Martin Høybye - New PhD at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies

Martin will be investigating life at ground zeros of climate change with a particular focus on water as heritage.

27.06.2018 | Camilla Dimke

I am enrolled in the Sustainable Heritage Management program at Aarhus University, and as of June 18th, I have joined the School of Culture and Society, Archaeology and Heritage Studies, as a PhD student with Associate Professor Nick Shepherd as main supervisor.

During a seminar in March of 2018 I witnessed effects of climate change in Cape Town, South Africa, after years of drought leading to the current water crisis. I believe it offered a glimpse into what the future of the Anthropocene era might look like in other places of the world. The PhD study aims to uncover strategies developed in such survivalist conditions, what people dream of and hope for, adding to the conversation of how we across cultures, disciplines and borders can come up with creative responses to the environmental, social, cultural, and economic repercussions rapid climate change brings. This further involves investigating ways of articulating the challenges of climate change in ways that may counter the tendency to switch off in the face of gloomy and overwhelming headlines.

Prior to studying Sustainable Heritage Management, I have been a journalist, social worker and artist, working in fields connected to social and cultural sustainability. I will be using my training in Sustainable Heritage Management as well as my previous work experience in the PhD study.

Contact information:

Martin Høybye
School of Culture and Society-Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Moesgård Allé 20
8270 Højbjerg