Norwegian Institute
for Cultural Heritage Research


The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) is an independent institute for applied research and development and for services within the wider field of Cultural Heritage in Norway and beyond. Their focus is on Cultural Heritage as an asset for society, and work within scales ranging from entire landscapes and cities to individual buildings and objects. NIKU work nationally and internationally with public authorities, other research institutions, international organisations, private enterprises, and NGOs within a variety of fields.


NIKU will lead the development of the Decision Making Model (DMM) for GoGreen, developing processes and tools to incorporate green thinking into different conservation practices.

Joel Taylor

Joel Taylor is a researcher working principally in the fields of heritage studies and conservation. He has published on preventive conservation, sustainable approaches to conservation, conservation theory and decision-making, heritage values, digital humanities, intangible heritage, intergenerational justice, and politics and policy in heritage and conservation.

Prior to joining NIKU in 2020, he was a Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles (2015-2020), where he co-managed the Managing Collection Environments initiative. He has worked at NIKU previously, in the Conservation and Culture & Society departments (2012-2015) as well as the University of Oslo (2011-2012), University College London Institute for Sustainable Heritage (2002-2011), English Heritage (1999-2002), and the National Museums and Galleries of Wales (1997-1999). In these roles, he has worked with anthropologists, archaeologists, chemists, engineers, geographers, philosophers, physicists, and statisticians on a wide variety of research, advisory, and educational projects.

He has a BSc (hons) in Archaeological Conservation and a PhD in conservation (both Cardiff University, UK).