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Sarah Kerr - New Postdoc at Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Sarah will join CAS on 1 February 2021. She will be working on the project: Culture, Heritage and Identities: Impacts of Climate Change in northwest Europe.

2021.01.13 | Camilla Dimke

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I will be joining the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow under the mentorship of Felix Riede. My project, called CHICC (Culture, Heritage and Identities: Impacts of Climate Change in northwest Europe), will explore the impact of climate change-driven heritage loss on cultural identities in local communities. It will adopt a citizen science approach, developed during a secondment at St. Andrews (Scotland), to compile long-lens environmental and cultural narratives of damaged and partially lost built heritage sites.

My PhD, from Queen’s University Belfast (UK), focused on medieval buildings, particularly communal living and the relationship between space and identity, which I continued to explore during a postdoctoral position at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). As a research fellow in the interdisciplinary Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), my research expanded to included medieval buildings at risk. I have held three grants, in Ireland and the UK, to explore this further which in turn led to my involvement in the development of Ireland’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Built and Archaeological Heritage. At this time I was also an RA for two Horizon2020 applications (both successful). I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future or online before!


Sarah Kerr
Institut for Kultur og Samfund - Afdeling for Arkæologi og Kulturarvsstudier
Moesgård Allé 20
bygning 4216
8270 Højbjerg