Rebecca Staats completed her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Sydney before moving to the UK for a Master of Arts in International Cultural Heritage Management at Durham University. Rebecca is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, exploring the role of heritage in economic growth and social renewal. Her research project is part of the HERILAND College for Heritage Planning, a pan-European research and training network on cultural heritage in relation to Spatial Planning and Design.
I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to research within the fields of heritage, planning and place branding. In particular I am interested in contributing to sustainable models for incorporating heritage into our present and future environments.
This research uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore new ways of thinking about effective and sustainable uses of the heritage resource. This PhD explores links between heritage management, place branding and planning, and seeks to address the gap between theory and practice.