Managing risk to our heritage is a complex task, which needs to deal with an enormous variety of objects (we focus on tangible heritage, i.e. objects and buildings in particular), with tremendous variety in history, style, age, art and culture. People have very different values and agendas, which can sometimes clash. One area, for example, to consider is the potential impact of well meaning, but insensitively applied, risk management of otherwise worthy agendas such as safety or disabled access to heritage buildings (more here).
The main focus of Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management research has been on a number of aspects of the effects of air pollution on the built cultural heritage. In addition to scientific research, focussing especially on soiling by particulate matter, the work has also considered development of sound economic appraisal of the costs associated with pollution damage, building on considerations of the methods for estimating the stock at risk.
The research is in detail in a book by John Watt, Johann Tidblad, Vladimir Kucera and Ron Hamilton entitled