Margarita Díaz-Andreu

I am an ICREA Research Professor based at the University of Barcelona with many years of previous work experience at the Complutense University of Madrid and Durham University. I have been researching and lecturing on heritage issues for more than a decade. My interests include the social and economic value of heritage, World Heritage, the development of archaeological tourism, ethics, the politics of heritage, and the role of heritage within new migrant populations in Europe. I am proud of being the leader of GAPP, the Group of Public Archaeology and Heritage (, and manage such a dynamic group of young heritage experts who are developing heritage projects around the world. GAPP organizes a regular series of seminars and is deeply involved in the dissemination to both specialists and the wider public of its projects. I have co-directed the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage (CECH) (2010-2011) at Durham University and I was a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research on Society and Culture (FQRSC).

Experience: Heritage, Identity: gender, ethnicity and nationalism, History of Archaeology, Prehistoric Rock Art.

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Email: m.diaz-andreu{}

Apen Ruiz Martínez

I studied history at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After receiving a fellowship from La Caixa in 1991, I moved to Stanford University to pursue my MA in Anthropology. Afterwards I lived in Mexico for a couple of years, had a daughter and finally decided to continue my doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin where I finished my PhD in 2003. During my doctorate research I examined the relations among anthropology, gender and nationalism in Mexico. I have published several articles on this topic and just finished a book that will be published in Mexico with the title Desde adentro y desde afuera: una historia de la arqueología Mexicana. I have also written Género, Ciencia y Política: Voces, vidas y miradas de la arqueología mexicana. I teach at various institutions, courses on Culture and Identity, Anthropology, and I am also a part-time professor at the MA of International Cooperation in Sustainable Emergency Architecture at the International University of Catalonia where I teach Qualitative Methodologies. I have recently expanded my interests to issues of heritage values and public participation in the context of Barcelona and have done some research as a member of the European funded project Heritage Values Network.

Experience: Heritage, Gender, Social Participation, Public Archaeology.

Professional Social Networks:, ORCID, Researchgate y Twitter

Email: apen.ruiz{}


Ana Pastor Pérez

Ana Pastor Pérez is an archaeologist, curator in archaeology and cultural heritage manager. She is now participating as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona in the CURBATHERI “Deep Cities” project, led by the Norwegian Conservation Institute. After a few years working as a curator, she returned to the university to follow a master’s degree in Cultural Heritage thanks to a grant from the Caixa Foundation and continued with a doctorate at the University of Barcelona focused on the application of ethnographic techniques for the conservation of urban spaces. Her aim is to develop new systems for managing cultural heritage that take into account the needs of society and balance them with the preservation of archaeological remains. She explores new systems for giving a voice to those who do not have time to participate in public heritage management.

Experience: Heritage Management, Archaeological Conservation,Preventive Conservation, Archaeologial Restoration, Social Conservation,  Social Conservation; Ethnography; Participative Processes.

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Email: a.pastor.restaura{}


Amilcar Vargas

Amilcar VargasI am a PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona with a research on Community participation in Archaeological World Heritage Sites in Mexico. I studied an MA in Cultural Heritage Management  and Museology (2015) and an MA in Management of Cultural Institutions and Businesses (2013), both at the University of Barcelona, Spain. I studied my BA in Archaeology at the University of Veracruz, México (2007).  In Barcelona I led the project “Cultural Itineraries and Brand Management at World Heritage Sites in Catalonia” for the Friends of UNESCO Association (2013). I worked for Gaudi’s Casa Batlló in 2013, where I organized the Strategic Management Plan and Periodic Report to be submitted to UNESCO in 2014. I was a tutor on the Post-graduate Programme in International Cultural Cooperation and Management at the University of Barcelona (2013-2014). I collaborated with the World Heritage site “Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana” for its periodic report to UNESCO (2014). I was a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP) and was granted by the Science and Technology National Council (CONACYT) from Mexico (2013-2015 and 2016-2018). In 2015 I did a six-months internship at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, funded by an Erasmus+ scholarship.

