Unlocking Cultural Heritage Values

Challenges to the Economics of Conservation in the XXI Century

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This one-day seminar will discuss the challenges involved in multidisciplinary research of urban heritage conservation and valorisation in a world where the issues related to cultural diversity, armed conflicts, climate change risks, and increasing tourism demands pose threats to heritage expressions.

  • From: Thursday 9 August 2018, 8 am
  • To: Thursday 9 August 2018, 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building, Main Entrance, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 8 August 2018, 10.00 am

Event details

Supported by the ISCEC – ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Economics of Conservation, this event brings together world experts in cultural economics, regional science, geography, and conservation of tangible and intangible heritage to debate the role that cultural capital has in the progress towards sustainable, resilient cities and inclusive communities.

The event is open to the urban studies scientific community and planning authorities, as well as stakeholders involved in the management and conservation of diverse cultural heritage and in the preservation of heritage at risk.

Following this event our aim is to establish a highly skilled network through which we can exchange quality research and ideas on current urban studies research challenges faced by contemporary cities, both in developed and developing countries.


  • Prof David Throsby Professor of Economics, Maquarie University, Sydney (conference chair)
  • Dr Patrizia Riganti, Senior Lecturer in Real Estate and Lead Sustainable Heritage and Society Research sub-theme, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University (conference chair)
  • Dr Ray Bondin, International Affairs Manager, Heritage Malta and UNESCO expert
  • Prof Michèle Clarke, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement) Asia-Pacific, Professor of Environmental Change, University of Nottingham
  • Prof Hisham Elkadi, Dean, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford
  • Mr Nick Ebbs, Vice Chairman of Igloo Regeneration Ltd and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
  • Prof Ilaria Mariotti, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DASTU), Politecnico di Milano
  • Prof Francesca Medda, University College London

Download your copy of the programme and speaker profiles

Reserve your place

To reserve your place at this event please select reserve your place at the top of this page and follow the online booking process.

This event is free to attend.


We welcome abstracts from academics, policy makers, heritage advocates, and PhD students.

Abstracts should address one of the following streams:

  • Heritage and economic valuation
  • Heritage and smart cities
  • Heritage tourism
  • Decision support systems for heritage management

Submission process

  • All abstracts should be submitted as a word document
  • All abstracts should be saved with the follow file title format: firstauthorsurname2018NTU e.g. smith2018NTU
  • 500 words maximum.

Abstracts need to indicate:

  • Paper title
  • Name
  • Surname and affiliation of all authors
  • Email address for corresponding author
  • Keywords

Please download your copy of the template

Deadline for submission: Thursday 26 July 2018, 23:59

Selected abstracts will be presented as part of a poster exhibition at the conference on Thursday 9 August 2018.

Please email you abstract to heritage@ntu.ac.uk.


For all enquiries about this event please email heritage@ntu.ac.uk.




8:30 – 9:00Registration and refreshmentsForum Level 1, Newton building
9:00  – 9:10

Chair Dr Patrizia Riganti,  Nottingham Trent University

Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building
9:10 – 9:50

Prof David Throsby, Maquarie University, Sydney      

Cultural capital and the economic nature of cultural heritage

9:50 – 10:30

Dr Ray Bondin, Heritage Malta, International Affairs Manager, and UNESCO expert

Outstanding universal values and world heritage listing

10:30 – 11:10

Prof Francesca Medda, University College London

Innovative financial mechanisms for heritage conservation 

11:10 – 11:30RefreshmentsForum Level 1, Newton building
11:30 – 12:10

Prof Michèle Clarke, The University of Nottingham

Smart cities and heritage conservation                          

Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building
12:10 – 13:00

Panel Discussion: current challenges to the economics of conservation

All speakers and Mr Nick Ebbs, Vice Chairman of Igloo Regeneration Ltd and High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire
Chaired by Prof David Throsby

13:00 – 14:00LunchForum Level 1, Newton building
14:00 – 14:40

Prof Hisham Elkadi, University of Salford

The role of heritage conservation in urban regeneration

Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building
14:40 – 15:20

Prof Ilaria Mariotti, Polytechnic of Milan

Assessing the social benefits of regeneration projects: the case of the Navigli project in Milan

15:20 – 16:00

Dr Patrizia Riganti, Nottingham Trent University

Cultural heritage conservation in a circular economy: the case of Syracuse, Italy

16:00 – 16:15RefreshmentsForum Level 1, Newton building
16:15 – 16:45Debate: Future research agendaLecture Theatre 1, Newton building
16:45 – 17:00Conclusion
17:00 – 17:30NetworkingForum Level 1, Newton building

Location details


Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building, Main Entrance


Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes' walk. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park, please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

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