I am a University of Stirling Anniversary Fellow. My current research interests include the inter-relationships between heritage, tourism and contemporary societies; the ways in which heritage is transformed for tourism and UNESCO World Heritage designation; how does this transformation reshape identities, state-building strategies, values and authenticity in relation to heritage, in the context of China and beyond; how to utilise tourism and heritage economies to achieve sustainable development; the complexities in heritage conservation, management and presentation that Eastern and Western societies share in common, as well as the differences between them; how to design cultural policies to connect Chinese immigrants in Europe with the heritage of host societies.
I have a MA in archaeology from Durham University (UK) and PhD in cultural heritage management from the University of Barcelona (Spain). My doctoral project, 'World Heritage, Archaeological Tourism and Social Value in China', fully-funded for three years by AGAUR, Government of Catalonia, explored the complex relationship between UNESCO World Heritage designation, tourism development, and the social values attributed to archaeological sites by local communities, in the context of contemporary China.
My publications include:
Gao, Q. 2017. Social Values and Rock Art Tourism: an Ethnographic Study of the Huashan Rock Art Area (China). Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 19 (1): 82-95.
Gao, Q. 2016. Social values and archaeological heritage: an ethnographic study of the Daming Palace archaeological site (China). European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 6: 213-234.
Gao, Q. 2016. Challenges in Archaeological Tourism in China. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20: 422-436.
Gao, Q. 2013. The Huashan rock art site (China) – The sacred meeting place for sky, water and earth. Rock Art Research 30: 22-32.
Díaz-Andreu, M., Gao, Q., Pastor, A., Ruiz, C. and Vargas, A. 2014. Valuing heritage in Spain. In Roders, A.P. and Veldpaus, L. (eds.), Proceedings of the Networking Workshop on 'Understanding Heritage Values', Eindhoven University of Technology. 10-11 July 2014. 21-25.