SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Elia Quijano Quinones

PhD student, University College London

Project Title 

Analysis of the impact of community-based heritage conservation: the case of contemporary Mayan communities in Yucatán, Mexico

Background & Summary of Project

The aim of this project is to develop a methodological approach to investigate the degree to which current policies regarding the community-based approach in heritage conservation can enhance social capital. This research will use three contemporary Mayan communities in Yucatan, Mexico as a case study, which has participated in heritage conservation projects implemented by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). A fourth community with no previous history of participation in heritage conservation will be used as a control case. In this research, the application of advanced statistical methods is critical for determining the social performance of the community-based approach in heritage conservation. 



 Chapter 10: Heritage conservation as a social process: Assessing social impacts of participatory cultural heritage conservation. Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Heritage (2022)