School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Staff Profile

Dr Loes Veldpaus

Senior Research Associate


The questions driving my research, are around understandings of the political nature of heritage, and what people think heritage is and does. So, I look at how principal actors in heritage and planning see their own roles and responsibilities, as well as the roles and agencies of the buildings, policies, and practices. Building on this, I use intersectional feminist theory to explore new theoretical avenues and framings to change common practices and reimagine heritage planning.

I am currently the lead researcher and Co-I on OpenHeritage (2018-2022) funded under H2020), a ‘Research and Innovation Action’ project, where we look at the practices, processes, and policies of adaptive heritage re-use. Our aim here is to experiment with co-creative, participatory, finance, and management innovations, whilst reflecting on them in a constructive and critical manner. 

From April 2021 I will start a new project, CONSIDER (led by Prof Yonca Erkan), funded under MSCA RISE focussing on the planning and politics of post-industrial cities (2021-2025).

I am co-lead on the Gender and Diversity Theme in the 'OurWorldHeritage' initiative. If you want to be involved in this innitiative, do get in touch!

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twitter: @loena 


We were awarded an H2020 project (2018-2022; 48 months, €5 million) called OpenHeritage : Organizing, Promoting and ENabling HEritage Re-use through Inclusion, Technology, Access, Governance and Empowerment. This interdisciplinary project, in collaboration with 15 partners across 11 European countries, aims to further understandings and experiences of inclusive and innovative governance of adaptive heritage re-use (with John Pendlebury). We also work on a research project on Brexit and heritage

I am co-editing a book "Research Agenda for Heritage Planning in Europe", funded by the Dutch Heritage Agency (with Eva Stegmeijer). The book will be published in 2021, in the Edward Elgar ‘Research Agenda’ series.

I previously worked on a project on conservation planning in Europe, the final report can be found here. I worked on case studies in the North East of England.  

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome any postgraduate applications to study issues that with fit with those research interests


Byung Choon Hwang: Community-led heritage regeneration in Korea

Gulnur Cengiz: Stories and landscapes: Blaenavon's industrial heritage


my teaching include 

ARC8065 : Cities and Culture

TCP7024 : Conservation and the City (module leader)

Dissertation tutor TCP3099TCP8099 

Guest lecturer MA International Heritage Management at and Durham University (annual seminar since 2013)


APL2002 : Alternative practice: European Fieldtrip (field trip leader 2017)

TCP8024 : Consultancy Project (group tutor 2017)

Guest lectures to TCP8911, TCP2023, and APL1001

In 2014, I obtained my Dutch University Teaching Qualification (VSNU, TU/e).