Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP)

CHAMP is the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. CHAMP is a strategic research center dedicated to the critical study of cultural heritage and museum practices around the world. CHAMP is concerned with the political, social, and economic dimensions of heritage, particularly as these play out in tourism, site management, historic preservation, and related economic development. CHAMP advocates sustainable, equitable and ethical cultural policies that are sensitive to competing stakeholder claims.

CHAMP sponsors lectures, conferences, film series and other events. In addition, six edited volumes have been published in CHAMP’s book series with Springer Press; two other volumes are in preparation.

Almost thirty professors offer coursework in CHAMP’s areas of interest and disseminate their research widely through publication and conference participation. More than a dozen graduate students from diverse university departments pursue CHAMP’s Interdisciplinary Heritage Studies Graduate Minor and Interdisciplinary Museum Studies Graduate Minor as they achieve their major academic degrees.

CHAMP has formal agreements of collaboration with Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, UK and with the Critical Heritage Studies Network at Stockholm University, Sweden.

For more information contact: Dr. Helaine Silverman (