Special Issue "Constructing Heritage in the Light of Sustainable Development"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert
UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus, LG 10, Room 234a, Erich-Weinert-Str. 1, Cottbus, Germany
Website: http://www.tu-cottbus.de/btu/de/whs/people/academic-staff/albert-marie-theres.html
E-Mail: albert@tu-cottbus.de
Phone: +49 355 69 2514
Fax: +49 355 692535
Interests: World Heritage; intercultural management; intercultural communication; educational development for developing countries

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Considering the new challenges of globalisation and climate change and the increasing acceptance of the three most important UNESCO Conventions regarding heritage, Heritage Studies have been confronted with new disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges. These encompass increasing requirements for theoretically established approaches to tangible and intangible heritage as well as to cultural landscapes.

The publication shall provide answers within the disciplinary and interdisciplinary framework of Heritage Studies related to the challenges of globalisation. Based on this paradigm we want to stress innovations in the discourse on heritage protection and use considering participation and human development.

Key issues:

  • What does sustainability mean within the context of heritage protection and heritage use?
  • How can heritage be employed for human development?
  • Do quantitative agreeability concepts suffice in the light of the paradigm change concerning the understanding of heritage from a good to a product?
  • Which participatory concepts are for heritage Studies interesting and how should participation be achieved?
  • What are the most relevant methods in participatory approaches?

Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert
Guest Editor


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  • Heritage Studies and globalisation
  • heritage (tangible, intangible and cultural landscape) protection and use
  • sustainability
  • participation and human development

Published Papers (5 papers)

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Sustainability 2013, 5(4), 1700-1724; doi:10.3390/su5041700
Received: 1 February 2013; in revised form: 25 March 2013 / Accepted: 9 April 2013 / Published: 22 April 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(5), 2178-2190; doi:10.3390/su5052178
Received: 2 April 2013; in revised form: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 13 May 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2623-2643; doi:10.3390/su5062623
Received: 1 April 2013; in revised form: 21 April 2013 / Accepted: 8 June 2013 / Published: 17 June 2013
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Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 3159-3171; doi:10.3390/su5073159
Received: 30 April 2013; in revised form: 4 July 2013 / Accepted: 15 July 2013 / Published: 22 July 2013
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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 70-85; doi:10.3390/su6010070
Received: 10 September 2013; in revised form: 7 November 2013 / Accepted: 29 November 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Last update: 22 August 2012

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