Leading specialist in cultural heritage and sustainable tourism appointed to the Board of the UKNC

June 2024

Professor Mike Robinson has been appointed to the Board of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO as a new joint Non-Executive Director for Culture.

Mike is a specialist in cultural heritage and sustainable tourism, with over 30 years’ experience working with heritage and related tourism projects in more than 40 countries. He is currently Professor of Cultural Heritage at Nottingham Trent University and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Birmingham.


Professor Robinson is also a founding member of the UNESCO UNITWIN network on Tourism, Culture and Development and has worked with UNESCO on a national and international level for more than 25 years. In 2006 he authored the major UNESCO Report on Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development and contributed to the 2nd UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity.

He is founder and co-editor of the international Journal of Tourism and Cultural and Cultural Change. He is also founder and co-editor of the Tourism and Cultural and Cultural Change book series, with over 60 international volumes published.

Along with the other UKNC Non-Executive Directors, Professor Robinson’s role will include advising UK government, Devolved Government and those of the UK’s Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies on UNESCO matters and representing the UK at UNESCO under the authority of the UK Ambassador to UNESCO.

On his appointment, Professor Robinson says

‘Heritage, in all of its forms and at all scales, is a vital resource for communities, offering a pathway to achieving sustainable development. More than ever, we need to find ways to creatively and effectively, mobilise the valued legacies of the past so that they assist us in creating a better future.

I’m delighted to be working with the UK National Commission for UNESCO to ensure that we maximise the value of UNESCO designations and the full spectrum of UNESCO’s global programmes.’

Anne Anderson, Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO, says

‘We are delighted to welcome Professor Mike Robinson to the Board of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO as the joint Non-Executive for Culture.

Professor Robinson brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of culture, heritage and tourism and is a world-leading expert on the subject, having authored numerous publications, advised governments and NGOs, and spoken at international conferences and forums.

Professor Robinson also has extensive knowledge of UNESCO and its Culture Programme both here in the UK and globally, and currently leads the UNITWIN Network in Culture, Tourism and Development at Nottingham Trent University. The UK’s involvement in UNESCO will greatly benefit from the appointment of Professor Robinson to the Board of the National Commission.’

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor and President of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), says

‘This appointment is further recognition that Mike is one of the world’s leading experts in cultural heritage of his generation. We are delighted to see him become a non-executive director for culture on the board of the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO and we are proud that his research is conducted here at NTU.’