Experience: World Heritage Management, Social Engagement on Cultural Projects, Museums.

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Email: amilcarvargas{}

Mathieu Picas

Mathieu Picas

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. My research focuses on the relationship between identity and cultural heritage in Mesoamerica.  I did a BA in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilizations with a specialization in Latin America and an MA by research, both at the University of Pau (France). In 2011-2012 I was an assistant professor  at the University of Quintana Roo. After this, I went back to university to study an MA in Intercultural Relations and International Cooperation at the University of Lille 3 Charles De Gaulle (France) . As part of the latter program, I was awarded the Nord-Pas-de-Calais mobility scholarship to work as an intern for the United Nations Development Program. In Nicaragua I was given the responsibility to coordinate all ongoing activities related to social inclusion, rural development, capacity-building and climate change adaptation. In 2016 I was a World Heritage Volunteer for the INAH/UNESCO project, Young Guardians of Teotihuacan, at the Archeological Site of Teotihuacan, Mexico. My research deals with indigenous peoples and minorities self-determination claims in Central America and Mexico.

Experience: Heritage, Identity, Ancestral knowledge, Indigenous People´s social and political participation, community project evaluation.

Professional Social Networks:  Orcid;; researchGate

Email: mathieu.picas{}

José Paulo Francisco

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. My research focuses on the prehistoric rock art site of the Côa Valley in Portugal and the neighbouring site of Siega Verde in Spain. I am particularly interested in the cross-border cooperation between Portugal and Spain concerning the management of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In 2006, I completed an MA in Archaeological Heritage at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Three years later, I received a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Prehistory from the University of Salamanca (Spain), for an investigation that explored the prehistoric landscape and rock art of the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley. I am a founder member of the “Ribacvdana” – Border Association for Community Development, an NGO which is devoted to heritage projects and is based in the Côa Valley. Here I coordinate the project “CÔA, the river that unites us”.

Experience: Community Archaeology, Rock art, Heritage management, Community participation, Cultural projects

Email: josepaulofrancisco32{}


Camila Opazo

Camila Opazo Sepúlveda

I am a PhD student at the University of Barcelona (UB), where I also had my master degree in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology. My research interest are post/decolonial studies, feminism and intercultural perspective in heritage.

In recent years I have been dedicated to the research of heritage and memories of colonialism, focusing on the management of archeological and ethnographic collections in museums, and the transformations of public monuments in post-colonial cities. I have also participated in the field of museums and cultural centers in Barcelona, in collaboration with migrants communities. My enrolment at the UB was facilitated by the grants Becas Chile ANID.

I have been graduated from the University of Chile with a BA degree in Archaeology. I have been linked to various research and management projects in which I closely collaborated with indigenous and local communities in Chile, developing strategies to identify and protect their cultural heritage through collective memory, cultural identity, ethnography and archaeology.

Experience: Heritage, Indigenous peoples, Memory, Identity, Participatory archaeology, Education in archaeology

Professional Social

Email: cami.opazos{}

Margarita Gómez Salas de Schetter

I graduated as an architect at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, and I have developed a career as a territorial planner and culture manager acquiring wide-spanning international professional experience. I work as a trainer and consultant, as well as university lecturer and researcher. My work focuses on the close bond between territory and culture and I understand heritage as the foundation in the process of land planning and management. In Mozambique, as external consultant for the UNESCO Joint Programme for Strengthening Cultural and Creative Industries and Inclusive Policies in Mozambique 2008-2011 I have trained local authorities and communities in the inventory and mapping of cultural assets and the elaboration of cultural-based projects. As founder of desenho, I have designed and implemented the movie festivals ‘cinemameu’ in Mozambique and ‘cinema’ in Malawi (2010-2015). From 2007 to 2011 I developed the syllabus, curricula and taught disciplines like Interpretation of Cultural Heritage and Territorial Planning at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.

