Strategic plan 2019-2023

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CGHD) aims to promote a developmental perspective on heritage and to demonstrate how heritage can contribute to a safe, just, and future-proof world, using the different societal agenda’s based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Horizon Europe, and NWA as guidelines.

To fulfil its goal, the Centre will tap into its vast network of talented scholars available at Erasmus University Rotterdam, TU Delft and Leiden University. It has therefore an excellent opportunity to combine this knowledge into multidisciplinary and innovative research and valorization.

In the next six years, CGHD wants to build on its multidisciplinary success by attracting new expertise), raising the number of research proposals and scientific applications (research, funding strategy), developing more educational incentives- including post academic education (education, funding strategy), strengthening the ‘front desk function’ and getting more involved with local and regional development agendas (impact, research, funding strategy), professionalizing (organization), and exploring alternative funding sources, such as consultancy and applied research (funding strategy).

The research of affiliated scholars will mostly focus on three main themes: Heritage under Threat to develop new technologies to detect, register, interpret and safeguard heritage and to look at the role of international law in dealing with cultural objects (illicit trade, claims and returns) and the protection of cultural sites; Heritage & Environment to look at the heritage aspects of redevelopment of (port) cities in energy transition, and lessons learned from ancient water management for current and future issues related to water; and Heritage & Identity to understand the role of heritage in identity politics for example, and document effects of the consumption of heritage through tourism.

Inspired by John Goddard’s work, the Centre seeks to “break down the university walls and educate citizens in general“ to contribute to societal needs. It wants to focus on relevant research by engaging and actively listening to local communities needs and concerns. This approach will also empower communities and create strong rapport with different stakeholders beyond the confines of academia.