Current news and events


As one of the most active Environment, Heritage and Policy Centres in the UK we are constantly creating and initiating new research projects as well as getting involved in related activities. Essential news of these and details of forthcoming events can be found in this section, as well as information about some of our past activities. Please feel free to contact us individually for further information about anything that interests you. 

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1 September to 23 October 2017 - Tracy Ireland, Visiting Fellow from Canberra

Dr Tracy Ireland, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage at the University of Canberra, is Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy from 1 September to 23 October 2017. Tracy is Head of the Discipline of Creative and Cultural Practice at Canberra and teaches in its Heritage, Museums and Conservation Programme, the oldest programme of its kind in Australia, commencing in 1978. Tracy’s research has focused on heritage and historical archaeology in colonial contexts, and how the material past is used and valued through discourses of modernity, nationalism, post and neo-colonialism. She will review some of this research in her seminar ‘Up Close and Personal’ on 19 September. While at Stirling Tracy will collaborate with Professor Sian Jones exploring the intersection of social values, archaeological values and digital heritage methods and techniques. After her Fellowship at Stirling Tracy will undertake fieldwork in Cyprus relating to this project focusing on Ottoman period ruins in the Troodos Mountains, before returning to Australia. Tracy also works on aviation heritage and cultures and in 2018 will lead a major three-year ARC Linkage project called ‘Heritage of the Air; how aviation transformed Australia’ partnering with Airservices Australia, the National Museum of Australia, Queensland Museum, San Francisco Museum and a range of community groups. 

Tracy Ireland photo

1-2 September 2017 - Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage

The inaugural international conference on Global Challenges in Cultural Heritage took place at the University of Stirling and the Engine Shed in Stirling from 1-2 September 2017. This celebrated the newly formed partnership between the University of Stirling, The Palace Museum in Beijing and Historic Environment Scotland. Further details here

26 July 2017 - former MSc student awarded PhD position

Sophie McDonald (graduated from MSc Environment, Heritage and Policy in 2016) has been awarded a PhD position at Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, under the supervision of Dr Derek Hamilton. She will work on Scottish Upland Expansion in the Bronze Age. Well done Sophie!

30 May 2017 - Historic Environment Scotland Director appointed as Honorary Professor

Dr David Mitchell has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. David is Director of Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body for the historic environment in Scotland where he is responsible for the conservation of over 300 iconic heritage sites and collections, and for technical and scientific research, climate change and the Engine Shed in Stirling, Scotland’s building conservation centre which will open in 2017. David has degrees from the University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh. His particular areas of interest relate to technical conservation, industrial heritage and history and the application of digital technologies in the heritage sector.

He said:

I am honoured to be appointed to this role at the university where I started my career and in my home town. This is an exciting time to be involved in the heritage sector in Scotland as we face a broad range of challenges and opportunities. Research and education underpins all that I do in my role at Historic Environment Scotland, and I look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with colleagues at the University.

Prof Richard Oram, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of Medieval and Environmental History said:

David comes into the team at Stirling at a hugely exciting time for Heritage Studies at the University.  His unique subject knowledge and sectoral experience adds breadth and depth to our specialist interdisciplinary research and teaching in heritage conservation and interpretation, and strengthens the existing partnership between HES and the University with The Forbidden City in Beijing.  My colleagues and I look forward to working with David on research projects that will confirm HES and the University as world leaders in heritage conservation.

14 May 2017 - evidence delivered to Scottish Parliament

Dr Annalisa Savaresi (Law and Philosophy) and Professor Gavin Little (Law and Philosophy) gave evidence on the impact of Brexit on environmental protection in Scotland at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on 14 March 2017. See recording of the meeting on the Parliament's live streaming channel:

19-20 April 2017: Conference - Connecting with a low-carbon future

Connecting with a low-carbon future – the challenges for the arts and humanities

Save the dates - call for papers  - register

This conference is part of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network in the Arts and Humanities Connecting with a low-carbon Scotland, and is hosted by the University of Stirling Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy(CEHP).

