Mercator Kolleg fŸr internationale Aufgaben, Portraitaufnahmen und Gruppenfoto beim Vorbereitungsseminar am 07. Juli 2010 in Potsdam, FŸr Oliver Hack, Projektmanager Internationale VerstŠndigung Foto© David Ausserhofer

Clara Rellensmann


Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs

Period of the Fellowship


Project title

The potential of cultural preservation for the promotion of sustainable development – Implementing the World Heritage Convention in South-East Asia


South East Asia, Latin America, Development Cooperation, Education & Learning, Cultural Policy



Short biography

Clara Rellensmann has degrees in European studies (B.A.) und world heritage studies (M.A.). While still at university, she acquired work experience both in the cultural sector and in economic and educational promotion, in countries such as Costa Rica, Laos and Bahrain. In her scholarship year, she plans to work at UNESCO Bangkok to focus on the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in developing countries and the question of how it can contribute to sustainable development. By working closely with world heritage managers in South-East Asia, she intends to search for suitable management strategies for sustainability in the protection and development of historic urban landscapes.