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Sustainable heritage management in contemporary China

Tam, Lui ORCID: 2022. Sustainable heritage management in contemporary China. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This PhD research aims to establish an interdisciplinary interrogation of heritage and sustainability. It investigates how these two concepts may be understood under a coherent theoretical framework, how they are debated in academic and public discourse, and how they are practised in complex contexts, focusing on heritage management in China. One of the research objectives is to bridge the gap between theoretical reflections and practice in the heritage field. This initiative emerges in response to the disconnections between the recent critical turn of Heritage Studies and heritage practices. One of these disconnections lies in the challenges of translating these academic critiques and critical approaches into operable methods to inform heritage practices, policies, strategies, and decision-making. Therefore, this PhD research concerns a re-conceptualisation of heritage and sustainability through theoretical exploration and empirical studies and developing research and practical methods to tackle these disconnections. The research outcomes demonstrate original contributions to knowledge on three levels. First, a theoretical framework is established to conceptualise heritage and sustainability’s relational, multi-deterministic, and dynamic nature. Second, a more holistic understanding of the case studies, a group of heritage sites with pre-14th century timber buildings in Shanxi Province, China, is obtained by implementing such a framework and the relevant methodology and methods. Third, the theoretical framework is developed into a versatile methodology and set of methods that can be applied in practice to understand, assess, and facilitate sustainable heritage management. The theoretical framework and approach developed in this PhD research, namely the Relational Morphostasis /Morphogenesis (M/M) approach and its relevant set of methods, are conceptually versatile to be adopted in various scales and contexts. They can be refined and adapted for application in other heritage types, from policy and strategy making to specific project evaluation through further empirical testing and investigation

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Uncontrolled Keywords: China Sustainability heritage
Funders: Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship and WSA studentship
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 September 2022
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:00

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