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Contribute to society’s ability to interpret and experience the past

Heritage studies in the 21st century call for a new approach, a partnership between archaeology, architecture, the social sciences, the humanities, law, science, technology and design and urban and regional studies.

The  Centre for Global Heritage and Development uses its interuniversity and interdisciplinary status to go beyond the traditional study of heritage, by focusing on how heritage relates to cultural, social and environmental developments and decisions.

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development is a collaboration of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Centre for Global Heritage and Development as Driving Force in the Heritage Sector

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Jan KolenNow, more than ever, heritage influences everyday life. It has become part of such disciplines as urban planning and landscape ecology. There are always choices and decisions to be made and these choices will in turn influence future decisions because often there is no way back: do we restore cities after a war or do we rebuild them from scratch? Should we redirect the course of a meandering river?

'Prof. dr. Jan Kolen, Scientific Director Centre for Global Heritage and Development

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Heritage under Threat, Researcher in the Picture


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