CHPC Research focuses on the notion of critical heritage, which considers places, pasts and traditions in contemporary life alongside heritage’s traditional concerns with conservation and restoration. Critical heritage, as a discipline, reconceptualises heritage by paying attention to themes such as power, identity, economic development and conflict, and by engaging with other areas of critical enquiry such as memory studies, creative tourism, feminist theory, material culture studies, and cultural geography.
In particular, research focuses on design practices within the context of heritage, and aims to foster collaborative projects and discussions on the interaction between tradition and contemporary society, and how this is visually expressed. This includes investigating new emerging patterns of space/place, exhibition design, and place consumption (amongst others).
The cross-disciplinary nature of the research means that its members come from different research areas and backgrounds. Our current members include: