Usman Ali studied archaeology at the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. After obtaining his Masters, he took part in many projects of the Department of Archaeology and Museum of the Government of Pakistan. In 2017, he obtained his PhD degree from the joint programme of the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia and the IUAV University of Venice, Italy. The European Social Fund -human resources development operational programme - financed the Doctoral studies, and his dissertation was on the "Re-Conceptualization of the Conservation theory for the Management of Archaeological Heritage". The dissertation discussed the UNESCO Criteria of conservation, protection, and nomination of Heritage, and analyzed and evaluated the philosophy of archaeological theories and its application toward Heritage Management. This lead to his wish to develop a further understanding of archaeological theories and their applications to Heritage studies. He is now an associate researcher at Leiden University by the Erasmus + Traineeship - co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union in Leiden University. He is also a member of the Pakistan ICOMOS, the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V Cottbus - Germany, and the ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management.
His current research consist on the heritage-related philosophies and practices in conflict regions of Pakistan. The focus of the research covers Global Heritage Studies and contemporary archaeological theories and practices through the perspective of Management and Development. In today's world, in the study of heritage and society, the complex network of different stakeholders develop connections and implications between things and people which is diverse by nature. For this reason, he is delighted to be at the LDE Centre of Global Heritage and Development, and Heritage under Threat program to pursue a deeper understanding of knowledge production and consumption in the discipline of Heritage.
1. “Public Archaeology and its Significance in Heritage Management of Pakistan” in Journal of Asian Civilizations, Quaid-i-azam University, Pakistan (expected in 2018).
2. “Notions of Interpretation and Management: Cultural heritage of Taxila, Pakistan” in Journal of Development and Research Organisation for Nature, Arts and Heritage, Vol. X/II 2014 India.