Economic Development

Community and Economic Development



Online Training Program

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Vacancies for the workshops are limited, so please apply early.



Dr Paul Burtenshaw is an expert in heritage economics, heritage tourism and how cultural heritage supports sustainable and community development. Dr Burtenshaw completed his PhD at University College London into the performance and politics of cultural heritage as an economic asset. Between 2014 and 2019 he was the Director of Projects at Sustainable Preservation Initiative (SPI), a US-based organization that developed community enterprises linked to local development and heritage preservation. Dr Burtenshaw led SPI’s strategy for local business development and training, and managed in-country teams in Peru, Guatemala, Bulgaria, and Tanzania. Since 2019 Dr Burtenshaw has been a freelance consultant involved with a variety of heritage tourism, economics and sustainable development projects including with development banks, national governments, private foundations, academic funders, and community organizations. Dr Burtenshaw has worked on tourism and cultural heritage management in Ghana, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, Jordan, Tajikistan, Romania, and Suriname. Dr Burtenshaw has published extensively on issues of heritage economics, tourism, public archaeology, and community development, including the 2014 edited volume ‘Archaeology and Economic Development’.

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Cultural heritage managers are increasingly requested to both demonstrate and create economic benefits for local, regional, and national economies. This is likely to be particularly acute in the aftermath of COVID-19 when government budgets will face renewed strain. This workshop will provide attendees with a firm understanding of the motivations for mobilizing cultural resources for economic benefit; the limits of that mobilization; different strategies for creating economic benefits; and how economic impacts are measured and communicated. The workshop will then guide attendees through the development of a plan for the creation of economic benefits for their own case studies, including the development of goals; selecting appropriate strategies; judging economic feasibility; and monitoring and evaluation procedures. As a result of the course attendees will be able to implement economic development strategies in their own locations.


For details on the themes taught, fees and application procedures, see the official announcement of the workshop here.

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