7th October

World Heritage and Tourism


Peter Debrine | UNESCO

Peter DeBrine joined the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in 2011 to spearhead the development and management of the World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme. As a Senior Project Officer he coordinates the overall programme activities including project management, outreach and resource mobilization, integration and implementation of sustainable tourism policies and strategies as part of the overall conservation management of World Heritage sites, and in the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.

Previously he was the Director of the World Heritage Alliance at the United Nations Foundation—a global community of travelers, members of the travel industry, government groups, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations working together to preserve and protect World Heritage sites while supporting local communities.

With extensive experience in sustainable development and tourism, Peter held the position of Deputy Director of the International Tourism Partnership for the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. Formerly, he worked as a Forestry Officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization where he helped shape an international partnership for sustainable development in mountain regions. This builds on his many years as an environmental campaigner for WWF working on climate change, endangered species and sustainable tourism issues in the US and Europe.

Peter DeBrine holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Coralie Acheson | Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Coralie is an AHRC CDA PhD candidate at the Ironbridge Institute at the University of Birmingham. Her research is on the exploration of the ways in which tourists engage with the values of a World Heritage Site.

Coralie has worked in commercial archaeology in the UK for a number of years, in both urban and rural contexts, and both as a field archaeologist and in planning consultancy. Coralie holds an undergraduate degree in archaeology and an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites.

In addition to those encompassed within the PhD she has research interests include the ways in which we can creatively expand access to the historic environment, landscape and the ways in which it is negotiated, and the archaeologies of displacement.


Featured Papers


Protect and Prosper – World Heritage and Tourism in the Wadden Sea

Dr. Harald Marencic

The Stories within the Stones: A year of interaction and engagement at an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jane Gibson & Jo Shoebridge

An Integrated Approach to Heritage Communication: bridging the gap between the tangible and the intangible

Yanwei Han


World Heritage and Communities

Dr Ioannis Poulios | Hellenic Open University, Greece

Ioannis Poulios conducted PhD research on heritage management and sustainable development at University College London, and also attended MBA electives on business strategy and management at London Business School.

Ioannis has collaborated with the international heritage organisation ICCROM and with local Greek heritage organisations on the sustainable development of local communities. He teaches ‘Cultural Organisations Management’ at the Hellenic Open University, and is also teaching at the UNESCO (Venice Office) annual School on Sustainable Energy Governance in World Heritage Sites.


Malgorzata Trelka | Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Małgorzata Trelka an AHRC CDA PhD candidate in Cultural Heritage at the Ironbridge Institute. Her research aims to explore the relationship between ‘community’ and World Heritage with particular emphasis on the possibility of the inclusion of an alternative value system in the management of WHS.

She is an archaeologist holding an MA in both, Medieval Archaeology and Public Archaeology from University of Adam Mickiewicz and University College London respectively. She has considerable experience working in commercial urban archaeology in the UK. She worked as an intern in the Culture Department of UNESCO Bangkok, where she coordinated the Museum Capacity Building Programme for Asia and the Pacific undertaken by UNESCO and the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. In 2009, she was a rapporteur for the Intangible Cultural Heritage Field School in Lamphun, Thailand.

In 2010 Małgorzata took up a post with the National Heritage Board of Poland, where she eventually became Head of the Heritage Policy Department tasked with the implementation of the UNESCO 1972 and 2003 conventions.


Featured Papers


Discourses of Heritage: UNESCO and the Local Community in Timbuktu

Giulia Brioschi


Is Scotland ‘Planning’ to Preserve the World’s Heritage?

Stuart West