Environmental Humanities for a Concerned Europe, ENHANCE
Environmental Humanities is a relatively new but rapidly expanding field that complements environmental science and public policy by focusing on the cultural, historical, and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. The field has attracted several interdisciplinary research networks linking academic partners in Europe as well as in the two countries that have led the way so far, Australia and the US. At present, however, there is no single training programme designed to provide analytical and complementary skills to inexperienced researchers across Europe in this research area; nor is there a coordinated European network whose explicit purpose is to build links between humanities-based research and the work of associated partners in those green businesses, sustainable industries, and cultural and environmental organisations that are committed to finding new ways of addressing ecological issues and managing technological change.
ENHANCE will do both of these things by joining the forces of four European centres of expertise in Environmental Humanities – the University of Leeds (UL), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich (LMU), the Deutsches Museum, Munich (DM), and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (KTH) – and by providing intersectoral training that will lead to career pathways through several related areas, including environmental consultancy, research and development, museum and heritage management, green business, sustainable technologies, media and communications industries, and not-for-profit work.
The network’s five intersectoral Associated Partners (APs) – Yorkshire Water, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Stiftung Bündnis Mensch & Tier, Sveriges Radio, and the Capannori Research Center for Zero Waste (CRRZ) – will contribute to and benefit from the research programme through secondments that integrate cultural, historical, and ethical understanding of relevant environmental issues with public, third sector, and industry interests. ENHANCE will also contribute to European policy on environmental adaptation, with a particular emphasis on minimizing risks from climatic change and conserving cultural and environmental heritage.