Within the ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme (WHL), the module on Learning Networks promotes activities oriented to connect people and heritage places through peer learning, advancing people-centered and place-based approaches. By linking practitioners, institutions, communities and World Heritage places, networks between natural and cultural heritage, research, practice and policy are strengthened in the context of World Heritage processes. Activities of the Learning Networks include the World Heritage Site Managers Forum Network (SMF) initiated in 2017 and the PANORAMA Nature-Culture Thematic Community launched in 2020.

The ICCROM-IUCN World Heritage Leadership Programme is launching a new activity focused on strengthening networks across research and site management in the context of the World Heritage Convention. In order to develop practice-based research agendas for World Heritage properties, the WHL is inviting researchers and site managers to team up in Research-Practice Teams and take part in the Heritage Place Lab Pilot Phase, consisting of a series of 6 incubator online workshops (1 workshop = 3 sessions: 3 hours/session) to be held during 2021-2022. The expected outcome of the Heritage Place Lab is that each Research-Practice Team defines a research agenda for one World Heritage property, and that the WHL together with the research institutions and World Heritage properties involved develop an umbrella research proposal and/or thematic research proposals that could be later used to apply for research funds.

Application deadline: 15 June  2021

Duration of the Pilot Phase: July 2021- July 2022

Place: Online

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