University of Gothenburg

Doctoral students at the Department of Conservation

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

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.

 The PhD thesis How does heritage shape the future city? Reflections from Gothenburg and Mumbai 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

Doctoral student

In her PhD project, Moniek Driesse explores how human orientations in time and space, the phenomenon that Gunnar Olsson calls "cartographic reasoning", are driven by what she has coined the imaginary agency. She mobilises her background in design research and seeks to reconcile large-scale and long-term narrative lines with everyday subjective meaning-making processes. Waters flowing through Mexico City and Gothenburg become the points of “orientation" to look beyond narratives of utilitarian engineering, to “re-member” what enables and sustains urban life, and to create an understanding of cartographic imagination as means to navigate the world with attention for others.

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

Anna Lindgren

The doctoral project Järnvägens gröna kulturarv (Green cultural heritage of railways) focuses on in-depth analysis of the findings of her licentiate thesis Planteringar vid järnvägen. Funktion och organisation under stambanornas första tid, (Gardens and plantations along the tracks. Role and organization during the early years of Swedish State Railways), which was published in spring 2020, and looked into the phasing out of the planting activities that have existed within the Swedish State Railways (SJ).

The doctoral project is a collaboration between the Department of Conservation, the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums and the Swedish Transport Administration. The collaboration project started in 2016 and will continue until 2022.

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Photo: Anneli Karlsson

Robin Gullbrandsson

Industry-Based Post-Graduate Student

This licentiate project, which was started in 2019, focuses on the analysis and interpretation of medieval church roofs in Västergötland and neighbouring districts. It is based on the inventories of medieval roof structures in churches compiled in the past decade. Medieval church roofs represent the oldest wooden structures still standing and in use in Sweden. The focus is on how the material can be grouped and characterised and how it relates to church roofs from the same period in other parts of Europe. The approach is that of a buildings archaeologist, with the physical objects and their context being the main sources for the project. Case studies of selected objects are being carried out in close collaboration with craft researchers and dendrochronologists. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The licentiate project is a collaboration between the Department of Conservation and Västergötland museum. The work is being partially financed by project linked to the Church of Sweden.

Robin Gullbrandsson

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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