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Decolonizing climate change–heritage research

Climate change poses a threat to heritage globally. Decolonial approaches to climate change–heritage research and practice can begin to address systemic inequities, recognize the breadth of heritage and strengthen adaptation action globally.

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Fig. 1: Colonial legacies affecting inequities in climate change–heritage research and practice.

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The underlying dataset for Fig. 1a is available open access from the supplemental material in ref. 5, and datasets for Fig. 1b,c from the UNESCO World Heritage List 2021 in ref. 32.


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N.P.S. received financial support from the UK government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada (grant number 109419-001). C.H.T. is supported by the FLAIR Fellowship Programme: a partnership between the African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society funded by the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund. N.K. is supported by the Mapping Africa’s Endangered Archaeological Sites and Monuments project funded by Arcadia — a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. S.S. is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Training Scheme, hosted by Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton.

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N.P.S. and J.C. were responsible for conceptualization and administration of the project; N.P.S., J.C., S.A.O., G.C., B.O., S.F., S.S., N.K., M.R., P.P., S.S.M., P.V.M., N.S., P.M.S., G.W.N., D.C.R. and C.H.T. were responsible for resources and wrote the original draft; N.P.S., J.C., S.A.O., G.C. and B.O. reviewed and edited the manuscript; and C.H.T. was responsible for funding acquisition. N.P.S. and J.C. contributed equally.

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Simpson, N.P., Clarke, J., Orr, S.A. et al. Decolonizing climate change–heritage research. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 210–213 (2022).

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