Heritage studies research group

The Heritage studies research group conducts multidisciplinary research into the spatial dimensions of heritage in the cultural landscape. Historical geographers, landscape archaeologists, historians of cultural and architecture and heritage specialists explore history, historical layering and the biography of landscape. Our researchers focus on the heritage of war and conflict (‘terrorscapes’) and World heritage and are always looking to communicate with designers, urban planning specialists and landscape architects.

Teaching
Our researchers all participate in heritage teaching in the master’s programme Heritage Studies, a unique programme in the Netherlands and the rest of the world.

Focus areas/ methods
By combining innovative historical research of the Dutch situation and by confronting international scientific approaches, the research group has established a clear profile.

Institutional embedding
The research group is a part of the interdisciplinary research institute CLUE+.
Joint publications:

  • 'Geschiedenis en ontwerp. Handboek voor de omgang met cultureel erfgoed' (2010, eds Koos Bosma and Jan Kolen)
  • Companion to European Heritage Revivals (2014, eds Linde Egberts and Koos Bosma)
  • The series Landscape and Heritage Studies (Amsterdam University Press). 

Projects

Our current research projects include: 

Heritage studies staff members

Professors and academic staff
Prof.Hans Renes, professor of Heritage and Space
Prof. Nico Roymans, professor of the North-West European Archaeology
Prof. Gert-Jan Burgers, professor of Mediterranean Archaeology; director of the CLUE+ research institute
Dr Linde Egberts, lecturer
Dr Freek Schmidt, senior lecturer; interim chair in the history of architecture and heritage studies

Endowed professors
Prof.Rob van der Laarse, endowed professor of War heritage (Westerbork chair)
Prof. Jos Bazelmans, endowed professor of Archaeological monument care

PhD
Max van der Schriek (NWO), Buried Landscapes of War.The archaeology and heritage of the Second World. Supervisors: prof.dr. N. Roymans, prof.dr. J. Kolen (UL), prof R. van de Laarse 
Ir. Harmilyanti Sulistyani

External PhD candidates
Johan Daamen, De Tielerwaard in de twintigste eeuw, Supervisor: Prof. J. Renes
Jan van Doesburg, De archeologie van middeleeuwse kastelen in Zuidoost Utrecht. Supervisor: Prof. J. Renes
Mireille Dosker, Erfgoed en natuurbeheer, Supervisor: prof. J. Renes
Marc Jansen, Functieverandering in de Utrechtse binnenstad. Supervisor: prof. J. Renes; co-supervisors dr. R. de Bruin, dr. C. Lesger (UvA)
Els van der Laan, Legenda van de landschapsstijl. Supervisor: prof. E. Luiten (TUD), co-promotor: prof. J. Renes
Willem Overmars, Oude kaarten en rivierverleggingen. Supervisors: prof. J. Renes, prof. G. Borger (em VU)
Michiel Purmer, Landschap bij Natuurmonumenten, Supervisors: prof. J. Renes, prof. J. Kolen
Jeroen Saris, Stedelijke herontwikkeling, Supervisors: prof. J. Renes, prof. J. Rouwendal
Martijn Storms, Historische kaartboeken, Supervisors: prof. em. Günther Schilder, prof. J. Renes
Martti Veldi, Landscape and heritage Estonia, Supervisors: prof. J. Kolen, co-promotor: prof. J. Renes
Maarten Vieveen, Paradigm shift heritage, Supervisors: prof. J. Janssen (WUR), prof. J. Renes, co-promotor: dr. Mieke Oostra
Sophie Visser, GIS en historische landschappen, Supervisor: prof. J. Renes
Martin Woestenburg, Voedsellandschappen Europa, Supervisors: prof. J. Renes, prof. H. Wiskerke
Nan Xiang, Historical geography European delta’s, Supervisor: prof. J. Renes
Xiaolin Zang, Urban heritage Qingdao, Supervisors: prof. J. Renes, co-promotor: dr. Bouke van Gorp