Research

NIKU’s research addresses issues and problems related to the whole thematic scope of the institute. The activities range from larger research programmes to smaller, focused projects. Many of the projects are conducted in cooperation with other research institutions, both in Norway and abroad. In the following, research projects are presented.

Green Urban Spaces - the role of the cemetery in multicultural and inter-religious urban contexts

Green Urban Spaces - the role of the cemetery in multicultural and inter-religious urban contexts

The objectives are to analyse what role cemeteries fill today as cultural heritage, public space and spaces of belief in a multicultural and inter-religious urban context and to investigate to what extent such cemeteries are used for other purposes than intended and whether potential new use represents conflicting interests between different user groups as well as current management guidelines. The project will also investigate new forms of use which ensure satisfactory safeguarding of cultural heritage and communicate with the various requirements of the city dwellers.

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Assessing, measuring and prioritizing heritage value

Assessing, measuring and prioritizing heritage value

Workshop on assessing, measuring and prioritizing heritage value in Oslo this October.

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NIKU participate in The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage

NIKU participate in The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on Cultural Heritage

The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) are together with University College London, University of Leiden and University of Barcelona running a JPI called Heritage Values (acronym H@V). The project is financed through the EU programme JPI on Cultural Heritage.
NIKU is partisipating in two projects:

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Cultural Heritage in Polar Regions (CULPOL)

Cultural Heritage in Polar Regions (CULPOL)

Natural and human impact on cultural heritage sites and environments. The research project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s programme POLARPROG. The project period is from 1st June 2013 to 31st May 2016.

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LAND: The post-medieval archaeological resource in and around Norwegian towns

LAND: The post-medieval archaeological resource in and around Norwegian towns

The project aims to enhance the knowledge base for long-term cohesive use and management of the urban landscape and buried archaeological resource associated with Norwegian towns of the post-medieval period. In Norway archaeological deposits which accumulated in urban centres following the Reformation (1536/37) have no legal protection.

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Sustainable Transport - Drivers, Change, Impacts, Policies

Transport is a key area for environmental policy as it is still 95 percent carbon based and persistently responsible for a serious growth in and an increasing share of greenhouse gas emissions (Denis&Urry 2008, EEA 2010). While increased mobility has enabled us to travel more over longer distances, it continues to be followed by substantial daily welfare loss with congestion, noise and air pollution (McGlade 2009). Furthermore, land is under continuous pressure when transport infrastructure causes barrier effects and habitat fragmentation.

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In Situ Site Preservation of Archaeological Remains in the Unsaturated Zone

In Situ Site Preservation of Archaeological Remains in the Unsaturated Zone

International treaties and conventions are designed to protect the archaeological heritage as a source of the European collective memory and as an instrument for historical and scientific study. E.g. the Valletta treaty (Council of Europe, 1992) also calls for preservation of the archaeological heritage in situ.

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The use of advanced technology: understanding, preservation and management of cultural heritage

The use of advanced technology: understanding, preservation and management of cultural heritage

This project will explore and implement new possibilities for knowledge-driven management of cultural heritage through the use of advanced technology and methods. The objective is to gain insight into methodological, practical and theoretical implications the use of non-destructive methods bring forward in relation to cultural heritage issues and to adapt and further develop a range of these techniques and methods with the purpose of improving research and management of cultural heritage. The project will increase knowledge in this field for the benefit of cultural heritage research and management.

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Cultural heritage: Negotiations, policy & practice

Cultural heritage represents a manifest and important field of interaction between past and present. Successful policies and practises of heritage management require genuine knowledge and understanding of how and why these values have been constituted, and of how and why they are continuously negotiated and redefined along with other changes in contemporary society. This on-going process is shaped by impacts from a variety of value systems, economic, social and cultural and from domestic political directives as well as from international conventions, treaties and directives.

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