Presentation of the Pericles partners

PERICLES is built upon interdisciplinarity, combining the approaches, methodologies and skill sets from cultural heritage preservation, the social sciences (e.g, anthropology, sociology, geography, governance, planning, political science, economics, and tourism studies), humanities (e.g., history, film, art, linguistics, law), and spatial and environmental sciences (e.g., geoinformatics, ecology, marine and fisheries science, biology). Expertise includes communication, spatial planning, stakeholder engagement, technology, and innovation. Participants come from complementary worlds of research, academia, heritage, and regional governmental agencies.

The Universities involved in PERICLES enable a tight linkage between evidence-based research and participatory governance while guaranteeing high levels of scientific reputation. The Research Institutions ensure connections and working experience with national and international policy and governance bodies, enabling better implementation of European policies on coastal zones and maritime areas. The presence of heritage and regional governmental associations enables PERICLES to learn from the world of direct cultural heritage preservation, managing data, balancing, stakeholder and governmental policies and regulations, and with experience disseminating and communicating cultural heritage to the public. Finally, the involvement of all with the input from the Stakeholder-Scientific Advisory Committee will ensure PERICLES improves upon and keeps alive the attention and awareness of the EU citizenship about opportunities with coastal and maritime cultural heritage.

In addition to the core team of participants in PERICLES, public and private stakeholders are included in participatory workshops, citizen science initiatives and communication strategies with the goal of enabling mutual learning for sustainable and good governance of cultural heritage utilization.


The partners in the PERICLES project are listed below.

Aalborg University

Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM) is part of Department of Planning at Aalborg University (AAU). IFM is a research and advisory centre working with marine management, cultural heritage and coastal community development. In particular, IFM focuses on questions of governance and is specialised in cross-disciplinary collaboration and is frequently teaming up with colleagues from other disciplines or external stakeholders in order to develop suitable solutions. In this project IFM has joined forces with the Danish Centre for Spatial Planning (DCSP), also in the Dept. of Planning, AAU. DCSP researches spatial change processes and their governance, in particular place-based development approaches and innovations in planning.

Alyne Delaney, Associate Professor of IFM
Kristen Ounanian, Assistant Professor of IFM
Carsten Jahn Hansen, Associate Professor at Department of Planning
Carina Jensen, Administrative Project Manager


WU is part of Wageningen University and Research (WUR), which is a leading international knowledge institute in the fields of nutrition health, sustainable agricultural systems and environmental quality. The Environmental Policy Group (ENP)( of WU is part of the Social Science group (SSG)(approximately 750 employees). ENP is international leading in the field of environmental social science and policy research (15 staff members and 45 PhD students) and has organized its international research program around five core research innovation themes: sustainable urban infrastructures, marine governance, sustainable food transformations, governing environmental mobilities and governing climate futures. The Marine Governance group consists of 3 staff members and 18 PhD students.

Hilde Toonen
Machiel Lamers
Marloes Kraan
Loes Witteveen


The Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) is a multidisciplinary university based in Brest; France. Two research units of UBO are participating in the project: AMURE-Centre for the law and economics of sea ( established in 2008 as a joint research unit between CEDEM/UBO, the Maritime Economics department of Ifremer ( and CNRS, and LABERS, laboratory of studies and research in sociology (

AMURE research work focuses on the study of economic and legal dimensions of public policies related to maritime activities, development and sustainability of these activities, property rights and responsibility in marines resources/spaces and socio ecosystems/territories management strategies. UMR AMURE is member of the European Institute for Marine Studies ( More than 70 researchers, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students in economics and law are working in the unit. AMURE has a long experience in a multidisciplinary cooperation with natural and others social sciences under international and national projects. It has been involved in several EU and national funded projects. LABERS focuses its research work on health and society, territories and mobility and sociology of culturalities. It is regrouping 40 researches, post doc and PhD students. UBO is experienced in European projects management since the FP4 and is involved in eight H2020 research projects (2,5M€), in twenty FP7 projects (6 M€) and fifteen Interreg programmes (5 M€).



