Deirdre Prins-Solani

Deirdre is a specialist in education, culture and heritage. Her work experience over the past 3 decades has been in both the areas of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.Her on-going research explores the ways in which living heritage, memory and interior worlds can inform transformative and inclusive urban planning. She has also over the last five years begun to conduct slow, action based and qualitative research at the intersections between living heritage, biodiversity and community well-being.She is a facilitator under the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage global capacity building program. In this capacity she has conducted training across Africa, Caribbean and Asia Pacific regions in intangible cultural heritage, sustainable development and policy design.She has written and published on memory, living heritage and sustainable development. She is co-creator of the first International Council of Museums mass online course on building meaningful and inclusive museums. She has also co-written the Gender and ICH modules of the UNESCO MOOC on ICH and Sustainable Development.Her on-going work in the Mekong region includes facilitating difficult conversations and mentoring arts managers and practitioners in ethical arts practice. Her belief in culture and heritage as a catalyst for spatial justice and places of belonging for all, has led to continued collaborations with local community based organisations and legal non-governmental agencies.She holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy, cum laude, specializing in Southern Urbanism Studies.