PhD Studentship in the Historic Built Environment - A Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of York and Historic England, Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Project Title: ‘Beyond the List’: A Critical Examination of the Development and Impacts of Statutory and Non-statutory Heritage Lists on the National Management of Heritage in England
Department: University of York, Department of Archaeology
Supervisors: Dr Gill Chitty and Professor John Schofield (University of York) and Dr Joseph Flatman (Historic England)
The scope and relevance of statutory designation for heritage assets has been transformed over the last 10 years to respond to policy change and to steady reduction in national and local government resources to support a designation system.
In this collaborative project, Historic England seeks research into the development, format, contents, distribution and management impacts of statutory and non-statutory heritage lists (including HERs) on the national management of heritage. There is a particular focus on examining the interaction of local and national lists; regional variations in quality and coverage; and the interaction of related statutory instruments like the 1979 Ancient Monuments Act with current planning controls.
This research is a unique and exciting opportunity to engage in a review of past and emerging policy and practice for heritage protection, working closely with Government’s heritage advisor, Historic England. Ultimately this project will make a critical contribution to ongoing thinking about the future of ‘listing’ heritage assets in a deregulatory environment. It will play a formative role in developing future heritage designation policy and practice and have potential to shape the means by which the historic environment is managed for public benefit, in conjunction with the local communities and authorities for whom it has meaning.
Aims and Objectives
The overall aim of the research is to provide a critical understanding of recent development and impacts of heritage ‘listing’ policy on the national management of the historic environment in order to inform future policy and practice at national and local scales. Since the last review of the statutory lists in 2010, significant changes have occurred in the planning system (e.g. NPPF 2012, Localism Act 2011), in management of national and local listing systems and in the role of HERs. These changes have combined to enable more effective development management and public participation in identifying heritage and the risk to it.
Three key areas will be reviewed:
Interaction of national planning policy and current legislative provisions (1990 Planning (LB and CA) and 1979 AMAA Acts; NPPF and Localism Act) and current guidance and best practice at national and local scales
Variations in the use and effectiveness of statutory and non-statutory heritage lists in managing heritage through the planning system across and within English regions
Innovative approaches to user-generated content and participative engagement in planning and asset management (looking across the UK as well as England).
Within that context, the specific objectives of the research are to:
(1) gather and critically examine new understandings of how the balance and distinctions between ‘national’ and ‘local’, ‘expert’ and ‘grass-roots’ views of significance, and designated and non-designated heritage assets are changing;
(2) reassess innovation in policy and practice since 2010 (including the legacy of the MPP), and
(3) seek a fresh perspective on the direction of travel for heritage asset management, within and beyond statutory listing.
Through the HE supervisor and the University of York supervisorial team, access will be arranged to both a rich documentary archive related to designation policy and practice over the last two decades, and to many of the actors responsible for shaping and enacting those policies and practices in local and national designation contexts and recent and current projects. These archives-based and ethnographic perspectives form the foundations of the project, reflecting critically on analysis of past and present practice to inform forward looking policies.
- Applicants should hold a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s Degree and ideally have, or expect to receive, a relevant Masters-level qualification at Distinction level, or be able to demonstrate advanced research skills. Relevant disciplines are flexible and include Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Heritage Management, Heritage Conservation, Historic Environment Studies.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the heritage sector and/or the built environment.
- Full-time registration is preferred for this studentship but applicants for part time study will also be considered
- As a collaborative award, students will be expected to spend time at the University of York, at Historic England in York and in London /Swindon, and at agreed case-study areas in England. Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students.
- Starts October 1st 2016
- 3.5 year award (including a 6 month structured placement at Historic England)
- Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The value of the stipend is yet to be confirmed, however for 2016/17 it is likely to be £14,296 plus an additional £550 stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students.
- An additional £2000 p.a. allowance is available from Historic England to cover research expenses.
How to apply:
- To apply for this studentship please submit an online application for a PhD in Conservation Studies at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/all
- Applicants should also attach a 500 word (1 page) description of their relevant experience and interest in the research field.
- In your on-line application, please quote ‘Beyond the List CDP studentship’ in the section on ‘How studies will be funded.
For further information you may contact :
Dr Gill Chitty gill.chitty [at] york.ac.uk or Prof John Schofield john.schofield [at] york.ac.uk, Department of Archaeology, University of York or
Dr Joseph Flatman, Joseph.Flatman [at] HistoricEngland.org.uk , Head of Central Casework and Programmes, Listing Group, Historic England
Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter. This will separate from an offer of admission to the University for PhD study and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.