnbullFounder/Director, WorkWild


Pathways and Barriers to Climate Action through Heritage Research, 23 July

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The areas we are focusing specifically on are:

  • What can heritage research contribute towards characterising and qualifying climate-related risks?
  • How can heritage research help build resilience to climate variability and change without exacerbating existing inequalities?
  • What can heritage research offer climate services to help individuals and communities make climate-smart decisions?


Speakers include:

Albino Jopela, Head of Programmes, African World Heritage Fund

Caitlin de Silvey, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter

Carl Carrington, Head of Planning and Conservation, Blackpool Council

Ewan Hislop, Head of Technical Research, Historic Environment Scotland

Hannah Fluck, Head of Environmental Research, Historic England

Kate Lonsdale, AHRC UK Climate Resilience Programme Champion, Leeds University

Mariella de Soissons, Policy Advisor, Climate Change and Adaptation, Defra

Navin Piplani, Principal Director, INTACH Heritage Academy, New Delhi

Sandra Henry, Lead Research Archaeologist, CHERISH (Discovery Programme)

Sanjay Johal, Community Flood Resilience Project Officer, National Flood Forum

Victoria Bankes Price, Planning Advisor, Forestry Commission

Yann Grandgirard, Project Manager, Edinburgh World Heritage

Please register to attend either or both of these events, as you will receive the latest log in details via email.

For these two half-day Conferences, we will be tweeting with the handle @AHRCHeritage using #SustainableHeritagePolicy and #HeritageClimateAction as our hashtags, so please do feel free to join us with your thoughts and discussions.