Shraddha Bhatawadekar

Born in 1986, Dr. phil., M.A.; Master of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology at Deccan College Post Graduate & Research Institute, Pune; Bachelor (B.A.) of History at Mumbai University; 2009–2013 Professional experience with a conservation office in Mumbai (Development of Nomination Dossiers, Site Management Plans, Conservation Reports, Impact Assessments, Visitor Survey, Analysis & Profile Studies, Tourism Management Plans etc.); for 10 years Heritage Walks & Education Projects in Mumbai for students, tourists and citizens; 2013–2014 The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Junior Research Fellow in Social Sciences; 2015–2016 Nehru-Fulbright Academic & Professional Excellence Fellow at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA; 2016–2017 Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg; from April 2017 Research Associate at the Chair for Architectural Conservation in the DFG Research Training Group "Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings" at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg.

Research Focus: Railway Heritage; Industrial Heritage; World Heritage; Conservation; Cultural Significance;People-centered Approach; Impact Assessment; Site Management Plans. 


Research Projects:

Where Technology meets Living Heritage: Understanding the Significance of Built Railway Heritage in India through a case of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai

Decolonising Museum Narratives: A Comparative Study



Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2023): Transport and Communication as Symbols of Modernity in India: A Cultural Perspective. In: E. Muhidine (Ed.): Indian Architecture in Postcards: A New Perspective on a Modern Heritage, Bielefeld 2023, pp. 107–128.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2021): As Heritage becomes World Heritage: Current Processes of Heritagisation at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai. In: Ess, Julia et al. (Eds.): WerteWandel. Prozesse, Strategien und Konflikte in der gebauten Umwelt, Basel/Berlin 2021, pp. 147–158.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2018): Protection of Rail Heritage in India: Challenges & Opportunities. In: Jamkhedkar A.P. / Aiyer, Indira / Khare, Ambarish (Eds.): Journal of the Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Volume 88 for 2014–2015, Mumbai 2018, pp. 1–16.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2018): Tourism Development at Railway Stations – A Case of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai. In: TICCIH XVII International Congress Proceedings, Santiago, Chile 2018, pp. 891–896.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha / Adhikari, Tejaswini (2018): Railway Heritage and Identity. Interpreting Railways as ‘Third Places’ – A Case of Mumbai. In: Interpret Europe Conference Proceedings, Witzenhausen 2018, pp. 14–21.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2017): Popular Perceptions of Railway Heritage. A Case of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai. In: Manatunga, Anura (Ed.): History of Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture of South Asia,  International Conference Proceedings Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri-Lanka 2017, pp. 195–208.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2017): Heritage Walks: A first step in urban heritage activism in Mumbai. In: Lee, Rachel / Barbé, Diane / Fenk, Anne-Kathrin / Misselwitz, Philipp (Eds.): Things Don’t Really Exist Until You Give Them a Name: Unpacking Urban Heritage, Dar-es-Salaam 2017, pp. 302–309.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2017): People-centered Approach to Cultural Heritage Conservation: Challenges & Opportunities, Case of Caves of Mumbai. In: Vileikis, Ona (Ed.): World Heritage Theory, Policy and Practice International Conference Proceedings. Cottbus: International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V., Cottbus 2017, pp. 238–254. 

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2017): ‘Heritage walks as a tool for engaging youth in heritage’. In: encatcSCHOLAR for lifelong learning on policies and cultural management

, issue#7. European Network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education (ENCATC).

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha / Yedurkar, Chinmay (2016): Role of Heritage Education in Cultural Heritage Conservation’. In: Andrea Macchia et al. (eds.): YOCOCU 2014: Professionals’ Experiences in Cultural Heritage Conservation in America, Europe, and Asia, Cambridge 2016, pp. 9–18.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2014): Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: Values, Significance & Tourism. In: Marwah, Jyoti / Rita Bhambi, Rita (eds.): Heritage Tourism: Marketing Legacy, Delhi 2014, pp. 78–93.

Bhatawadekar, Shraddha (2014): A Legacy That Defines Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. In: Maharashtra Unlimited, Volume 3, Issue 3, Pune 2014, pp. 48–53.



"Shaping of railway architecture in India: A case of Victoria Terminus (now Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus)". 31st Humboldt India Project Workshop, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, 31 January 2020.

"A Railway Station as a Visual Narrative: Understanding the Railway Heritage of India in a Global Context". Transregional Academy 'India and the World: New Arcs of Knowledge', Forum Transregionale Studien and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, in India, 24–30 November 2019.

"Beyond Colonial History & Politics of Heritage: Exploring the Significance of Chharapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, World Heritage Site, Mumbai". Worlds of Cultural Heritage(s): History and Politics, University of Coimbra, Portugal, 7–8 February 2019.

"Manifestations of Heritage & Authority: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (erstwhile Victoria Terminus)". Poster Presentation at 19th Cambridge Heritage Symposium, University of Cambridge, UK, 11–12 May 2018.

“Where Technology meets Living Heritage. Understanding the Significance of Built Railway Heritage in India”. Architectural History Workshop 2018, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, London, England, 17 March 2018.

“Towards Sustainable Future: People-centered Approach to Cultural Heritage Conservation”. Poster Presentation at 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium, New Delhi, India, 11–15 December 2017.

“Heritage Walks as a first step in Urban Heritage Activism in Mumbai: Experiences & Opportunities”. Roundtable Presentation at International Conference Simulizi Mijini / Urban Narratives: Urban Heritage Activism, Technische Universität, Berlin, 16–17 March 2017.

“Cultural Heritage in Sites & Museums in India: Challenges & Opportunities”.  University of Michigan Museum Studies Program Fall 2015 Lecture Series Global Heritage at Risk, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 3 November 2015.

“Heritage Conservation & Management of Protected Monuments in India”. Certificate Course in Archaeology, Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, 24 August 2013.

“Archaeological Resource Management in India”. 3rd International Congress of Society of South Asian Archaeology. University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 20–21 August 2010.

“Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: Values, Significance & Tourism”. International Seminar on Heritage Tourism: Prospects and Challenges, Vashi, Navi Mumbai: 1–2 September 2010.