Pia Edqvist

Co-Director of Social Sustainability

Pia currently works as an archaeological conservator at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway. The work consists of active conservation treatment of both inorganic and organic materials. In addition, tasks also relate to exhibitions, incoming and outgoing loan, courier duties, preventive conservation and revision of stored collections.

Pia has worked within the heritage sector for a number of years with the active and preventive conservation of archaeological material, antiquities and ethnographic collections. Her experiences are wide and so are her interests, from fieldwork in Egypt and the Arctic Circle, she has cared for large collections in England, at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London, and in Cambridge at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

Pia has a special interest in human rights, ethics and sustainability. She wants to promote the diverse ways in which heritage conservation can make a difference to a broader social context. Conservation can be a advocate for change and Pia believes diversity, inclusion and access is key words in making change happen.

Pia is currently a member of the working group ‘Heritage and identity’ within the project ‘Heritage Experience Initiative’ (2019-2023) at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Social Sustainability in heritage conservation refer to social aspects and their role in the conservation of cultural heritage. In this context the concept of social sustainability focus on aspects such as quality, place, identity, social equity, access and community participation. This section on social sustainability will inspire, broaden perspectives and assist in creating tangible actions in forming a more sustainable world.

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