Advisory Board

The Series Heritage Studies and it’s Advisory Board

The scientific quality of the series Heritage Studies is assured by a scientific advisory board. This board consists of internationally and interdisciplinary recognised experts who ensure the paradigmatic direction as well as the multidisciplinary approach of the series on the highest level. The following experts belong to the board.


Ph.D. Verena Aebischer

Ph.D. Verena Aebischer

Dr. Verena Aebischer is an former Professor in Social Psychology at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense and has been a guest lecturer in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, French Guyana, the US, and China. Her work focused on intergroup and intercultural relations and on social representations with a social constructionist backdrop. Her research interests and teaching encompass to this day a range of areas related to conflict management and gender equality and has evolved into a particular interest on how and why relationships may encourage toxic behaviour in people such as dishonesty, abuse of power, mobbing, parasitism. Verena Aebischer studied in Basel, London, Geneva, and Paris, where she earned her Ph.D. at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. She has been the beneficiary of grants and awards from the European Union, Swiss National foundation, various French ministries, French-German Youth office and enjoyed collaborative ties with national and foreign universities. She has also been a consultant to private and public organisations and ad-hoc reviewer for books and journals.

Key areas: conflict management, gender relations, toxic behaviour


Dr. Christina Cameron

Dr. Christina Cameron

Dr. Christina Cameron, Professor Emeritus at the School of Architecture of the University of Montreal, held the Canada Research Chair in Built Heritage from 2005 to 2019 where she directed a research program on heritage conservation. She studied literature (B.A. University of Toronto) and museum studies (M.A. Brown University) and history of architecture (Ph.D. Laval University). She previously served as a heritage executive with Parks Canada for more than thirty-five years, as director general of National Historic Sites and secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. She has worked with the World Heritage Convention since 1987, chairing the Committee in 1990 and 2008, and co-authoring Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (2013), now translated into French, Russian and Chinese. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, the country’s highest recognition for public service. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 and received the Prix du Québec Gérard-Morisset in 2018 for her contribution to heritage conservation in Canada and abroad. She is a founding member of OurWorldHeritage.

Key areas: World Heritage / Tangible Heritage / Intangible Heritage / UNESCO Heritage Conventions / Heritage Conservation / Architectural History


PIC: Dr. Claire Cave

Dr. Claire Cave

Dr. Claire Cave is a lecturer and coordinator of World Heritage Management programme at University College Dublin (UCD). The UCD World Heritage programme includes a PhD in World Heritage Studies, an MSc in World Heritage Management and online postgraduate courses in World Heritage Conservation.

Dr. Cave holds a PhD in Zoology from UCD with a focus on conservation biology. Her work centres on protected area management in view of globalization and sustainable development. She is a member of the World Heritage Technical Advisory Group to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government which provides objective, strategic and technical advice in respect of managing and protecting World Heritage properties and bringing Tentative List sites forward for nomination. Claire is co-editor of the book ‘50 Years World Heritage Convention: Shared Responsibility – Conflict & Reconciliation’.  She is a member of ICOMOS, EUROPARC Federation & Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland.

Key areas: World Heritage / Natural Heritage / Cultural Landscapes / Conservation Biology


PIC: Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste is a professor since 1997 and former holder of the Chair for Art History at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. She studied art history and German studies at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen) and the Philipps University of Marburg, completing her Ph.D. there in 1977. From 1980 to 1997 she was an academic assistant at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. Droste has authored and edited numerous publications on the subject of Bauhaus and the history of 19th and 20th century design. She is a distinguished expert in the field of the musealization of heritage.

Key areas: Tangible Heritage / Art History / Museology


Sieglinde Gauer-Lietz

Sieglinde Gauer-Lietz

Sieglinde Gauer-Lietz, Dipl.Paed., graduated in Educational Science at the University of Cologne. For many years she worked as a consultant in various development aid projects in Africa and Asia in the field of non-formal education. At the University of Münster she worked at the Institute of Educational Science on concepts in cross-cultural exchange, implementation of ethno-pedagogical learning models and on cross-cultural teaching programs with a special focus on museums in India. She successfully applied these intensive international and intercultural experiences at the Chair of Intercultural Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, where she actively contributed to the very successful implementation of the World Heritage Studies program. Besides her intercultural competences, her focus was on the evaluation of specialized texts on Heritage Studies. She is working with Transparency International Germany since 2007 in the field of Governmental Development Cooperation.


Dr. Jennifer Harris

Dr. Jennifer Harris

Dr. Jennifer Harris, researched and lectured for many years in Cultural Heritage at Curtin University in Western Australia. She holds degrees in Literature (BA Hons), Film Theory (MA) and Cultural Studies and Heritage Studies (PhD). She has a background in both print and television journalism. She has served on the Australian National Committee for ICOM and the Executive Board of ICOM’s museology committee, ICOFOM. Her research interests include popular culture, intangible heritage, human rights and visitor experiences in museums and heritage sites. In addition to academic work, she draws on theories of Cultural Heritage in writing fiction about place and memory.

Key areas: Popular Culture / Tangible Heritage / Intangible Heritage / Human rights / Museology / Cultural Studies


Dr. Ping Kong - Advisory Board

Dr. Ping Kong

Dr. Ping Kong is the founder of Heritage & Education gGmbH, devoted to synergetic development of World Heritage and Education for Sustainable Development. She works with pedagogic experts to develop place-based, cross-curricular E-learning programs via interactive EduTech and instructive design. Dr. Kong has an interdisciplinary academic background across urban planning and social studies and has worked in the field of UNESCO World Heritage since 2005. She received her PhD at Delft University of Technology and has worked as deputy director of UNESCO WHITRAP (Shanghai, P.R. China), and as visiting professor at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU-Cottbus, Germany).

