Our research strategy in heritage focusses on foresight and capacity planning, public participation and citizen science, and (mainly archaeological) heritage management law, policy and practice in both a Welsh and international context. We advise government and national and state heritage agencies in several European countries (Karl, N Edwards), heritage organisations (Karl, N Edwards, Robinson) and are actively engaged in various heritage projects at National and European scale (e.g. Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe, Karl, Möller; Heritage Together; Karl, Möller; etc.). We are also actively involved in providing various opportunities for public participation and citizen science (e.g. the Meillionydd Project, Waddington, Karl; Visualising the Archaeology of Gwynedd, Robinson, Karl; Fron Goch, Robinson; Heritage Together, Karl, Möller; etc.).
We also are actively engaged in revising heritage law (e.g. Wales; Austria; and Germany); have helped to significantly change or are in the process of enforcing change (partially by taking legal action) in heritage agency policies and practice (e.g. Wales; Austria; and Germany); and are providing horizon scanning and foresight research on behalf of governments and national and state heritage agencies (e.g. Wales; Austria). We have also engaged in European research on capacity and career planning by means of gathering archaeology labour market intelligence through our participation in Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe, a project cluster we have recently started to take a leading role in. We are also active on a wider European scale on sector-related political strategy planning and political lobbying through our work in the Political Strategies Committee of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). This work also extend to helping develop and set standards, e.g. for archaeology, through our involvement in QAA’s archaeology subject benchmark revision process, and our work on developing international standards for fieldwork training and accreditation, the latter again through our active involvement in EAA and its Committee on the Teaching and Training of Archaeologists (which has been chaired by Karl since 2015).
Collaborations and partnerships with other organisations continue to be crucial to our research – for example we have worked with the Bangor School of Computer Science on a major Welsh heritage 3D visualisation project, creating a new academic specialisation (Karl). We also work closely with other universities, e.g. Cambridge University (N Edwards), Cardiff University (Waddington), University of Chester (N Edwards, Robinson), and the University of Central Lancashire (Robinson); and heritage organisations e.g. the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (N Edwards), Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (Karl, N Edwards, Robinson, Waddington). Recently, we have also become more strongly involved with the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists’ work, and especially its ongoing drive to expand its activities to Germany and the Netherlands, for which we have been providing advice and assistance (Karl, Möller).