RICH was established by a group of
researchers in DIT who have been working on culture and heritage research projects in fields
including architectural heritage, assistive technology, language, tourism, culture and sustainable development for several years. A substantial number of research projects have also been carried out for government bodies, professional associations, commercial networks and tourism organisations. The researchers in this cross-faculty institute have also made a number of presentations on cultural heritage issues at national and international conferences and workshops.
comprises a partnership of researchers from three faculties within the DIT: the Faculty of Applied Arts (FoAA), the Faculty of Tourism and Food (FoTF) and the Faculty of the Built Environment (F0BE). It also incorporates researchers from a number of research centres associated with these faculties, specifically the Digital Media Centre (DMC), the Tourism Research Centre (TRC) and the Futures Academy (FA).
The members of RICH are currently engaged in furthering these aims through a range of activities that include delivering MSc programmes, developing postgraduate research, collaborating with public agencies and industry in a range of collaborative research projects, producing a range of academic and professional publications, and devising a range of initiatives that encourage cross-disciplinary collaborative research in culture & heritage related areas.
By synergising research effort within DIT in the area of culture and heritage and by formalising the structure of the group, RICH seeks to develop a significant national reputation as a research centre of excellence in the area of culture and heritage, capable of attracting serious funding for projects both nationally and internationally.