Centre for Applied Heritage

Applied heritage is about the potential of heritage to transform society. The Centre for Applied Heritage at Linnaeus University (LNU) aims at advancing academic research and collaboration with external partners concerning the uses and benefits of heritage in contemporary society.

In the Centre for Applied Heritage, we critically examine and constructively develop the relations between heritage and society from a multidisciplinary perspective. Our particular interest are the values, benefits and uses of cultural heritage in society. We are actively exploring new applications and uses of heritage and heritage perspectives for the benefit of society. We strengthen the links between academic and other realms of heritage and, whenever possible, seek cooperation with partners both inside and outside the heritage sector. Since we live in a globalised world our focus is global too.

The core researchers of the Centre for Applied Heritage are affiliated with the subject areas of Archaeology, History, and Cultural Sociology in the Department of Cultural Sciences. The Centre operates across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and indeed across the entire University, to bring together researchers and their projects examining the relations between heritage and society and developing its potential to transform society.

Affiliated researchers


Nadia Bartolini, PhD Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Elizabeth Chilton, Professor of Anthropology, Centre for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Roksana Chowaniec, Associate Professor University of Warsaw, Institute of Archaeology
Laia Colomer, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Linnaeus University
Christen Erlingsson, Associate Professor Caring Science, Linnaeus University
Anders Fröjmark, Associate Professor of History, Linnaeus University
Martin Gren, Associate Professor, Tourism studies, Linnaeus University
Sophia Labadi, Senior Lecturer and co-Director, Centre for Heritage, University of Kent, UK
Per Lekberg, PhD, Head of Dep:t of Museum ArchaeologyKalmar County Museum and Linnaeus University
Carolina Jonsson Malm, PhD, Research Coordinator, Kalmar County Museum/Linnaeus University
Clara Masriera- Esquerra, Researcher and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Archaeological Heritage Studies, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Catalonia / University of Barcelona (UB) - Faculty of Education
Sarah May, PhD, Research Associate, Heritage Futures Lab, University College London, UK
Jennie Morgan, PhD, Research Fellow, Sociology, University of York
Ulf Näsman, Professor emeritus, Linnaeus University
Andreas Pantazatos, PhD, Co-Director Centre for Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Durham University UK
Geoffrey Scarre, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy AND Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Durham University, UK
Karin Strinnholm Lagergren, Senior Lecturer, Research Associate Alamire Foundation, KU Leuven Linnaeus University

The Centre is open for additional individuals to be associated in the future.