Leicester Urban Observatory

Heritage for Global Challenges: publication and free conference links

If you are interested in the role of heritage in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, you might find this report of interest.

Furthermore, note this free conference on Heritage and our Sustainable Futures, organised by the UK Commission for UNESCO, this coming week.


Leicester Urban Observatory will be represented in the ‘Inclusive Development for Sustainable Cities’ strand on Friday 26 February between 4:00–6:00pm. See abstract below. Hope you can join us.

Friday 26th February 2021 | 16:00 – 18:00 (GMT) 

Session Description 

It is estimated that by 2050 two-thirds of all humanity will be living in cities. We are living through a time when rapid processes of urbanisation, migration, and urban development have caused significant physical, economic, environmental and social transformations. These transformations challenge the achievement of equality and social justice in urban environments, as marginalised, displaced and other vulnerable groups suffer disproportionately from the consequences. Contemporary changes also threaten the preservation of the urban heritage, highlighting the need to find and implement sustainable conservation, management, and development strategies acceptable to a variety of stakeholders.   

In this session we explore how to rethink and transform current ways of urban heritage interpretation, conservation, management and representation in more creative, integrated, inclusive, and participatory ways. Who controls, conceives, constructs, and communicates the meanings of heritage in urban settings? How are the plurality of heritage interests represented in multicultural environments? What challenges does this present for local decision-makers? What kind of research and practical actions are needed now to maximise the ways heritage can contribute to achieve SDG 11?

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