PhD Research

Wrestling with Social Value: An Examination of Methods and Approaches for Assessing Social Value in Heritage Management and Conservation

My collaborative doctoral project (2018 – 2021) focused on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the assessment of social values in heritage management and conservation. The aim was to develop and trial a suite of qualitative methods for examining social values in a variety of ‘real-world’ heritage contexts. The resulting evidence-base was used to identify a methodological toolkit to help meet the needs of the heritage conservation profession and to deepen our understanding of the social value of the historic environment.

In this project, ‘social value’ refers to the significance of the historic environment to contemporary communities, including people’s sense of identity, belonging, attachment and place.

For more on this project, please see the items under ‘PhD Research’ on the main menu and the section on Writing.