Dissertation Title:

The Contribution of Community Involvement in Heritage Management


Prof. Leo Schmidt
Prof. Britta Rudolff

Short Bio:

Esraa Alhadad began her Ph.D. in 2016. She graduated from the Guidance Department in the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. In 2015, she received her Master’s degree in Heritage Conservation and Site Management from BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and Helwan University Cairo. During the past five years she has attended several international conferences, workshops and seminars related to heritage management, community involvement, governance and empowerment, tourism development and museum studies in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Since 2015, she has been involved in various heritage management, community involvement and sustainable development projects with different public and private institutions in Egypt, Oman, Netherlands, Romania and Germany, addressing different case studies of both cultural and natural sites. In addition, she has carried out researches in intangible heritage, community governance, capacity building, museum management, tourism development and heritage preservation. Currently, she is working on different research projects in the cultural and socio-economic fields, combining theoretical and practical approaches.

Selected publications:

  • 2019, “Mapping Community’s Culture for Developing Heritage Sites”, Paper submitted and presented in the 6th International Conference of the Heritage Conservation and Site Management, Germany.
  • 2018, “Participatory Local Governance for Sustainable Community Development, Approaches and Actions”, International Conference of "Participatory Governance in Culture: Exploring Practices, Theories and Policies. DO IT TOGETHER” Rijika- Croatia.
  • 2017, with Tinatin Meparishvili, “Tourism Cultural Heritage as an Innovative Catalyst of Local Development: Strategies and Actions”, International Journal of Heritage and Museum Studies, Egypt. 2017, Esraa Alhadad, The Role of art and culture in relation with identity in heritage sites, towards sustainable community development” published in 3rd International Conference on Plastic Arts and Community Service (Art and Identity between Heritage and Contemporaneity).
  • 2016, Challenges of Community Involvement in Cultural Heritage Management and preservation, The 7th Arab Symposium of Managing Heritage Resources entitled “The Problem of Managing the Heritage of Nations: Civilization Storage”, Egypt.


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