As an advisor on behalf of the GIZ (2001-2014) to Inhambane Municipality, I was given the task of dealing with both territorial management and the elaboration of relevant policies. In the Dominican Republic, as a CIM integrated expert I assisted the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in territorial environmental planning and natural resources management (2016-2018). During those years I also lectured on Urban Design at the Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña. I am currently conducting research on place identity, and culture and heritage management on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Island of Mozambique.

Experience: Territorial environmental planning, land use planning, culture and heritage management

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Neemias Santos da Rosa

I graduated in History at the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil) in 2010. Then, I moved to Europe to study a MA in Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal), which I completed in 2012. Afterwards, I finished my PhD in Quaternary and Prehistory at the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain) in 2019. Currently, I am a Junior Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Barcelona. Throughout my professional career, I have been researching the technological, social and symbolic aspects of post-Paleolithic rock art of the Iberian Peninsula. However, I also worked for many years in commercial archaeology, carrying out excavations and heritage education activities to minimize the severe impacts generated by the construction of large enterprise projects on the culture and identity of traditional communities.

Experience: Prehistoric Archaeology, Rock Art, Material Culture, Heritage.

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Blanca Pascual Martín

Blanca Pascual Martín

I have a degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (University of Barcelona, 2012-2016) and I am currently taking an MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology at the University of Barcelona. During 2020, I undertook an internship at the Catalan Agency of Cultural Heritage (Agència Catalana de Patrimoni Cultural) participating in a programme entailing the digitalisation of 3D models of Catalan cultural heritage. My recent training has involved several courses on the virtualisation of heritage techniques, among which I would like to highlight Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry. I am currently working on my MA’s dissertation under the tutorship of Dr. Margarita Díaz-Andreu and Dr. Ana Pastor Pérez (University of Barcelona). The main scope of my research is related to planning, developing and socialising heritage virtualisation within the framework of local museums, focusing on the case study of the Museum of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona province, Catalonia).  From next January I will also be collaborating as a junior researcher on the JPI-CH CURBATHERI “Deep Cities” project, exploring the opportunities that digital techniques applied to heritage management can offer to social stakeholders (

Experience: Conservation, wall-paintings and stone, restoration, archaeological restoration, heritage, digitalisation, heritage, virtualisation, photogrammetry.

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Paloma Zarzuela

Paloma Zarzuela. GAPP team memberI have a Bachelor degree in Archaeology (2017) from the University Complutense of Madrid and given my commitment to enlighten and share knowledge about the past I enrolled for a Masters in Teaching Social Sciences at the University Rey Juan Carlos (2019) .

As a student, I received an Erasmus grant to study during two terms at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). This experience allowed me to focus on my particular interests and develop my own areas of expertise. Afterwards, I gained some initial professional experience at the University of Hradec Králové (Czech Republic) where I did a two-months internship funded by an Erasmus+ scholarship.

Since I graduated I have been working as an archaeologist in the Heritage sector. As a freelance archaeologist in Spain I was employed by archaeological companies and private clients where I developed and performed different projects throughout the country. In 2019 an interesting opportunity arose to develop my skills in Roscommon (Ireland). The specific difficulties of this project have given me a broader view of archaeology.

Besides, I am a member of CRAS – Centro Revolucionario de Arqueología Social, a group based in La Tabacalera de Lavapiés (Madrid) where people from various professional backgrounds try to make archaeology and heritage more accessible to the public.

My interests include public archaeology, participatory processes and feminist and gender archaeology. I am also a member of the new UB project ArqueólogAs which focuses on a critical analysis of the role of women in Spanish archaeology, from the professionalisation of the discipline in the 19th century to the present day.

Experience: Heritage management, history of archaeology, participative processes.

