Research at the Department of Cultural Heritage Studies

A cultural heritage researcher examines the historical culture of the institutions and communities that produce and preserve cultural heritage. We are studying the practices of cultural heritage institutes and other heritage communities with respect to memory and history, and the production and conservation of cultural heritage.

Typical research questions in the Department of Cultural Heritage Studies include:

  • What is cultural heritage and what is it not?
  • What is the value of cultural heritage and what is its significance?
  • How does cultural heritage emerge, change and endure?
  • How is cultural heritage transferred from generation to generation?
  • What are cultural heritage institutions and how do they work?
  • Who will receive our cultural heritage in the future?
  • Who is cultural heritage meant for?
  • How is cultural heritage protected, preserved and conserved?
  • How do we adopt cultural heritage?
  • Who participate in the process of cultural heritage?
  • How is historical identity constructed?
  • To whom does cultural heritage belong?
  • Who uses histories and how are they used?
  • How is the cultural environment formed?
  • Where do the memories of place or landscape come from?
  • How and why is cultural heritage destroyed or lost?

Recent publications of the Degree Programme in Digital Culture, Landscape and Cultural Heritage

Cultural keystone species as a tool for biocultural stewardship : A global review (2024)

People and Nature
Mattalia, Giulia; McAlvay, Alex; Teixidor-Toneu, Irene; Lukawiecki, Jessica; Moola, Faisal; Asfaw, Zemede; Camara-Leret, Rodrigo; Diaz, Sandra; Franco, F. Merlin; Halpern, Benjamin S.; O'Hara, Casey; Renard, Delphine; Uprety, Yadav; Wall, Jeffrey; Zafra-Calvo, Noelia; Reyes-Garcia, Victoria
(A2 Refereed review article in a scientific journal )