University of Gothenburg

Doctoral students at the Department of Conservation

Here you find current doctoral students at the Department and breif information about their work.

Heidi Åberg Berthelsen

In her PhD project, Heidi Åberg Berthelsen is investigating the conservation of the textile ecclesiastical cultural heritage. The ecclesiastical objects are owned and used by the Church of Sweden. The Church of Sweden also manages these objects as a common cultural heritage. The ecclesiastical objects are both a part of the material and immaterial cultural heritage. By investigating the circumstances around the objects in the church, methods of conservation and attitudes towards the conservation of objects in use, Heidi hopes to find how the methods for conservation of the ecclesiastical textiles operate. Heidi has worked for several years with practical conservation, mainly with ecclesiastical textiles.

Portrait of Heidi Åberg Berthelsen, photo.
Photo: Heidi Åberg Berthelsen

Géraldine Brun

Doctoral student in sustainable building

Géraldine Brun’s PhD project has its roots in traditional building constructions with wood in cold climates. The project is based on the assumption that knowledge from our past generations can be of interest in our quest for a sustainable future. Building with wood is an invitation to eco-responsible construction and our previous knowledge of properties of wood can influence both design and building practices, as well as forest management and wooden buildings maintenance today. By analysing data from case studies and practical tests, the PhD project aims to result in concrete guidelines for using pre-industrial techniques in the context of the present buildings regulations.

Portrait of Géraldine Brun, photo.
Photo: Géraldine Brun

Maitri Dore

Doctoral student within the HERILAND College of Heritage Planning.

 In her PhD project, Maitri Dore attempts to understand the role of built heritage in transport infrastructure projects. Through the West Link railway extension in Gothenburg and the Mumbai Metro in Mumbai, Maitri research the extent to which the historical built environment is integrated with the proposed built environment, and how various actors approach heritage when it is faced with such major urban transformation. Maitri is interested in how the specific socio-political and historical contexts of Sweden and India shape actors’ attitudes to heritage in these projects.

Portrait of Maitri Dore

Moniek Driesse

In her PhD project on heritage of water in Mexico City and Gothenburg, Moniek Driesse seeks to reconcile large-scale and long-term narrative lines with everyday subjective meaning-making processes. Her project follows waters through the two cities, and, in doing so, navigates physical and mental urban maps with attention to sacrificed, forgotten and hidden places, humans and beyond-humans.

Portrait, Moniek Driesse.
Photo: Moniek Driesse

Rebecca Staats

Doctoral student within the HERILAND College of Heritage Planning.

Rebecca Staats’ PhD research explores what can be learned from working at the intersection between heritage studies, place branding and planning. Through a transdisciplinary approach, Rebecca seeks to evaluate current practice in these fields and understand the role of heritage in place management strategies. A core component of her research is to draw greater connections between theory and practice, and to contribute to a framework for sustainable place management. Rebecca’s PhD project is part of the EU funded Marie-Curie HERILAND College of Heritage Planning.

Portrait Rebecca Staats

Lars Nylander

Industry-Based Post-Graduate Student since 2018

Eighteenth century painting of fixtures and fittings in rural Hälsingland, where painting in farms and churches is studied. The painters Paul Hallberg in Hudiksvall and Jonas Hertman in Bollnäs, their networks and completed works that can be linked to each group of painters are at the focus of the study. The aim is to reconstruct the context of the physical paintings in order to see the context in which they were produced and how they have been passed down from generation to generation. The thesis is planned to be completed in 2023.

Lars Nylander is also an antiquarian at Hälsingland museum (20% of full-time).  The project is financed by the Berit Wallenberg Foundation.

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