GCRF Cultural Heritage Project Hub

The GCRF Cultural Heritage Hub is an interdisciplinary consolidator project coordinated by the University of St Andrews. Led by the main Principal Investigator Dr Richard Bates, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Project Coordinator, Jamie Allan Brown, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, the hub works in collaboration with local communities and partner organisations in Tanzania, Peru, Costa Rica, and Ukraine. The multidisciplinary team of Principal Investigators, ODA partners and Researchers collaborate to achieve the goals of the hub.

It aims to research the value of cultural heritage to local communities;

  • Understanding the ways cultural heritage can be represented, preserved, and developed to ensure sustainability and well-being for local communities.
  • Widening cultural heritage participation through new community-led initiatives both locally in communities and globally across the hub.
  • Preserving and represent intangible and tangible cultural heritage in digital and physical form.
  • Inspire collaboration for sustainable partnerships between the University, communities, and global institutions.

The hub will create a shared platform for researchers to share their knowledge and experiences via a new ‘South-South’ and/or Global online conversation series. Enable community, researcher, and wider public participation through innovative technologies; a mobile app, and a database of intangible and tangible cultural heritage.

The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Project Details


Location: Costa Rica, Ukraine, Tanzania, Peru, Central America, Eastern Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Europe, Americas Organiser(s): University of St Andrews Funder(s): Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Scottish Funding Council Funding received: Undisclosed Commencement Date: 12/2020 Project Status: Active
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