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Dominic Perring

University College London

I first fell in love with archaeological process, the act of excavation and discovery, as a volunteer on sites in England more than forty years ago. My subsequent career as a field archaeologist was shaped by the opportunities of Rescue archaeology on urban sites. I was lucky enough to direct a series of excavation projects in London (1970s), Milan (1980s) and Beirut (1990s). This work became entwined with my research interests in Roman town planning, morphology and architecture – which resulted in employment as a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Leicester, University of York and American University of Beirut. I interrupted these academic appointments to be a senior heritage manager for English Heritage, advising local planning authorities on the conservation and management of archaeological remains in modern urban centres.
Since 2004 I have been the Director of the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology, leading a team of 70 professional staff in providing services aimed at building links between commercial practice, academic research, and local communities. In this post I have provided strategic guidance on research and conservation projects in the UK and internationally (chiefly in Asia and Europe). I presently teach an MA programme in Urban Archaeology at UCL, and am involved in the supervision of a range of PhD dissertations tackling problems in heritage management. My publications include in Roman London (1991), The Roman House in Britain (2002), Town and Country in England: Frameworks for Archaeological Research (2003) an edited volume of papers on ‘Archaeology and Conflict’ in the journal Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 11 (2010,with Sjoerd van der Linde), and Alien Cities: Consumption and the origins of urbanism in Roman Britain (2013, with Pitts).


Gaygysyz Jorayev

University College London

Gaygysyz (Gai) Jorayev completed his MA degree in Managing Archaeological Sites and then his PhD research on Heritage and Nation Building at the Institute of Archaeology. He currently works at the Centre for Applied Archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Gai is a specialist on management and modern use of heritage, and he is experienced in working in the developing countries of the world. He also participated and managed projects in documentation of the sites and monuments, exhibition design and interpretation, education and public outreach. Most of the Gai’s academic research so far took place in Central Asia, where he has worked on several archaeological sites and museums. Gai is also a member of UCL’s Ancient Merv project that researches the Merv World Heritage Site in Turkmenistan. He collaborates with international organisations such as UNESCO and UNWTO on the projects related to the heritage of Central Asia.
As part of the initiatives for better documentation and management of heritage resources, Gai participates in large scale documentation and mapping projects and also leads the aerial photography research with the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Institute of Archaeology.


Kalliopi Fouseki

University College London

Kalliopi Fouseki holds a Bachelor of Archaeology and Art History from the National Capodistrian University of Athens (Greece), a MA in Cultural Heritage Studies and a PhD in Heritage Management both awarded from UCL. Before coming to London to conduct her MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL, she worked as an archaeologist at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. After the completion of her MA degree she worked for the redevelopment of the permanent exhibition of the archaeological museum in Ancient Olympia (Greece). This was followed by her PhD research in Heritage Management at UCL funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation and the British Women Federation. Her doctoral research entitled ‘Conflict Resolution in the Management of In-Situ Museums’ adopted an innovative interdisciplinary approach integrating negotiation theories into the heritage management field in the case of in-situ museums, modern structures that enclose in situ conserved archaeological remains. The completion of the thesis was followed by research collaboration at University of York where, as part of the 1807 Commemorated project team (a project funded by AHRC), she investigated the ways in which visitors to exhibitions, commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in the UK, engaged or disengaged from the history of enslavement. In addition, she explored the experience of community members who were consulted during the exhibition development process. She then worked as the New Audience Advocate at the Audience Research and Advocacy Unit of the Science Museum and as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University of UK, Greece and Cyprus before joining the UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage in August 2011.
Kalliopi has been the Co-Investigator for the ‘Collections Demography’ project, a project funded by the UK AHRC/EPSRC Science & Heritage Programme and a Co-Investigator for the ‘Mind the Gap’ research project funded by AHRC. She is currently co-leading with the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology a European Research Network on Heritage Values funded by the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (http://www.jpi-culturalheritage.eu/). She is also leading a research project on ‘Economic Crisis, Heritage and Identity’ funded by the UCL European Institute.


