The University of Edinburgh – School of History, Classics and Archaeology
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, as part of an GCRF/AHRC-funded research project, Rising from the Depths Network: utilising marine cultural heritage in East Africa to help develop sustainable social, economic and cultural benefits, is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for the final dissemination year (Feb 2021-Feb 2022) of a four year research project.
The Rising from the Depths Network is currently funding 29 projects across in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar looking at the ways in which marine cultural heritage can be harnessed to bring direct benefits to local communities. The project has established a trans-boundary and cross-sector network of arts and humanities-led researchers, government officers, scientists, policy makers, UN officials, NGOs, ICT professionals and specialists working in heritage, infrastructure and the offshore industry, to identify new opportunities and methodologies for protecting and utilising the marine cultural heritage of East Africa to stimulate alternative sources of income, foster local identities, and enhance the value and impact of overseas aid in the marine sector. Information about the project can be found at: http://risingfromthedepths.com.
The persons appointed will be expected to plan and conduct work in close collaboration with the project Co-Is and with project partners in the region. They will have the opportunity to be involved in publications relating to the outputs of the project. The person appointed will be based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and will be expected to work in close collaboration with our University project partners (Roehampton, Bournemouth, Cambridge, Nottingham, Ulster, York and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique) as well as engage with organisations part of the network (including UNESCO, The World Monuments Fund, The British Museum, the British Institute in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association). The person appointed will be expected to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research development and extend their own research portfolio within the broad activity of the network.