Christer Gustafsson

Advisory Committee Officer, ICOMOS

Christer Gustafsson

Advisory Committee Officer, ICOMOS


  • Full Professor in Conservation at Uppsala University, Sweden;
  • Professor (hon.) at Nanjing University in China;
  • Faculty member at Turin Faculty of Development (Politecnico di Torino and Università degli Studi di Torino);

He is also

  • ICOMOS Advisory Committee Officer;
  • Secretary-General for ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Economics of Conservation;
  • Vice chairman of the expert panel for European Heritage Label (appointed by the European Commission).

He is currently member of

  • the Task Force Bureau, an international expert group with the aim to achieve a coordinated and effective process of advocacy for the localization and monitoring of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda;
  • EU DG Research and Innovation’s steering committee for Innovators on Cultural Heritage;
  • the advisory board for the EU Horizon 2020 research project Ruritage – Cultural heritage as a driver for rural sustainable growth

He has been member of

  • the European Commission’s expert panel for a European Agenda for cultural heritage research and innovation (“Getting Heritage to Work for Europe”);
  • the expert panel to analyse of the potential future European Institute for Innovation and Technology thematic areas, societal challenges and their innovation potential; and their suitability for an EIT-Knowledge and Innovation Centre model;
  • the expert panel appointed by the EU Commission for evaluating new Flagships in Horizon 2020;
  • several of the European Commission’s expert panels concerning research and innovation, culture and cultural heritage issues, e.g. EU-China Mayors Forum, EU-Africa Summit, several EU presidency cultural heritage conferences;
  • the Board of Directors for Cultural Heritage without Borders.

His trans-disciplinary research is focusing on boundary-spanning challenges and opportunities for cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth and heritage-led innovation-driven regional/urban development. At the moment, he is engaged in the EU Horizon 2020 project CLIC – Circular Models Leveraging Investments in Cultural heritage adaptive reuse as well as research on Fields of Creative Powers. He was also one of the founders of the Halland Model.

All sessions by Christer Gustafsson

Keynote: Christer Gustafsson

9:45 am-10:30 am