Sarah Wolferstan

University College London

Sarah has 14 years of professional experience in Heritage Management, training and policy advice (Council of Europe, The Drury McPherson Partnership, UCL’s Centre for Applied Archaeology) and fundraising / project management in international development and environmental sustainability (United Nations World Food Program, International Organisation of Migration, Global Action Plan). Having undertaken research for her MA dissertation on Cultural Heritage reconstruction in Kosovo she gained an international perspective of heritage management and policy as an intern and later an employee at the Council of Europe’s Cultural Heritage Landscape and Spatial Planning Division, Strasbourg, in 2007-08. She subsequently worked at the Drury McPherson Partnership, London, where she gained building archaeology and conservation planning skills. She joined the Heritage Management team of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) in 2009. A graduate of UCL’s MA in Cultural Heritage Studies (2006) she is also involved in teaching at the IoA, including the MA in Cultural Heritage Studies and the MA in Managing Archaeological Sites. Since early 2013 Sarah has been Project Manager for the EC co-financed EDUCCKATE pilot project – Education Culture & Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, a11-partner consortium co-ordinated by CAA-UCL. It brings together Universities and business support companies from 7 countries to create supported mentoring and internships for Cultural and Creative graduates. Sarah is currently on extended leave.


Willem Willems

Leiden University

Professor Willem J.H. Willems studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Michigan. From 2006 – 2013 he was dean of the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden, where he holds the chair of professor of international archaeological resource management. From 1999 – 2006 he was the Chief Inspector for Archaeology of the Netherlands after a career at the State Antiquities Service where he became director and Chief Archaeologist in 1989.Dr. Willems has been a member of the Committee of the Council of Europe that drafted the Valletta Convention, served 5 years as president of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and was the founding president of the Europæ Archæologiæ Consilium (EAC). He has also published extensively on various aspects of archaeological heritage resource management. Currently he serves as scientific committee member of the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative for Cultural Heritage. He is co-President of the ICOMOS Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) and occasionally serves as an evaluator of nominations for World Heritage Sites. He is an honorary member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of London and of the EAA. In 2012 he was awarded the European Archaeological Heritage Prize in Helsinki and in 2013 he received a knighthood in the Order of the Nederlandse Leeuw in recognition of his national and international heritage activities.


Monique van den Dries

Leiden University

Monique van den Dries is associate professor on archaeological heritage management at the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University (The Netherlands), where she coordinates the master and bachelor courses on heritage management and teaches on various archaeological heritage aspects. In the past twenty years she has been working on several topics in archaeological heritage management, both at the university and at other heritage organisations.
One of her research interests is heritage management policies and their effects and impact on the archaeological discipline and profession. Many articles and some books have been published by her on these issues. Another research interest and experience relates to public outreach and public involvement. As she has also been trained in communication and public relations, she has conducted numerous outreach activities and products, in the Netherlands and abroad. Recently (2013) she has become a member of the editorial board of the new Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage.
A third research interest concerns e-learning. She holds a PhD (1998) from Leiden University on the application of artificial intelligence for archaeological training and took part in the e-learning project ‘E-Archaeology: Archaeological heritage in contemporary Europe’ 2011 – 2012 that was funded by the Lifelong-learning Program of the European Commission.
Currently she participates in four research projects: Heritage Values – European Heritage Network (funded through the JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change/NWO: 2013-2015); NEARCH: New scenarios for a community involved archaeology (Funded by the Culture 2007 Programme of the European Commission: 2013 – 2018); Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe 2012-2014 (funded by the Lifelong-learning Program of the European Commission:); and the Tell Balata Archaeological Park Project 2010 – 2014 (joint venture of UNESCO/Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities Palestine/Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands).
Furthermore, she is active in the board of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), as vice-president, as a member of the scientific committee for its annual conference, and in its student award committee.


