Institute of Archaeology


Marilena Alivizatou - Honorary Lecturer

Marilena Alivizatou

Name: Dr Marilena Alivizatou

Honorary Title: Honorary Lecturer

Email: m.alivizatou@ucl.ac.uk

IoA staff nominator’s name and email address:

Beverley Butler beverley.butler@ucl.ac.uk


IoA involvement:

Marilena is a cultural heritage researcher specialising in intangible heritage, critical museology and participatory, community-based methodologies. Her work spans academic research, heritage policy and grassroot actions, focusing on the implementation of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in museums, heritage organisations and civil society. Marilena holds a PhD in heritage and museum studies from UCL and has worked as researcher and advisor on intangible heritage, including digital intangible heritage, with a broad range of museums, heritage and community organisations in Europe, Southeast Asia, USA, Pacific and the Middle East. Further details on UCL Profiles and Academia.edu.

She is involved in teaching and student supervision for the MA in Cultural Heritage Studies.


Selected Publications


Alivizatou, M. 2021. Intangible Heritage and Participation: Encounters with Safeguarding Practices. London, New York: Routledge.

Alivizatou, M. 2012. Intangible Heritage and the Museum: New Perspectives on Cultural Preservation. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press/ Routledge.

Translated in Thai by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Bangkok, 2020:

มรดกวัฒนธรรมที่ไม่เป็นกายภาพกับพิพิธภัณฑ์ : มุมมองใหม่ในการอนุรักษ์วัฒนธรรม = Intangible heritage and the museum : New perspectives on cultural preservation / Marilena Alivizatou ; เทียมสูรย์ สิริศรีศักดิ์, ชีวสิทธิ์ บุณยเกียรติ และ ภัทรภร ภู่ทอง, ผู้แปล.

Research Papers

Alivizatou, M. (forthcoming). Repurposing Intangible Heritage: Convergence, Creativity and Community Empowerment post-Covid 19, in Critical Issues in Cultural Heritage

Alivizatou, M. 2019. Digital Intangible Heritage: Inventories, Virtual Learning and Participation, in Heritage & Society 12: 2-3, 116-135