Rodney Harrison appointed as AHRC Leadership Fellow for Heritage

21 July 2016

Rodney Harrison

Rodney Harrison is one of three new leadership Fellows, appointed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to focus on priority areas of design, heritage and modern languages.

Rodney will begin his 3-year term from January 2017 and will identify new and emerging trends in heritage research and help provide advice to the AHRC to respond to the latest developments in the field.

His expertise will also help to showcase the importance of heritage research, learning lessons from the past, and equipping society with the knowledge and skills to deal with the challenges of the present and future.

According to the AHRC, the Fellows will play a pivotal role as key figures in shaping the research landscape. As champions of design, heritage and modern languages research they will help to grow collaboration within and beyond universities, identify fruitful areas in need of more research and look to deepen the AHRC's engagement within the academic community.

Playing a crucial leadership role in their respective research communities, the Fellows will bring together fresh thinking and ways of working, building new collaborations and identifying cutting-edge UK-based and international research.


Heritage Priority Area

At the heart of the AHRC heritage research strategy is a focus on making this theme a highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary research field. This entails learning lessons from across the arts and humanities and connecting with developments in science, technology and practice.

The strategy takes a broad view of cultural heritage including the links between tangible, intangible, digital and artistic concepts of heritage; and looks at shaping and leading the debate on the meaning and role of heritage in the twenty-first century.

As Rodney indicates:

  • I’m extremely excited by this opportunity to work with the AHRC in leading the development of the intellectual agenda for the heritage priority area. In doing so I hope to facilitate world leading research which crosses disciplinary boundaries and to promote productive collaborations between academics and the heritage sector.”

Rodney is currently leading the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures collaborative research project which explores different forms of heritage as distinctive future-making practices. He was recently promoted to the position of Professor of Heritage Studies, effective from 1 October 2016.

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