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Email: palomazg16{}

Associate Members

Laura Coltofean-Arizancu

Laura ColtofeanI am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona. Previously, I was a museum curator for six years (2012-2018) at the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, which is the first public museum in present-day Romania, opened in 1817. Here I was in charge of the prints and drawings collection which comprises an impressive number of approximately thirteen thousand works of art from the 16th to the 21st century. I have experience in prehistoric archaeology, the history of archaeology, museology, cultural heritage management, communication and education, curating exhibitions, and filmmaking. I have actively participated in fourteen research and cultural projects, both international and national, and have curated twelve temporary exhibitions. I have also managed three cultural projects which were included in the 2017 and 2018 Cultural Agenda of the Municipality of Sibiu, Romania. From 2012 to 2015, I was involved in the film projects of film director and producer Günter Czernetzky which focused on the tangible and intangible heritage of the Transylvanian Saxon villages of Romania. In 2014, I was appointed editor-in-chief of these film projects.

Experience: Cultural heritage management, communication and education; Museology; Curating exhibitions; History of archaeology; Prehistoric archaeology; Video production.

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Bárbara Molina

Bárbara Molina

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona. My research focuses on World Heritage historic city centers management and its interaction with sociocultural dimensions of sustainability. I graduated from the University of Cuenca (Ecuador) with a BA degree in History. In 2008 I was fellow intern at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum, where I worked at the Cultural Arts Department. During the internship I collaborated as a researcher with the Smithsonian’s Inca road project. Back in Ecuador (2009) I worked as an assistant professor at the University of Azuay lecturing on cultural studies and, from 2011 to 2013, at the University of Cuenca lecturing on Museology. During this period I was involved in government projects related to local history and museums. After my MA in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology at the University of Barcelona, I was accepted into the doctoral programme at the same university. My research is funded by a research grant from the Ecuadorian National Secretary of Higher Education and Technology (SENESCYT). Currently I am a member of GAPP and ICOM Ecuador.

Experience: Heritage Management, Historic Centers, Sustainability, Museums, Community Participation.
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Email: baramonei{}

Leslie Zubieta Calvert

Throughout my professional career, I have participated in various research and cultural management projects in Australia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia collaborating closely with the indigenous people of those countries while developing strategies to protect their cultural heritage. I graduated in archaeology with distinction in the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City (2002) and earned an MSc in rock art (2004) and a doctorate by the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa (2009). I have enjoyed research stays in Austin (USA), Paris, Périgueux and Toulouse (France). I acted as the project leader of a Heritage Conservation Management Plan of engraving sites in the Port Hedland area, in north-western Australia at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management (CRAR+M), University of Western Australia (UWA) (2013-2015) and I am one of the CIs of the Kimberley Visions ARC Linkage Project. I hold Honorary Research Fellow positions at both Wits and UWA. My research focuses on rock art, material culture, gender and memory and one of my major contributions has been my study of the ways in which Cheŵa women used rock art in south-central Africa, suggesting that art plays a fundamental role in the intergenerational transmission of cultural knowledge. In particular, my attention has focused on the functionality and symbolic intersection of rock art and plastic arts in the initiation ceremonies of girls in Cheŵa society and which methodological framework I am developing to understand memorization techniques in different contexts. I am currently developing a Marie Sklodowska-Curie MEMORISING project at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Barcelona funded by the European Commission.

Experience: Rock Art, Ethnoarchaeology, Gender, Material Culture, Memory, Management Plans

Professional Social NetworksAcademia.eduLinkedIn, ResearchGate, ORCID

Email: leslazu{}; leslie.zubieta{}

Past members

Ana María Alarcón Jiménez

I am a Junior Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona. I finished my B.A. in Music at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and my M.A. in Music (Critical Studies/Experimental Practices) at the University of California in San Diego. I completed a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. My dissertation investigated musical practices as intangible heritage. In particular, I examined Galician musical practices in the coastal town of Ortigueira, Spain. The management of culture heritage was at the heart of my concerns for I looked at the social construction and production of a music festival, the International Festival of the Celtic World annually held at Ortigueira. I have been involved in many musical workshops with the general public, both with children and adults. I was the coordinator of the Outreach Program of the Music Department of the University of California in San Diego. I am currently based at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona, where I am in charge of the outreach activities of the Artsoundscapes Project.

