MSCA Individual Fellowship

Manal Ginzarly, awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie IF research grant for her project LANDSCAPEforCHANGE


The "LANDSCAPEforCHANGE" project, led by Manal Ginzarly, a post-doctoral student at the LEMA (UEE / School of Engineering) at the University of Liège, addresses the conservation and management of cultural heritage in the context of climate change. Manal Ginzarly will be supervised by Professor Jacques Teller, director of LEMA (Local Environment Management and Analysis).


he LANDSCAPEforCHANGE project aims to go beyond the traditional differentiation between tangible and intangible heritage and approaches the city as a living heritage. Accordingly, this project seeks to develop a methodological framework centred on the inhabitants of the landscape that recognises the active role of communities in the co-production of local knowledge. LANDSCAPEforCHANGE proposes a framework that integrates different perspectives from different disciplines, including scientific, social and human approaches, as well as cultural and natural heritage perspectives. Therefore, it is structured around several axes to address physical environments, landscape perceptions, cultural values, digital heritage practices and the vulnerability of cultural heritage to climate change.

To address the complex nature of cultural heritage, the project aims to apply an innovative method that incorporates social media metadata and traditional data sources and integrates qualitative, quantitative, geographical and visual analyses as well as machine learning techniques. In doing so, it seeks to map how different stakeholder groups value heritage in the context of climate change and to assess the vulnerability of heritage and its associated values to climate change. The innovative aspect of this proposal is the use of digital technologies to involve local communities in the assessment of heritage values and heritage management recommendations in order to foster a sense of community ownership of the local heritage landscape from the ground up. The innovation of this project lies in combining the concepts of physical vulnerability and risk management with a multi-dimensional approach to resilience focusing on the particularity of cultural heritage resilience. The results should lead to recommendations for the integration of policies and practices for heritage management, sustainable urban development and climate governance.

About Manal Ginzarly

After completing a Master's degree in Urban Planning at the American University of Beirut, Manal Ginzarly received a NON-FRIA PhD scholarship from the University of Liege. During her PhD programme, she developed advanced quantitative and qualitative analytical skills. Her research combines sustainable urban development, urban governance and heritage management. In her research, she approaches the city as a living heritage and focuses on the construction and definition of heritage by people and on the co-production of knowledge about heritage. She works on methodological approaches using social media to encourage civic engagement in urban management and to provide additional knowledge about everyday landscapes and the diversity of heritage places and attributes. She has published the results of her research in peer-reviewed journals that contribute to different disciplines, including habitat international, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of cultural heritage, Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Poetics, Journal of tourism, culture and communication, and journal of heritage tourism.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are European postdoctoral fellowships of excellence awarded to outstanding researchers wishing to develop their scientific career through a mobility experience in Europe rich in scientific exchange and learning.

The University of Liège has already been awarded several dozen projects of excellence funded by this programme.

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