Strategic research agenda for cultural heritage in Europe published


Developing a Reflective Society; Connecting People with Heritage; Creating Knowledge and Safeguarding our Cultural Heritage Resource are the four key priority areas identified by a new Strategic Research Agenda for cultural heritage, published this month by the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change.

This Strategic Research Agenda, the first of its kind for European heritage, is the result of an extensive consultation and development process that saw national consultation panels convened in 16 European member states (Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK) in order to provide feedback on what they saw as heritage research priorities both nationally and internationally.

In addition to identifying key priorities for cultural heritage research, the Strategic Research Agenda lists specific research areas and topics for development, as well as looking at potential future requirements for the field.

Antonia Pasqua Recchia (Italy), coordinator of the Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage and Global Change, describes the document as “a structured, forward-thinking assessment of the possible future research landscapes [in cultural heritage]” and adds that

“This Strategic Research Agenda will create a foundation for innovative research as well as inspiration for new research and skills in the fascinating field of protecting and fostering our common tangible, intangible and digital cultural heritage”.

Professor Koenraad Van Balen (Netherlands), chair of the Scientific Committee which was instrumental in pooling national consultation panel feedback to create the final Strategic Research Agenda, highlights the dynamic nature of the strategy produced:

“As is the case in the world of cultural heritage, this SRA is just a starting point of a dynamic process that will lead to a continuous update of this agenda, the more it is cherished and shared the more it will contribute to the preservation and the enhancement of heritage in Europe through relevant and effective research. “

The Strategic Research Agenda for the JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change appears as the first PDF document on the list of ‘Related Files’ below.

The following information was used to support the development of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and is referenced throughout the SRA. It is also attached in PDF form under ‘Related Files’ below.

·         Report on Drivers of Change and the Future of Cultural Heritage

·         Real-Time Delphi Study on the Future of Cultural Heritage Research

·         Futures Literacy Scenarios Workshop: The Future of Cultural Heritage Research

The development of the Strategic Research Agenda could not have taken place without the input from National Consultation Panels across Europe.  Also provided below is the:

·         Membership of the National Consultation Panels

·         Original information on research areas etc. provided by each National Consultation Panel

The Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) is an EU-level initiative, aimed at the greater coordination of research resources across Member States and Associated Countries in order to address the particular issues affecting Europe’s cultural heritage resources in times of rapidly evolving global and societal change. More information is available here and at

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