Experience: Intangible heritage, Community participation, Heritage and identity, Cultural projects

Email: am.alarconjimenez{}

Qian Gao

QianIn September 2016 I completed my PhD on “World Heritage, Archaeological Tourism and Social Value in China” at the the University of Barcelona (UB, supervised by Prof. Margarita Diaz-Andreu). I am now a post-doc anniversary fellow at the University of Stirling. Before, I did an MA in Archaeology, specializing in prehistoric art (Durham University, United Kingdom, 2010/2011, Distinction) and a BA at the Communication University of China in Beijing (2009). My publications include four articles respectively on 1) the interpretation of rock art heritage in Southwest China (Rock Art Research 2013), 2) challenges in archaeological tourism in China (International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 2016), 3) Social values and archaeological heritage (European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 2016) and Social values and rock art tourism (Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, forthcoming 2016). I have obtained a three-year PhD funding from the AGAUR (Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (Agència de Gestió d´Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca) (2013-2016). I was a member of the International Study Group on the Heritage Status of Aboriginal Cultural Property funded by the Quebec Funding for Research of Society and Culture (FQRSC). Besides, I was part of the Rock Art Research Task Group in which rock art heritage is a central concern and gave a talk on the subject of Chinese rock art heritage at the group’s meeting organised at Durham University in May 2009. I was also a member of the EU-funded Heritage Values Network project (JPI-JHEP) (2014-15).

Experience: Heritage management, Archaeological tourism, Rock Art.

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Email: sarahqiangao{}

Tommaso Mattioli

I am a former Marie Skłodowska-Curie Post-Doc Fellow at the Facultat de Geografia i Història in the University of Barcelona. Before this I spent most of my career studying and/or researching at the University of Perugia and the University of Rome La Sapienza. Graduated in 2005 at the University of Perugia, for the following five years I was attached to the Chair of European Protohistory. From 2007 to 2010 the University of Perugia funded my PhD project at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with two prestigious research fellowships, for which I undertook a systematic study of painted of the Italian peninsula. In 2010 I finished my PhD with a dissertation about the rock art of the Apennines. I am still linked to the University of Perugia as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical prospections at the S.M.A.Art Center (Center for Scientific Methodologies Applied to Archaeology and History of Art) becoming professionally prepared and skilled in archaeological surveys by the means of georadar, magnetometry, ERT and resistance meter. Since 2006, I also started to work as a commercial archaeologist in geophysical research ( From 2011 to 2013 I was periodically hired to develop the geodatabase “Archaeological Map of Umbria” by the Regione Umbria and the Archaeological Superintendency, the two authorities responsible for managing all archaeological heritage of the Umbria region. As an independent archaeologist I organized many activities for the public in museums and schools in Italy.

Experience: Heritage Communication, Rock Art, geophysics, GIS, Prehistory, Archaeacoustics

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Email: mattioli_tommaso{}

Brígida M. Montero Cejas

I am a candidate for a doctorate at the University of Barcelona within the Doctorate Program in Society and Culture: History, Anthropology, Arts and Heritage in line 4 (Culture Management and Heritage). My research focuses on the study of the patrimonialization of the architecture of iron in Barcelona at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, specifically between the two universal exhibitions 1888 and 1929. It also deals with how the conservation of these buildings has been managed in later periods and the decisions on what to preserve and in what form. I graduated in Art History from the University of Barcelona and completed a Diploma in Technical Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia 1994-1999 and a Degree in Building Engineering at the University of Architecture La Salle de Barcelona (2009-2010). During my professional career I have collaborated with the Institute of Catalan Studies of Barcelona, specifically with the Department of Romanesque Heritage, in the publication of the book Les esglésies preromàniques i romàniques de la Vall Ferrera i la Coma de Burg (2004). I have also worked (2002-2008) as a building engineer in projects and work execution in the change of use and conversion of old factories and catalogued buildings of Barcelona.

Experience: Heritage management, Romanesque art. Projects and work execution of catalogued buildings. Survey planimetry of uncatalogued pre-Romanesque churches.

Email: brigidamaria44{}