Sjoerd van der Linde

Leiden University

Dr. Sjoerd van der Linde (1979, Heerenveen) is Assistant Professor International Archaeological Heritage Management at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University as well as Director of Foundation CommonSites. He holds a BSc summa cum laude in Archaeological Sciences (2003, University Leiden), a MA cum laude in Managing Archaeological Sites (2004, UCL, cum laude), and a PhD cum laude on a critical perspective of international heritage practices (2012, University Leiden). Sjoerd’s MA dissertation on management strategies for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ancient Merv was awarded the UCL Petrie Prize in 2004. After an internship at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, Sjoerd returned to London from 2005-2007, were he worked as Interpretation Officer Stonehenge at English Heritage and as Head of Site Management & Interpretation at the UCL Centre for Applied Archaeology. In 2007, Sjoerd started as a researcher at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University. He obtained his PhD cum laude on an ethnographic research of international heritage practices in December 2012, in which he applied a value-based stakeholder analysis. During this period, he combined his PhD research with fieldwork at the Tell Balata Archaeological Park Project in Palestine (a project by UNESCO/MOTA/Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Leiden University). Moreover, he was a researcher in the EU Culture 2007 ‘Archaeology in Contemporary Europe’ (ACE) project, where he co-edited the volume ‘European Archaeology Abroad’ (2012).
Presently, Sjoerd is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Archaeology and a post-doc researcher in the EU ERC Synergy Program ‘Nexus 1492’ where he focuses on the way in which heritage values are assessed, negotiated and visualized in heritage practices in the Caribbean. Sjoerd has an ancillary position as General Director of Foundation CommonSites, which focuses on online dissemination and communication of heritage projects worldwide.


Victoria van der Haas & Mette Langbroek

Leiden University

Victoria van der Haas holds a BA in Archaeology (2010, University Leiden) with a minor in Human Osteoarchaeology, and an MA in Palaeolithic Archaeology (2011, University Leiden). During her MA she also focused on Heritage Management for which she took on an internship at the Heritage Inspectorate in The Netherlands. Her MA dissertation focused on establishing an age for Pithecanthropus erectus, which is part of a large project on Homo erectus in Southeast Asia which is still running.
After graduating she took on a position at the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAMH) as a research assistant and review coordinator, where she oversaw the publication of books on Archaeological Heritage Management for almost 1,5 years. After ICAHM she was co-editor at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands where she co-edited the 9th occasional paper of the Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC) titled “The Valletta Convection: twenty years after. Benefits-Problems-Challenges”.
In December 2013 she joined the Heritage Values Network team where she is responsible for the dissemination and exploitation of the project. From September 2014 onwards, Victoria is replaced by Mette Langbroek, who holds a BA in Historical Archaeology and is currently in the last year of the RMA ‘Transformation of the Roman World’.


Ana Pereira Roders

Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Ana Pereira Roders is Assistant Professor at TU/e, in a tenure track to Associate Professor (2009-2015), within the TU/e honors program Woman in Science. She has broad international work experience, having joined the Mozambique Island Centre for Research and Documentation (CEDIM) at Universidade Lúrio (Mozambique) and more recently, the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University (United Kingdom). Her research and scholarship address historic urban landscapes and the role of cultural heritage in their sustainable transformation, with particular interest in heritage (impact) assessments and related theory and practice.
Pereira Roders is editor of the Journal Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Emerald, United Kingdom) and member of the Editorial Board of Heritage studies (De Gruyter, Germany) and Cities, Design and Sustainability (Alinea, Italy). She is also an active member of professional networks such as ICOMOS, IAIA and CIB.
Over the last ten years, she has contributed to numerous publications, internationally and interdisciplinary, on cultural heritage management, UNESCO World Heritage Convention, historic urban landscapes, sustainable transformation and heritage (impact) assessments. She advises national research institutions on the assessment of research proposals, as well as, statutory authorities and consultancies on heritage (impact) assessments and heritage nominations.
The partnership with UNESCO World Heritage Centre (2009-2013) ‘Outstanding Universal Value, World Heritage cities and Sustainability’ has been a great opportunity to establish international networks and joint projects. One of the results is Protected Urban Planet, bridging the results of global and local research, in cities such as Willemstad, Galle, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, Island of Mozambique, Edinburgh, Queretaro, Valparaiso and Macao. Recent nominations for awards such as “TU/e Perspective Award 2008” and “CPRA 2011” hint her constant strive for excellence, driven by true ingenuity, optimism and perseverance.


