All of the work we do in the Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre begins from the premise that there is an urgent need to develop new ways of thinking about and managing heritage. Our mission is thus to support just and transformative action across the heritage sector in what are rapidly changing times. At the heart of all our work is a set of shared values. It is important to acknowledge that these values, and the work they allow us to do, are inspired by the feminist, anti-colonial laboratory, Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), headed by Max Liboiron, a world-leading Michif researcher on waste, plastic pollution and anti-colonial science. As outlined in the public version of the CLEAR lab book, CLEAR is held together by three values: humility, accountability and good land relations (CLEAR 2021). We have embraced CLEAR’s unwavering adoption of anti-colonial, anti-racist, inclusive and sustainability-conscious practice and have agreed, as a group, to be guided by the following additional values:

  • Being humble and empathetic
  • Accountability, vulnerability and reciprocity
  • Listening and embracing discomfort
  • Transparency and awareness
  • Amplifying without possession

You can learn more about how these values underpin our work in our Research Culture Strategy.

References

CLEAR. (2021). CLEAR Lab Book: A living manual of our values, guidelines, and protocols, V.03. St. John’s, NL: Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Centre’s Approach to Research Impact

Researchers in the Heritage for Global Challenges Research Centre adopt what Rickards et al. (2020: 14) have labelled the third generation of research impact, which means emphasising “cross-disciplinary collaborative approaches that link and weave research impacts together to address society’s ‘big challenges’”. Key here is ensuring that there are “synergies and lessons across and between research projects” (p. 14), as well as, in our case, research axes. Adopting such an interconnected approach is critical as we are at a crucial juncture with our engagements with heritage, one where we need “to identify neglected issues and voices, articulate lessons from the past, critique existing approaches and anticipate possible futures” (p. 15). The Centre is thus conceived around grand challenges and a mission that demands cross-disciplinary intervention.

References

Rickards, L, Steele, W., Kokshagina, O. and Moraes, O. (2020) Research Impact as Ethos. Available online: Accessed 27 March 2023.