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Research Programme on Urban Heritage and Conservation

About the Programme

Effective heritage conservation helps in revitalizing local economies, and brings a sense of identity and pride to residents.
Conserving urban heritage - historical buildings, festivals, art forms, dance, music, sculpture etc. - may seem less of a priority compared to more pressing issues such as infrastrcture development, poverty alleviation or job creation.

But effective conservation of heritage resources not only help in revitalizing the local economy of cities through tourism, but also brings about a sense of identity and belonging to its residents.

The objective of this programme is to explore the various dimensions of heritage conservation from an urban perspective.


heritage, conservation, preservation, protection, restoration, culture, history, buildings

Currently, GDRC is focussing on the role that heritage conservation and management plays in overall urban development, with specific reference to urban tourism and economic development.

More information on GDRC's Urban sphere
The Urban Heritage and Conservation programme is part of
GDRC's Urban Sphere

GDRC Logo The Global Development Research Center (GDRC) is an independent policy think tank that carries out initiatives in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.

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