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The Department of Conservation’s areas of research span a broad field of knowledge and issues relating to the planning and operation of practices in order to preserve, conserve, restore and develop objects, buildings, parks, landscapes – i.e. the built environment in large. The department’s organizational strategy brings different competences within the field of heritage conservation together in a single department.

We conduct our research along thematic cross-disciplinary lines to develop a complex understanding of the processes that influence cultural objects and their contexts. Our task is to understand, explain, evaluate, and reflect, but also to create better professional and societal practice. Our research spans perspectives from the humanities to the social sciences and natural sciences, including the practical skills of conservators and craftspersons.

The department’s research is primarily organised through a number of small and large projects following one or more thematic orientations. Research questions of strategic nature are discussed.

The research is mainly organized in a number of major projects or research directions, which basically follow one or more themes. Research questions of principle and strategic nature are discussed within the research faculty, with Anneli Palmsköld as convenor.

The research at the department has previously been organised in three main areas: Built Environment (klickbar), Objects conservation (klickbar) and Crafts (klickbar). These have represented important strategic directions for research. The department’s research can grouped in crossing themes between the strategic directions, and are described in the groups below. In each group the persons involved are presented and through their individual web pages, information on current research is presented.


Urban issues
Landscape issues
Buildings and built Environments
Objects conservation and material questions
Craft and design
Overarching themes 

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