If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract of up to 250 words to by 24 March 2017. It is possible that conference presentations may be published in an edited monograph collection of essays of 6000 – 8000 words. If you are interested in this, please contact Professor Gavin Little at by 1 February 2017.

In addition to the Project page, you can download full details here - Connecting with a low-carbon future conference.

February 2017 - two MSc students awarded bursaries

Environment, Heritage and Protection students Julieann McHale and Liam Boyle have both been successful, after interview, in being awarded £500 bursaries from the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, match-funded by the University of Stirling Faculty of Arts and Humanities and History and Politics Division.

25 January 2017 - Heritage and Conservation Seminar

Current issues in heritage and conservation: challenges and opportunities

Sponsored by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy at the University of Stirling, this free half-day seminar was attended by up to 70 University of Stirling students and staff, and heritage professionals, mainly members of the CIfA. 

Leading practitioners (see below) exploree current issues in heritage and conservation:

Susan Bain (Western Isles Manager, National Trust for Scotland), St Kilda: find the balance. Managing a natural and cultural World Heritage Site

Sue Walker (Communications Officer, Inner Forth Landscape Initiative), The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: the importance of forging links between natural and cultural heritage

Ian Riches (Archivist, National Trust for Scotland), NTS historic property archives – challenges and opportunities

Fiona Fleming (Interpretation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland), Stories in Stone

Dr Ewan Hyslop (Head of Technical Research & Science), Climate change and the historic environment

Euan Leitch (Director, Built Environment Forum Scotland), Heritage rhetoric vs heritage policy

Dr Ann MacSween (Head of Strategic Heritage Management, Historic Environment Scotland), Managing change in the historic environment: what is a sustainable outcome?


9 Jan 2017 - Launch of The Archers in Fact and Fiction

Co-edited by the Centre's Dr Peter Matthews, with Dr Cara Courage and Dr Nicola Headlam, The Archers in Fact and Fiction: Academic Analyse of Life in Rural Borsetshire, is now available from all good bookshops for £22.99 (ISBN 978-1-78707-119-3). 

If you have ever wondered about the ethical implications of Dr Richard Locke’s affair with Shula Hebden Lloyd, or whether the ergonomic design of tractor seats could have prevented Tony Archer from getting a bad back, then this book is for you. Leading academics from across the United Kingdom use storylines from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers to examine life in rural Borsetshire, bringing their academic research to new audiences. Is Lynda Snell a middle-class warrior? Can Rob Titchener be compared to Iago? The irreverent but thought-provoking contributions will have you laughing and thinking.

On 9 January, Dr Matthews presented the book to the pleasure of Archers fans (and others) at John Smith's bookshop at the University of Stirling - but only after first listening to the Monday repeat of Sunday's broadcast, of course. 

15 Dec 2016: Brexit, environmental law and Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe

A report was released today about environmental law implications of Brexit for the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe, co-ordinated by the Centre's Dr Annalisa Savaresi. See

25 November 2016 - Graduation of MSc students

Sophie McDonald (photographer), Niamh O'Driscoll and Joanna Turska celebrate their graduation from the Environment,  Heritage and Policy MSc at the University of Stirling. Sophie is now Digital Content Officer at Historic Environment Scotland's Engine Shed in Edinburgh, Niamh has joined Scottish Natural Heritage, and Joanna continues to work for National Trust Scotland. Duncan Scott (class of 2014-15) has moved from Historic Environment Scotland to the National Railway Museum in York, where he has a permanent job as a 'diligent explainer'. Congratulations to all!

23 November 2016 - articles on environmental protection in Scotland and Brexit

The Centre's Dr Annalisa Savarisi contribute to two articles published in the Herald this week: Addressing issues of enforcement and addressing air pollution litigation

23 September 2016 - Anna Savaresi at Take Action Festival, Edinburgh

The Centre's Dr Anna Savaresi was a discussant at the film Fractured Land, presented at the Take Action Festival in Edinburgh. See details at

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