Heritage Research Group
We are a research group of 13 academic staff, who also teach on ATU’s undergraduate courses at the Galway, CCAM and Mayo campuses of ATU.
Our group has wide-ranging expertise in the principal forms of cultural heritage – intangible, tangible, natural, and digital. We are particularly interested in the practical application and use of the past in the present.
We also conduct research in collaboration with various partners and clients in the cultural heritage, historic environment and tourism industries/sectors. Research questions are explored with a critical mind and a creative spirit.
We are committed to the provision of postgraduate education for those who wish to train for rewarding careers in the above-mentioned areas. Amongst our members are postgraduate students, who are conducting research for their MA and PhD theses.
Since 2001, 17 candidates have been supervised to completion in postgraduate research degree programmes in the discipline area of Heritage Studies (i.e. four PhDs, 12 MAs, and one MSc).
In the academic year 2018–2019, the number of registered postgraduates in Heritage Studies stands at eight – comprising three PhD and five MA candidates.
In our explorations of cultural heritage, we are committed to servicing the research needs of agencies, citizens, civic bodies, communities, government departments, heritage businesses, local authorities, museums, professional bodies, and visitor attractions.
Dr Mark McCarthy
Senior Lecturer and Programme Chair in Heritage Studies
Department of Heritage and Tourism
Galway International Hotel School
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Tel: +353 91 742411