Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development in Jordan

This Newton-Khalidi funding call is for collaborative UK-Jordan research projects exploring the role of cultural heritage in delivering sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Jordan.

This call is delivered in the context of growing international concerns about the threats that modern society poses to cultural heritage. This heritage is essential in enabling societies to connect with their histories and traditions and as a driver of growth, employment and prosperity. There is also an urgent need to enhance understandings about the role of culture (languages, histories, the arts etc) in building social cohesion. Jordan has a rich cultural heritage and is home to some of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. It also faces significant contemporary challenges, including the integration of large refugee populations.

The call has been developed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (AHRC) with support from the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It has also been informed by a scoping workshop (PDF, 128KB) which took place at the Jordan Museum, Amman in June.

Funding of up to £250,000 (full economic cost) on the UK side, plus matched resource from Jordanian partners, is available for projects of 24-36 months duration. Projects are required to address one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • Re-writing the history of Jordan through script analysis, historical documents and archaeological discoveries
  • Digitisation and the use of technology in the interpretation, presentation and restoration of cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage and sustainable growth
  • Museums and community engagement