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Dr Qian Gao

Anniversary Fellow

History University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Qian Gao

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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Heritage at the University of Stirling. I have a MA in archaeology from Durham University (UK) and PhD in cultural heritage management from the University of Barcelona (Spain). My doctoral project, “World Heritage, Archaeological Tourism and Social Value in China”, fully-funded for three years by AGAUR, the Government of Catalonia, explored the complex relationship between UNESCO World Heritage designation, tourism development, and the social values attributed to archaeological sites by local communities, in the context of contemporary China.

My current research primarily focuses on the inter-relationships between the management, conservation and presentation of heritage sites in contemporary societies, as well as the integration of ‘humanistic’ and ‘scientific’ approaches in heritage studies. I am currently undertaking a three-year Anniversary Fellowship funded by the University of Stirling, with a research project titled “Values Beyond Boundaries: Heritage in a climate change(d) and digitised world.” The project is an innovative study aiming to achieve advanced understandings of the social values attributed to heritage in contemporary societies under the influence of climate change, scientific interventions and digital visualisation technologies. With a focus on the rock-based heritage sites in China and the UK, the project uses a series of methods crosscutting humanities and sciences to generate cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural comparisons. The study provides fundamental insights to facilitate evidence-based decision-making in heritage practices and policies.

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