Call for case studies on societal challenges and heritage science research

Can you contribute a case study on how heritage science contributes to the five societal challenges identified by the NHSF research working group?

The five societal challenges were identified to inspire and encourage connections between heritage science research and five issues of importance to society. They are:

  • Sustainable development
  • Climate emergency
  • Improved wellbeing
  • Equality and inclusivity
  • Digital society

More detailed information on the five societal challenges can be found here

We are looking for case studies of how heritage science research and practice is addressing the five societal challenges. A template has been prepared to help with this. The template includes an example case study that focuses on climate change and the historic environment.

Download the template here: Societal Challenges Case Study Template (Word)

Mapping institutional research strategies to the challenges

How does your organisation’s research strategy, corporate strategy or teaching programme align to the societal challenges? We would welcome examples of how individual organisations are already taking action to address the five challenges as well as statements from organisations who recognise a gap in their existing research strategy with respect to the societal challenges, and how they plan to use the challenges to incorporate a focus on wider societal issues.

We’d like to collect case studies until the end of June 2021 and then feature examples on our website and in a blog series later this year. Please send completed case studies, or any questions to Caroline Peach