Francesca Giliberto (University of Leeds)

Dr Francesca Giliberto is Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at the University of Leeds on the project “Heritage and Global Development” as part of the Praxis research team. In the past seven years she has carried out comparative and interdisciplinary research addressing global challenges related to cultural heritage and sustainable development as well as urban conservation and management in the framework of the UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape Approach, the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her work purposely aims to have an impact in theory and in practice, to influence decision-making and to foster societal challenges. It argues for a positive integration of cultural heritage (and culture in general) into urban development plans and policies a way to enhance sustainability of urban areas, the promotion of integrated and inclusive urban management systems, and the necessity to produce and use adequate assessment and evaluation tools to define new strategies and policies and to revise and monitor existing ones.

After a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Architecture (heritage preservation and restoration), she further specialised with a master in “World Heritage and cultural projects for development” and with a joint PhD at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and at the University of Kent (UK). She has just finished her Post-Doctoral research on “Rethinking Heritage for Development: International Frameworks, Local impacts” at the University of Kent, which focused on how heritage contributes to poverty alleviation, gender equality and environmental management in Sub-Saharan Africa and the South-Eastern Mediterranean area. She has also conducted research outside academia, collaborating with a range of professionals and stakeholders, such as national, local and regional governments and institutions, civil servants, NGOs, conservation practitioners, architects and town planners. Projects include a feasibility study for the creation of an Observatory of all Italian World Heritage sites carried out for Fitzcarraldo Foundation and commissioned by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage (MIBAC) and the preparation of the nomination dossier for the inscription of “Ivrea, Industrial City of the XX Century” in the World Heritage List (inscribed in June 2018) for Adriano Olivetti Foundation.

She has lived and worked in four different countries (Italy, France, Spain and the UK) and has been actively involved in no-profit associations such as ICOMOS, the Italian Youth Association for UNESCO and ANCSA (Italian Association for Historic and Artistic Centres).


Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items written by Dr Francesca Giliberto are listed below:

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Evaluating the Impact of Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Development.Issue 10 report is the final report in the Heritage and Our Sustainable Future series, co-produced by PRAXIS, University of Leeds, and the UK Commission for UNESCO, and written by …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-17-partnerships
Biocultural Heritage and LandscapesIssue 1 brief report from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference ‘Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures’ session on biocultural heritage and landscapes (Feb, 2021). This session focused …Dr Francesca Giliberto, Helen Maclagan, PRAXIS, , , , , , , , , , heritage-strand praxisreport language-english sdg-1-poverty sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-12-consumption-production sdg-13-climate sdg-14-life-on-water sdg-15-life-on-land sdg-2-hunger sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-6-clean-water
Praxis’ Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop Report (June 2020)“Heritage for Global Challenges” (24-26 February 2020, West Bek’aa, Lebanon) was a three-day workshop organized by Praxis with the goal to champion the distinctive contribution that Arts and Humanities research …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , , , , , , , event lebanon locationreport language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry subject-reflections
Creative Industries and Tourism: Beyond Economic DevelopmentReport from PRAXIS & the UK National Commission for UNESCO on ‘Creative Industries and Tourism: Beyond Economic Development’, which explores the role of heritage-based tourism and creativity in promoting inclusive …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-1-poverty sdg-12-consumption-production sdg-17-partnerships sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work
PRAXIS Heritage for Global Challenges Lebanon Workshop Report (June 2020)“Heritage for Global Challenges” (24-26 February 2020, West Bek’aa, Lebanon) was a three-day workshop organized by PRAXIS with the goal to champion the distinctive contribution that Arts and Humanities research …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXISheritage-strand praxisreport
Heritage for Global ChallengesReport written by Post-doctoral Researcher Dr Francesca Giliberto, to put heritage research firmly on the international development agenda and to demonstrate the relevance of heritage research to tackle global challenges …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXISheritage-strand praxisreport
Using Digital Technology to Innovate in Heritage ResearchBrief report from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference ‘Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures’ session on ‘Using Digital Technology to Innovate’ (Oct 2021). The report features key …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-12-consumption-production sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education sdg-9-industry subject-policy
Inclusive Development for Sustainable CitiesIssue 9 report from PRAXIS and the UK National Commission for UNESCO on Inclusive Development for Sustainable Cities. The latest report in the Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures series explores …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-17-partnerships
Reducing Inequalities and Decolonising Heritage PracticesReport Issue 4 from PRAXIS & the UK National Commission for UNESCO on Reducing Inequalities & Decolonising Heritage Practices: the important of people-centred approaches. The report features key insights, recommendations, …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , canada eritrea heritage-strand location praxisreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-4-education
Re-thinking Capacity Strengthening for Sustainable DevelopmentIssue 3 report brief from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference ‘Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures’ session on Re-thinking Capacity Strengthening for Sustainable Development. The report reflects …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , , , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-17-partnerships sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work sdg-9-industry
Heritage, Mental Health and WellbeingReport from PRAXIS & the UK National Commission for UNESCO on Heritage, Mental Health and Wellbeing. The report features key insights, recommendations, and case studies from Dr Karina Croucher, Dr …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , , , , heritage-strand india praxis locationreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-17-partnerships sdg-3-health-and-well-being sdg-4-education subject-wellbeing
Bridging the Gaps: Cultural Heritage for Climate ActionIssue 2 brief report from the PRAXIS and UK National Commission for UNESCO conference ‘Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures’ session on Cultural Heritage for Climate Action. The report reflects on …Dr Francesca Giliberto, Helen Maclagan, PRAXIS, , , , , , , , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-12-consumption-production sdg-13-climate sdg-17-partnerships sdg-2-hunger sdg-5-gender sdg-7-energy subject-climate-change
Heritage, Disaster Response and ResilienceIssue 8 report from PRAXIS and the UK National Commission for UNESCO on Heritage, Disaster Response and Resilience’. The latest report in the Heritage and Our Sustainable Futures series explores …Dr Francesca Giliberto, PRAXIS, , , heritage-strand praxisreport sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-13-climate sdg-17-partnerships

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