Dissertation Title:

Heritage-led Urban Development

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert; Prof. Dr. Christer Gustafsson (Politecnico di Milano)

The objective of this thesis is to develop a generic adaptive governance model which can be used to valorise urban heritage for sustainable development – understood in multiple dimensions, not just economic – and for the benefit of local communities. The premise is that an integrated governance model can be used successfully to emphasize urban development, based and centred on built cultural heritage in urban settings. The methodology to develop this model will be literature review, field analysis, expert interviews and scientific analysis. Based on past projects and especially the methodology developed for integrated heritage management plans in the framework of the Urbact II Project HerO (Heritage as Opportunity), a model will developed that can be applied in a broad variety of situations Special emphasis will be placed on the necessary competencies and skills of the main actors and the scoping phase.  As conclusions, recommendations will be developed on how to adapt and implement this model, and what preconditions and parameters are beneficial.

Short Bio:

Matthias Ripp, a senior heritage manager with a background of historical geography, is coordinating the “Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof” site. He is active in numerous networks such as Heritage Europe, ICOMOS, the German Association of Cities and is also a member of the European Heritage Panel and Regional Coordinator for the Organisation of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). Among his research interests are topics like Cultural Heritage Management, Cultural Heritage Interpretation, Sustainable Development, Resilience and Organisational Development.


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