Cathy’s research consultancy has focussed on the intersection of climate change and cultural heritage. This ranges from helping owners/managers understand climate change vulnerabilities at specific sites, to adaptation planning aimed at ensuring resilience under future climate conditions.
In 2016 Cathy was commissioned to undertake desktop-research and write a report for the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs of Ireland. This report, Archaeological and Built Heritage Climate Adaptation Sectoral Plan was completed in 2017 with the aim of informing future policy development.
In 2018 the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht invited tenders for the provision of services for the preparation of a Climate Change Adaptation Sectoral Plan for the Built and Archaeological Heritage as part of the National Adaptation Plan. The University of Lincoln (as lead research partner) together with lead partner Carrig Conservation Ltd., and the Irish Green Building Council, were successful in winning this tender. Work commenced in October 2018, with Cathy the lead researcher on the project. The delivery of the adaptation plan has required desk top research, consultation with experts and implementers, and two stakeholder workshops.