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Professor of Heritage, University of Kent

Sophia Labadi is professor of heritage at the University of Kent in the UK. Much of Professor Labadi’s research focuses on how heritage sites and museums can address some of the most pressing global challenges, including social justice, gender equality or sustainable development. Her research is nourished by her experiences as a consultant for international organisations and governments, including Unesco. Professor Labadi’s books include Heritage and Globalisation (co-edited with Colin Long, Routledge, 2010); UNESCO, Cultural Heritage and Outstanding Universal Value (AltaMira Press, 2012); Urban Heritage, Development and Sustainability (co-edited with Bill Logan, Routledge 2015); and The Cultural Turn in International Aid (Routledge, 2019). Her work has received many prizes, including the 2022 European Archaeological Heritage Prize from the European Association of Archaeologists.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology, University of Kent