We are pleased to host a half day event on heritage and climate action as part of our Follow-on-Funding dedicated to Opening New Pathways to Impact across Heritage Research, Policy and Practice.
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. This half-day Conference hopes to contribute to the impressive energy and commitment of individuals, institutions and governments that continues despite current awkward social arrangements, by exploring the role of heritage research within the climate action movement, and what some of the opportunities and challenges are. Heritage studies itself is a critical aspect to tackling the climate crisis, but is often merely an add on to research.
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?
The working programme for the afternoon is:
10:05____What can heritage research contribute towards characterising and qualifying climate-related risks
10:20____How can heritage research heritage research help build resilience to climate variability and change without exacerbating existing inequalities?
10:45____Panel: Next steps for the protection of natural and cultural capital
11:40____What can heritage research offer climate services to help individuals and communities make climate-smart decisions?
12:15____What are we missing? The nature-climate divide
12:25___Panel: Effective use of heritage studies: thinking about societal benefit and economic value, the role of stakeholders, and the future development of heritage policy
Confirmed speakers are:
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
More details about speakers and the programme will be posted here by July.
Please do make sure you register via Eventbrite below. We will be sending details on how to join Webex ahead of the event. The link will also be available here.
Do also make sure you register for our event ‘Global Challenges, Sustainability and the Politics of Heritage‘, 22 July
This event is led and organised by Hana Morel.
Sarah Forgesson (Climate Crisis PhD candidate, UCL) will be assisting on the day.