Heritage values reflect the structure and history of every society, and evolve with them. This is even more true in our times, characterized by large migratory processes, diasporas and flows of refugees. How can the Convention effectively embrace diversity, and help counter the resurgence of nationalisms and hatred? How is gender equality effectively promoted in the life of the Convention, from decision-making processes to management and conservation at all levels? How can the Convention facilitate access to heritage for every member of society? How can heritage help to address poverty and unemployment among young people? How can World Heritage better connect and inspire youth and embody principles of intergenerational justice?
To be announced soon!
Sophia Labadi, CoordinatorUniversity of Kent
Professor Sophia Labadi’s academic background includes degrees in Heritage Studies (PhD and MA) and Political Sciences (BA). She is currently an AHRC Leadership Fellow (2019-2020), researching why heritage was marginalised from the Sustainable Development Goals. Much of Sophia's research has focused on how heritage sites and museums can address some of the most pressing global challenges, including social justice, gender equality or sustainable development. Her research is nourished by her previous experiences as consultant for international organisations.
Tokie Laotan-Brown, Co-ConvenerMerging Ecologies
Dr. Tokie Laotan-Brown works as a heritage architect and cultural economist with Merging Ecologies. She is an Executive Committee Member for the Association Critical Heritage Studies; an associate member of the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU); the expert voting member of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL) – representing Nigeria and Ireland; and a member of the ISCCL Africa Working Group. She holds a joint PhD in economics and techniques in the conservation of architectural and environmental heritage with the University of Nova Gorica and Universita luav di Venezia in Italy.
Loes Veldpaus, Co-ConvenerUniversity of Newcastle
Dr. Loes Veldpaus is a Senior Researcher in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (UK) and a member of the Centre for Heritage. Before, she was an adjunct lecturer and research assistant as the Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) where she also obtained her PhD (2015). She is the lead researcher on OpenHeritage (2018-2022), looking at the practices, processes, and policies of adaptive heritage re-use across Europe. The questions driving her research, are around understandings of the political nature of heritage, and what people think heritage is and does. She looks at how principal actors in heritage, planning, and design perceive their own roles and responsibilities, as well as the roles and agencies of the buildings, policies, and practices. Building on these understandings, she uses intersectional feminist thought to explore new theoretical avenues and framings to change practices and reimagine heritage planning.