Gustav Wollentz UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures

New tools and methods for futures thinking

A new member has joined the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University. Dr Gustav Wollentz researches methods and practices for increasing futures thinking (and futures literacy) within the cultural heritage sector. He will be affiliated with the Chair, contributing his expertise to the unique research profile on Heritage Futures.

Dr Wollentz holds a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Kiel and has previously worked at Linnaeus University and the Kalmar County Museum. Since 2019 he has worked at the NCK, The Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity.

"Being affiliated to the UNESCO Chair is a fantastic opportunity. In my research, I am interested in how the cultural heritage sector can work more proactively towards the future. I presently work as a consultant for ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) where we focus specifically on foresight, which includes a range of methods and practices to work towards the future. Our aim is to increase future awareness within the cultural heritage sector on a global level", says Gustav Wollentz.

Professor Cornelius Holtorf holds the UNESCO Chair on Heritage Futures at Linnaeus University, and he is pleased with the new addition.

"With Gustav Wollentz, we will be able to strengthen our commitment to work with foresight on a global level. His work will contribute to developing tools and methods for creative futures thinking among heritage professionals worldwide", says Holtorf.

Photo: Jessica Bustamante