Key areas: World Heritage Education / World Heritage nomination and management / sustainable tourism / heritage impact assessment.


Dr. Ana Pereira Roders,

Dr. Ana Pereira Roders

Dr. Ana Pereira Roders is professor in Heritage and Values at the UNESCO Chair on Heritage and the Reshaping of Urban Conservation for Sustainability at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

She has a wide range of work experience abroad and in interdisciplinary cooperation. Her research and scholarship address historic urban landscapes and their resource efficiency, spanning the fields of architecture, urban planning, law, environmental management and computer sciences. She is particularly interested in urbanization processes to define the use and conservation of urban resources, in relation to heritage-designations. Ana Pereira Roders is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Emerald, UK). She presented in 2015 at TEDxHamburg “How cities become resource efficient”. Dr. Pereira Roders is co-editor and also a member of the editorial advisory board for this publication. Currently she is a governing board member for the International Center on Space Technology for Natural and Cultural Heritage, at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Key areas: Urban Conservation / 1972 Convention / Historic Urban Landscape / Heritage Impact Assessment / Sustainability


Ph.D. Anca Claudia Podan

Ph.D. Anca Claudia Podan

Anca Claudia Prodan, Ph.D., researches and teaches in the field of Heritage Studies and she holds degrees in Anthropology, Philosophy, World Heritage Studies and Heritage Studies. Her current research lies at the intersection of cultural, technical and information sciences and she explores the impacts of digital technology on the generation and transmission of culture. Next to research and teaching, she has been involved with UNESCO as expert, rapporteur and corresponding member of the Sub-Committee for Education and Research of the Memory of the World Programme. She further acts as regular reviewer for several journals, such as the International Journal of Heritage Studies and the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, and she has supported the academic series Heritage Studies as member of the Editorial Advisory Board since its establishment. The most recent publications co-edited by her in that context are the books 50 Years World Heritage Convention: Shared Responsibility – Conflict & Reconciliation published in 2022, and The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme: Key Aspects and Recent Developments from 2020.

Key areas: Memory of the World / Digital Heritage / Theories of Culture / Human Rights


Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck

Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck

Dr. Birgitta Ringbeck, Ministerial Advisor (retired), was from 2002 to 2022 the commissioner of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany and from 2012 to 2022 also head of the World Heritage coordinating body, based in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. From 2012 to 2015, she was member in the German Delegation to UNESCO´s World Heritage Committee. She studied art history, archaeology and ethnology in Münster, Bonn and Rome and began her career at the Regional Association of Westphalia Lippe, working on the research project History of Traditional Architecture in the Beginning of the 20th Century. From 1990 to 1997, she was Head of Department of Preservation of Regional Traditions and Culture at the NRW-Stiftung, a foundation for the protection of nature, regional traditions and culture in Düsseldorf/Germany. Between March 1997 and December 2011 she was the director of the Supreme Authority for the Protection and Conservation of Monuments at the Ministry of Construction and Transport of the Land North Rhine-Westphalia. Ringbeck is the chair of the board of trustees of the German World Heritage Foundation and member of ICOMOS, ICOM and TICCIH. Her primary fields of expertise are monument preservation, industrial heritage, World Heritage nominations and World Heritage management.

Key areas: World Heritage / World Heritage Management / Conservation and Preservation of Tangible Heritage / Cultural Landscapes


PIC: Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine von Schorlemer

Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine von Schorlemer

Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine von Schorlemer is the Chairholder of the Chair International Law, EU Law, and International Relations at the Technische Universität Dresden (since 2000) and the UNESCO Chair of International Relations (since 2009). von Schorlemer served as the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research, and the Fine Arts from September 2009 to November 2014. She is a member of the German Commission for UNESCO (DUK), the ILA Cultural Committee, and the advisory board “Patrimonies” of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, among others. von Schorlemer was nominated as an independent expert by the UNESCO Director-General (2003/04) and formed part of the German delegation in the Paris negotiations on the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2004/05); she was also part of the German delegation to the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development (MONDIACULT 2022, Mexico-City). Her latest books focus on cultural heritage / destruction (Nomos 2016) and on World Heritage / postcolonial discourses (Nomos 2022).

Key Areas: World Heritage / Diversity of Cultural Expressions / Nexus to Peace / Armed Conflict and Terrorism / UNESCO Law, Politics and Strategies / Underwater Cultural Heritage / Colonial Heritage / Digital Heritage / SDGs and Cultural Heritage


Dr. Helaine Silverman

Dr. Helaine Silverman

Silverman, Dr., Helaine is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois and Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). She is a member of Forum-UNESCO and an Expert Member of ICOMOS’ International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and ICOMOS’s International Scientific Committee on Cultural Tourism (ICTC). Her research focuses on cultural politics in terms of the cooperative and conflictual production of archaeological monuments and living historic centers as heritage sites for visual, performative, economic and political consumption as undertaken by national governments, regional authorities, local administrations, community stakeholders, and the global tourism industry. Most of her research around these issues is conducted in Peru. In addition to her own authored works on cultural heritage, tourism and museums, she is the editor/co-editor of these books: Archaeological Site Museums in Latin America (2006), Cultural Heritage and Human Rights (2007), Intangible Heritage Embodied (2009), Contested Cultural Heritage (2011), Cultural Heritage Politics in China (2013), Encounters with Popular Pasts (2015), Heritage in Action( 2017), and Heritage of Death (2018). She serves on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Heritage & Society, World Art and Thema. She is the editor of two book series: “Heritage, Tourism, and Community” (Routledge) and “Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management” (Springer).

Key areas: Tangible Heritage / Intangible Heritage / Heritage Values / Human Rights