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Integrated risk assessment for cultural heritage sites: a holistic support tool for decision-making

Matiz Lopez, Paula Jimena (2016) Integrated risk assessment for cultural heritage sites: a holistic support tool for decision-making. Advisor: Zocchi, Prof. Andrea. pp. 214. [IMT PhD Thesis]

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Abstract

The majority of the studies related to risk or the risk management of cultural heritage focus on natural hazards and armed conflict. However, cultural heritage sites face new and numerous threats that jeopardize their conservation. Currently, risk assessment focuses on specific cases of potential damage and hazards, and fails to take into account the interdependence between risk factors, causes, and management. This situation is compounded by the fact that the field of cultural heritage does not tend to operate a “culture of assessment” in which decisions are taken in an informed way. For this reason, the aim of this research is to propose an integrated management support tool for the identification and prioritization of risk factors in the conservation of cultural heritage sites. In order to achieve this objective, the research approaches the conception of risk used in the cultural heritage context, and offers a new definition. This research highlights the importance of conservation in terms of the preservation of values. This work adds to the field by explaining how these values can be merged with a “value-oriented approach” in decision-making. In managerial terms, this work also refers to the international standard for risk management and explains how to apply such concepts to the context of cultural heritage. This research constructs a holistic approach and defines the cultural heritage site as a complex system. From this perspective, this study proposes multiple-criteria methods for the realization of an integrated risk assessment for cultural heritage sites, suggesting the application of a rationale behind the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and the Analytic Network Process (ANP) as tools for the integration of elements in risk management. In this sense, the methodology allows for links of interdependence to be established among the varying potential threats. It also provides support for decision-making in terms of the conservation of cultural heritage sites. Finally, this work concludes by indicating the benefits and challenges found in the use of multiple-criteria methods for the prioritizing of actions in risk management

Item Type: IMT PhD Thesis
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
PhD Course: Management and Development of Cultural Heritage
Identification Number: 10.6092/imtlucca/e-theses/195
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2016 10:54
URI: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/195

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