Loes Veldpaus

Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology

Loes Veldpaus (1982, The Netherlands) is a PhD researcher in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2011. Her research bridges heritage theory and practice, by framing the Historic Urban Landscape approach in urban conservation theory and deriving an assessment framework to explore its implementation; taking Edinburgh (UK) and Amsterdam (NL) as case studies. She has also teaches and contributes to (post) graduate modules along those lines, and supervises postgraduate students on their final project. Moreover, Veldpaus is reviews-editor and reviewer for the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, has recently obtained stimulations grants from IAIA, ENCATC and EFL to conduct her research, and she was a finalist for the ENCATC (2013) Cultural Policy Researchers Award. In 2013 she also became board member of the Women in Science Eindhoven network at TU/e.


Joel Taylor

Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Joel Taylor is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU). He has a BSc (hons) degree in Archaeological Conservation (Cardiff University, 1996). After spending some time after graduation as a practicing conservator at an open air museum (Museum of National History, Wales 1996-1999), he became the first environmental management intern for the Collections Conservation Team at English Heritage, and remained there to become Senior Collections Conservator (1999-2002). During this period, he developed an interest in historic buildings as well as objects and collections. He then joined the University College London Centre for Sustainable Heritage, which broadened this interest further. He worked as a researcher, working on a variety of national and European projects, before taking over the Sustainable Heritage MSc as course director (2002-2011). During this period, he also completed a part-time PhD on condition surveys and risk assessment (Cardiff University, 2009). His dissertation involved a mixture of desk-based, case study and experimental methods to examine the validity and reliability of existing conservation practice, including comparison of different professionals’ perceptions of object condition. He moved to Norway in 2011, working with the University of Oslo as senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, History and Conservation (where he still collaborates) to teach preventive conservation before taking his current position at NIKU.His research interests include preventive conservation and risk management, sustainability issues in heritage, conservation theory, and the relationship between heritage conservation and heritage values. He has always had a strong interest in inter-disciplinary working, and of collaboration with different fields, including building physics, archival research, architecture, statistics, philosophy, psychology, content analysis and chemistry. He has published in a range of journals, and also sits on the editorial board of the international peer-reviewed journal Studies in Conservation.


Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen

Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Dr. Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen is a researcher at Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research and holds an MA in archaeology from University of Oslo and a PhD in archaeology from the University of Gothenburg. His doctoral thesis is combining historiography and heritage studies by analysing public blends of professional, political and popular uses of the past. He has lectured at the University of Oslo on Archaeological Heritage Management and supervised BA and MA students on their heritage-based projects. He has participated in various heritage projects related to environmental monitoring, spatial planning, and cultural heritage values. He is at the moment partaking in his institute’s strategic research target area which is coordinated under the programme ‘Cultural heritage: Negotiations, policy & practice’. His previous and on-going research comprises studies related to theory of heritage, heritage politics and management, memory studies, and public archaeology.


Grete Swensen

Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Grete Swensen has been working as senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, NIKU since 2000. Field of interests comprise studies related to how cultural heritage and cultural environments can be incorporated in today’s physical planning, including how to integrate cultural heritage as a vital component in a sustainable urban development. She places special emphasis on interdisciplinary co-operation and use of qualitative research methods. Swensen gained her doctor degree in Ethnology (dr. art.) at University of Oslo (1996). She has previous working experience from both the museum sector and from the University of Oslo. For a five year period she was research leader in the Program for Cultural Heritage Research (1989-1993), financed by The Research Council of Norway. She has been project coordinator of three strategic research programmes in NIKU since 2000, and is today the coordinator of the institute’s Strategic Research Project “Cultural Heritage: Negotiations, Policy and Practice”. She has also been the project leader of three interdisciplinary urban research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council; the two most recent are “Cultural Heritage and Urban Place Identity” and “Local Heritage Values and Cultural Heritage Plans in Urban Fringe Areas”. Among special assignments to be mentioned is the work as external expert for evaluation of applicants in humanities and social science for The Research Council of Norway and as referee for several scientific journals, among them Landscape and Urban Planning and Environment and Planning A. She has also partaken in several editorial boards in relevant Norwegian heritage journals.