UHI’s Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR) is one of the UK’s leading tourism research centres. Affiliated to the School of Adventure Studies, which teaches courses in Adventure Tourism and Ecotourism, CRTR has undertaken a wide range of tourism knowledge exchange and consultancy projects, both in the UK and overseas. It is a founder member of, and co-ordinates,the Adventure Tourism Research Association, with worldwide membership – as such it is recognised widely as a major player in the industry.

It also initiated and drives the development of the Slow Adventure® marketing brand, being adopted across Europe.  Staff members have managed, or been involved in, numerous EU-funded projects on culture, heritage and tourism, through the INTERREG programmes, the Joint Programming Initiative, ERASMUS and LEADER, for example.

Dr Steve Taylor – Head of Centre
Sara Bellshaw – Projects Manager


The School of Natural and Built Environment (SNBE) at Queen’s University Belfast brings together researchers with a wide-range of expertise within diverse research clusters including: The Sustainable Built Environment, Environmental Change and Resilience, Culture and Society. Marine social science is a particularly important and growing area of expertise within SNBE. With a number of international and multidisciplinary research projects, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students studying topics related to governance, climate change, cultural heritage, and marine spatial planning in Europe, Africa and South America.

Dr. Wesley Flannery 
Dr. Brendan Murtagh
Professor Geraint Ellis
Dr. Laura Ferguson

University of Aveiro

Founded in 1973, the University of Aveiro (UAVR) is ranked among the 100 best young universities according to the Times Higher Education index. The Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) is an Associated Laboratory of the UAVR and one of the few interdisciplinary research units connecting environmental and marine sciences in the Iberian Peninsula. CESAM currently integrates 216 PhD researchers and ca. 189 PhD students, working on the functioning, biodiversity and quality of coastal and marine ecosystems. Over 1700 papers have been published during the last 5 years in international indexed journals, half of which were in collaboration with foreign institutions. The research unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP) integrates social sciences research developed in UAVR, and develops work on governance and tourism. In 2013, this unit was assessed as Excellent, being one of the top 6 units in social sciences in Portugal. GOVCOPP integrates 118 PhD researchers and 59 PhD students, working on, amongst other topics, economics a tourism in coastal areas.

Dr. Cristina Pita, Assistant Researcher
Dr. Fátima Alves, Assistant Professor
Dr. Filomena Martins, Associate Professor
Dr. Ana Lillebo, Principal Researcher
Prof. Carlos Costa, Professor. Head of DEGEIT and of the Tourism Research Group in GOVCOPP
Dr. Helena Albuquerque, Researcher at GOVCOPP
Margarida Ferreira da Silva. Research fellow.  



SAMS is one of the world’s oldest marine research institutes in Europe with extensive expertise in both deep sea and coastal research. It currently has an annual budget of around £11M and employs around 50 Principal Investigators, 100 support and technical staff, 12 research fellows and 30-40 full-time post-graduate research students. Research is organised around three themes: Ocean Systems, Dynamic Coasts and Blue Economy. The Dynamic Coasts research theme brings together SAMS social and natural scientists studying human interactions with the marine environment. Across all three themes, there is close collaboration with public and private sector partners including in fisheries, tourism, energy, heritage and nature conservation. SAMS also delivers under-graduate education as a key partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands with around 130 students presently enrolled in the Marine Science degree program. SAMS will undertake research in the Scottish-Irish case region and contribute marine and fisheries science knowledge.

