Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe


Call for Existing Data and Studies

on the Impacts of Cultural Heritage


Deadline: 30 June 2014


The project Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe is a two-year project funded by the EU Culture Programme (2007-2013) that aims to raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage and present policy recommendations for tapping into heritage’s full potential.


Project partners will gather, analyze, consolidate and widely disseminate the existing data on the impact of cultural heritage – i.e. the social, economic, cultural as well as environmental impact. The result will be a European mapping of both qualitative and quantitative evidence-based research carried out at the European, national, regional, local and/or sectorial levels.


Having started the collection in early 2014, the project partners would be grateful for data and studies, in particular from the following countries which are underrepresented at this time: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta. Nevertheless, additional studies from other countries are still very welcome!


In order to collect as many data and evaluation studies of cases or projects as possible,



WHAT can I contribute?


This research considers the impact of the historic environment. It takes the immovable or built heritage as a starting point, whilst taking into account that cultural heritage is currently considered as a broad concept including the tangible as well as the intangible.


More in particular, we ask for:

  • Studies indicating that immovable cultural heritage (or heritage in general) has a social, cultural, environmental and/or economic impact (studies can thus prove impact on one or more of these areas);
  • Impact assessments of cultural heritage on European, national, regional or local level;
  • Impact assessments published as a report, in books, or as an article in international peer reviewed journals, etc.
  • Contact details for key persons in regard to this topic
  • Websites
  • Etc.


HOW can I contribute?


If you have knowledge of impact studies, we kindly ask you to complete this simple online tool, especially where it concerns a study in another language than English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch or Polish. Studies can also be sent to us by e-mail (via for pdfs, word docs, links to webpages, etc.) or by ordinary mail (hard copies) to:


KULeuven Faculty of Engineering

Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC)

Sigrid Van der Auwera

Kasteelpark Arenberg 1 - bus 02431

B-3001 Leuven (Heverlee)


WHY should I contribute?


Help raise greater awareness on the multiple benefits of cultural heritage! Your contributions will help project partners to analyze the research already undertaken in Europe on the impact of cultural heritage. This mapping will be presented in a spreadsheet which will allow researchers to include and analyze relevant data (reference, impact domain, sub-domain, indicators used, summary of main arguments to prove impact, etc.) of these studies. This data will enable project partners to present an overview of social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of immovable cultural heritage to develop policy recommendations, to define shortcomings in existing research in Europe and to recommend a future research agenda on the topic for Europe.


Join the growing number of

academics, researchers, cultural operators and public authorities

who have contributed existing research and studies

on the impacts of cultural heritage!


Make your contributions by

30 June 2014!


The project consortium is composed of six partners: ENCATC, Europa Nostra (project leader), Heritage Europe-EAHTR (European Association of Historic Towns and Regions, UK), ENCATC member, The International Cultural Centre (Krakow, Poland), The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC, KU Leuven, Belgium), and The Heritage Alliance (as associate partner from England, UK).


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