Margarita Díaz-Andreu

University of Barcelona

ICREA Research Professor, Margarita Díaz-Andreu, is a prehistoric archaeologist based at the University of Barcelona. She studied History and specialised in Prehistory at the Complutense University of Madrid. She has worked in Spain at the CSIC and the Complutense University of Madrid and in the United Kingdom at Durham University. Since 2012 she has worked at the University of Barcelona. Her research interests include the history of archaeological heritage, archaeological tourism and the politics of heritage. Her most recent publications in these fields include an edited volume on the Ethics of Archaeological Tourism in Latin America (International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2013) and articles on the impact of World Heritage listing on rock art, the history of archaeological tourism (2014, Anales de Antropología) and the migration of archaeology (forthcoming). She has supervised a PhD on archaeological tourism in Mexico and is currently supervising another PhD candidate working on China. She has organised conferences on heritage issues in Durham (2009) and Barcelona (2013) and has lectured on this subject in Brazil, the Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. Díaz-Andreu co-directed the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH) (2010-2011) at Durham University and is a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research on Society and Culture (FQRSC). She is also a member of the Rock Art Research Task Group, in which rock art heritage is a central concern, and was in charge of organising the group’s meetings at Durham (May 2009) and Barcelona (November 2012). She is currently the leading member for Spain of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI–JHEP) with funding from the Spanish government (I+D retos competition).


Qian Gao

University of Barcelona

Qian Gao is currently an archaeology PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona (UB) and her research interests include heritage management and policy, archaeological tourism and rock art. She completed an MA in archaeology and specialized in prehistoric art at Durham University in the United Kingdom in the academic year 2010/2011, graduating with distinction. In the academic year 2011/2012 she began her PhD research on the subject of archaeological tourism in China under the supervision of Professor Margarita Diaz-Andreu in the UB’s “Cultural and Heritage Management” (Gestió de la Cultura i del Patrimoni)” doctoral programme. She has obtained a three-year PhD funding from the AGAUR (Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants, Agència de Gestió d´Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) beginning in October 2013. Her publications include an article on the interpretation of rock art heritage in Southwest China (Rock Art Research 2013) and two conference reports respectively on rock art and heritage (International Newsletter on Rock Art 2013 and The European Archaeologist 2013). She is a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research of Society and Culture (FQRSC). She is also a member of the Rock Art Research Task Group in which rock art heritage is a central concern and gave a talk on the subject of Chinese rock art heritage at the group’s meeting organised at Durham University in May 2009. She is currently a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP).


Ana Pastor Pérez

University of Barcelona

Ana is a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona after recently graduating for her Masters (Cum Laude) in Cultural Heritage Management. There she was involved with a project focussing on the study of communities synergias and preventive conservation. Ana Pastor Pérez also has a BA in History (Archaeology) from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and a BA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Objects, with a specialisation in Archaeological Conservation (Higher School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Goods, Madrid). During 2011-2012 she participated in the ICCROM-CCI Course Reducing Risks to Cultural Heritage developing a case-study at the Cerralbo Museum in Madrid. She is currently collaborating with the Autonomous University of Barcelona in the development of the risk management plan for the megalithic tomb of Tres Pagesos. She is a member of the Pinilla del Valle multidisciplinary team which is based at the Regional Archaeological Museum of Madrid, being responsible of co-managing the field laboratory. She has held internships at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Madrid, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the National Institute of French Heritage at St. Denis La-Plaine. Ana has recently been a visiting researcher at the ICCROM headquarters in Rome where she furthered her work on heritage values, looking at ways in which to encourage the current inhabitants of the Gothic neighbourhood at Barcelona to engage with the Roman remains of the old Barcino.


