Staff members and guest lecturers are stimulated to perform research in order to contribute towards building a fundamental theoretical framework for conservation and restoration research. Since conservation and restoration as an academic discipline has only existed for a short while in the Netherlands and abroad, such a framework and reflections upon it are still very much under development. This section presents a broad range of conservation and restoration related research. PhD research conducted from 2005 onwards – often by staff members – is listed in the section PhD.
Often contributions to conservation and restoration research projects are not the result of solitary effort but have been initiated and stimulated by broad networks, commonly grouped by a conservation specialisation. The Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage department of the UvA participates as a partner in several research groups and highly stimulates individual participation in such networks. Indeed, many of the staff members already take part in several worldwide networks and research groups. See also: Partnerships.
In order to contribute to transparency within the field of conservation and restoration research, we present a selection of current and past research projects of UvA conservation and restoration teachers and affiliates on this website. In many cases Master’s students and especially Post-Master’s trainees participate in these research projects.