Between opportunity and challenge. Mayors’ perspective on participatory heritage practices in World Heritage Cities

Ilaria Rosetti*, Marc Jacobs, Ana Pereira Roders

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The participation of multiple stakeholders, communities, groups, and individuals in heritage processes is considered an important component of good heritage governance, which presents diverse challenges and opportunities. Much research has explored the communities, researchers, and practitioners’ perceptions of these challenges and opportunities, offering insights into current practices. However, little research has investigated governmental actors’ perceptions, mainly focusing on specific cases, without comparing their perspectives across regions. To address this gap, during the 2017 OWHC XIV World Congress, a Mayors’ workshop was organized to unveil the perceptions that WH cities’ representatives have of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of participatory heritage practices in their World Heritage cities. Results revealed strong interconnections among the different SWOT elements, as well as commonalities and differences among cities worldwide. Participation itself emerged as the most mentioned element across the SWOT, highlighting the strong influence that the factors affecting it have over the positive or negative outcomes of participatory heritage practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiving (World) Heritage Cities. Opportunities, challenges, and future perspectives of people-centered approaches in dynamic historic urban landscapes
EditorsMaaike S. de Waal, Ilaria Rosetti, Mara de Groot, Uditha Jinadasa
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6426-144-8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2022

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