Carmen (Apen) Ruiz Martínez

Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona)

After a PhD on the history of Latin American archaeology, Apen Ruiz has expanded her research interest to include women in archaeological practice, archaeological heritage, nationalism and uses of the past. She has written several articles on collecting practices (Antipoda), gender and archaeology (Cuadernos Pagu, Cuicuilco). Her book “Insiders and Outsiders in Mexican Archaeology” (1890-1920) will soon be published by the Museo de Antropologia in Mexico City. She is currently based in Barcelona, where she teaches at the Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and in an Erasmus Mundus M.A on International Cooperation at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. She has co-supervised MA research on heritage and international cooperation in Nepal and on the role of social platforms around the theme of heritage in urban renewal projects in Barcelona. Apen Ruiz combines her teaching and research with work as an archaeological consultant, working on projects on vernacular landscapes and dry stone heritage in Tarragona. She is currently a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP).


Amilcar Vargas

University of Barcelona

Amilcar Vargas (BA in Archaeology, Universidad Veracruzana, México 2007; MA in Management of Cultural Institutions and Business, University of Barcelona, Spain 2013). Amilcar took part in the Tadinum archaeological project in Gualdo Tadino, Italy, led by the University of Perugia (summer 2005). In Mexico he worked for the INAH as a researcher on the Tajín Project (2007) and as head of the Department of Integral Preservation Management (2008-2009). He also was director of the Regional Museum and Culture House “La Casa de las Mariposas” at Tlacojalpan, Veracruz (2011) and cultural manager of the Cultural Map of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya at Oaxaca (2012). He also cooperated on the Project for Regional Development organised by the Office of Social Development in the Sierra Sur at Oaxaca, Mexico (April 2011-September 2012). Since he moved to Spain he has led the project “Cultural Itineraries and Brand Management at World Heritage Sites in Catalonia” for the Friends of UNESCO Association (February to September 2013) and worked for Gaudi´s Casa Batlló from June to October 2013. While there he drafted the Strategic Management Plan to be submitted to UNESCO in 2014. He was also a researcher at the MA Lab of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism (LABPATC) (November-December 2013) and a tutor on the Post-graduate Programme in International Cultural Cooperation and Management, both at the University of Barcelona. He is currently a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP).


Willem Piethaan

Student assistant Workshop 1, Eindhoven
Willem is twenty years old and is currently a third-year Engineering student at the Technical University of Eindhoven.
Early on in his study he chose the direction “Architecture and Urban Planning”. During orientation on his possible masters he grew an interest for Cultural Heritage and he hope to learn a lot about it during the rest of his study.

He will be assisting Ana Pereira Roders during the first H@V workshop in Eindhoven this summer.


Tim Willems

Student assistant Workshop 1, Eindhoven

Tim Willems is a Dutch engineer and student following the master track Architecture at the Technical University of Eindhoven. During the past few months he has been increasingly involved with educational projects regarding cultural heritage and the re-use of the built environment subject. It is an important and interesting topic to him and he thinks it will grow to be more important in the future. This February he started as a student assistant of dr. Ana Pereira Roders to help organize the workshop “Understanding Heritage Values”, taking place in Eindhoven in July. At the same time he hopes to gain more experience in the heritage field. Tim intends to graduate next year on the heritage topic as well.

Sada Mire

Leiden University

Sada Mire is a Swedish-Somali archaeologist and anthropologist. Mire has  an MA and a PhD in Archaeology from University College London and a BA in History of Art/Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her main research interests are archaeological and anthropological theory and practice and cultural heritage studies. She specializes in the archaeology, ethnography and history of the peoples of North-East Africa including the Horn of Africa (Somalia/Somaliland, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia). She focuses on the indigenous institutions and pre-Christian and pre-Islamic belief systems, material culture, (rock) art, rituals, practices and landscapes. Her publications include the 2015 articles ‘Wagar, Fertility and Phallic Stelae: Cushitic Sky-God Belief and the Site of Saint Aw-Barkhadle in Somaliland’ and ‘Mapping the Archaeology of Somaliland: Religion, Art, Script, Time, Urbanism, Trade and Empire,’ both in African Archaeological Review 32(1). She has lectured in several UK universities and is currently based at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is currently working on two book projects for Left Coast Press/UCL on Somali archaeology, identity and heritage, both in the Diaspora and in the Somali territories.