Dr Clive Fox (Fisheries Science)
Dr Simone Martino (Resource Economics)


National Heritage Board of Estonia

The National Heritage Board of Estonia (MKA) is a governmental authority operating in the area of government of the Ministry of Culture and representing the state in the performance of its duties. Its main duty is to organize heritage conservation work. The mission of MKA is emphasizing the value of cultural heritage, including environments of cultural value, and ensuring their preservation for future generations. The MKA is a member of the Monitoring Group on Cultural Heritage in the Baltic Sea State -, of the working group of the Baltic Sea Region Underwater Cultural Heritage Protection and of the European Archaeological Council Underwater Heritage working group. The MKA holds experience with underwater data acquisition by using non-destructive methods and has placed great emphasis on trying to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving underwater cultural heritage. The MKA is directly connected to the relevant national maritime spatial planning processes. The MKA has been a lead partner in several international projects for example the lead partner in a Central Baltic INTERREG IVA Programme: Shipwreck Heritage: Digitizing and Opening Access to Maritime History Sources“, SHIPWHER, 2010-2013. The MKA has been the lead partner for two seed money projects: 1) Evaluating the Universal Value of the Submerged Heritage of the Baltic Sea (USHer), 2014-2016 and Collaboration and Development of new Methods for the Preservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage (CODEUCH) 2014-2015.



The Syndicat Mixte for the management of the Regional Natural Park of the Gulf of Morbihan (PNR Golfe du Morbihan) is a grouping of local authorities that have approved the charter of the Regional Natural Park and that is responsible to administer it. The members are Brittany Region, Morbihan Department, 29 municipalities and 5 public institutions for intermunicipal cooperation (EPCI). The PNR was created by ministerial decree in 2014, after 20 years of cooperation to protect and promote natural and cultural assets under the leadership of the inter-municipal syndicate for the development of the Gulf of Morbihan (SIAGM).

PNR will participate in transversal activities that deal with understanding of maritime and coastal cultural heritage , the production of a Risk Assessment and Sustainable Exploitation Framework and development of stakeholder networks. It will also lead or participate in demonstration activities in the Brittany case-study in collaboration with UBO.Its experience and dynamism will provide bench marking references for many of the tools to be developed in the project and a unique laboratory for new developments in the areas of mapping and inventories, risk assessment, education and awareness raising, promotion through branding and stakeholders involvement.


Hellenic Fisheries Research Institute

HAO-Fisheries Research Institute (F.R.I.) is one of the five specialized research institutes of N.AG.RE.F (National Agricultural Research Foundation), being responsible to conduct research and to promote technological development in the fisheries sector in Greece. The Institute is located at the centre of a marine area with rich fishing grounds and high biodiversity in the lagoons, lakes and rivers of NE Aegean. The research activities of F.R.I. cover a wide range of fields in the marine and coastal research and applications sector. F.R.I. participates in many EU and national research programmesThese are the main funding source for its research activities. It coordinates the Greek National Fisheries Data Collection Programme that collects all data on and monitors professional and articinal fisheries, fish farming, processing industry and the socio-economic variables of fisheries. F.R.I.  has considerableexperience on areas relevant to coastal cultural heritage (e.g. MESFIDE, COASTAL) and strong contacts with both the fishing communities and local and national stakeholders which have been cultuvated since its establishment in 1993.

Manos Koutrakis
Dimitra Mylona
Argyris Sapounidis



The University of York is a leading research-intensive University in the north of England, ranked in the world’s top 100 for arts and humanities, social science and life sciences. The York team is based in the Department of Environment and Geography and the Stockholm Environment Institute at York, bringing together expertise in ecological economics, public participation and deliberative governance of the environment, cultural studies and archaeology, and spatial sciences. York will lead work package 4, Methods and Tools, and work package 6, stakeholder engagement, and will support Aalborg University in coordination of the project. York will also develop the interactive participatory mapping portal.

Dr Jasper Kenter (Ecological Economics, PERICLES Deputy Coordinator, Lead WP4)
Elaine Azzopardi (Nature-Culture interactions and Archaeology, Lead WP6)
Dr Simone Martino (Resource Economics)
Innes Anderson-Morrison (GIS Software Developer)
Dr Howard Cambridge (Geography)


This project has received funding from the European Commission Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 770504