Posted on 23 April 2012
The Department has appointed Dr Gill Chitty, who has worked previously with the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and as an independent heritage consultant. Gill comes to York with a wealth of relevant experience, and will bring energy, commitment and an innovative approach to the role. Her personal research interests are in the evolution of conservation philosophy and applied practices, particularly in relation to adaptation for climate change and sustainability policies, and in conservation as a citizen-centred enterprise. She will lead the continued growth of a research group in Conservation Studies.
Dr Chitty says: ‘It is a privilege for me to join York’s internationally-renowned Conservation Studies postgraduate programme. For decades it has equipped practitioners to engage critically with conservation principles and with practical solutions to contemporary conservation issues. Above all, York offers an unrivalled, multi-disciplinary, collaborative research environment with a PhD in Conservation Studies. These outstanding qualities will remain central, as we articulate global concern with sustainability, innovative practice for traditional and modern built structures, and new approaches in international conservation.’