Dr Paul Burtenshaw

Community & Economic Development

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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