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About the Centre for Global Heritage and Development

About us

Heritage studies in the 21st century call for a new approach, a partnership between archaeology, the social and political sciences, the humanities, legal and governance studies, the technical and natural sciences and such disciplines as urban and landscape planning.

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development is one of the nine joint multidisciplinary centres of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the so called LDE alliance. The Centre initiates, stimulates and facilitates interdisciplinary and innovative research and education in the field of heritage.

What is the role of the past in the present and how do we interact with the past? Heritage is an issue in war and disaster zones, migration, tourism, urban and rural development and in diplomatic relations. The Centre for Global Heritage and Development uses its interdisciplinary and inter-university status to go beyond the traditional study of heritage, by actively focusing on how heritage relates to cultural, social and environmental developments.

Now, 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, Academic Director