Heritage Services

As a multidisciplinary academic centre, proudly representing three Universities, the Centre for Global Heritage and Development is perfectly equipped to advice in heritage matters:  to give policy advice, organize cultural events, symposia and trainings, do specific research and assessments, for example in World Heritage context.

Heritage Impact Assessment

At 'endangered heritage' we immediately see images of temples and statues in the Middle East being destroyed. War and conflict is indeed a reason why heritage is at risk, but there are other much larger risks which somehow go under the radar: urbanization, population growth, large-scale infrastructural and agricultural projects and climate change.

Staff from the Centre for Global Heritage and Development is trained in the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) method: 

A process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and communicating the probable effects of a current or proposed development policy or action on the cultural life, institutions and resources of communities, then integrating the findings and conclusions into the planning and decision making process, with a view to mitigating adverse impacts and enhancing positive outcomes.

ICOMOS Guidance on Heritage Impact Assessment for Cultural World Heritage Properties, 2011

See this link and the flyer underneath this page for more information on this method. 


Landscape biography

In the nineties Prof. Jan Kolen, the director of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, developed a new approach for interdisciplinary landscape research. He obtained his doctorate with honors on this so-called 'landscape biography'. This approach has been further developed in various projects of NWO, in Dutch design studies and in European research programs, but can certainly also be used at a local and regional level. Such a description of the cultural genesis of the landscape - with specific attention to historical qualities - can help to establish policy priorities. This study can be used for policy making, but also to inspire planners and designers.