Case Studies

U4V adopts a case-study approach in order to favour the comparison of similar UBH in different economic, social, political and cultural contexts, testing common practices and/or similar financial schemes as a proxy of existing benchmarks and/or strong cultural influences in planning and development.

In addition, going on-field helps U4V to interact with local communities, disseminate innovative thinking and support them to explore alternative social trajectories in an adaptive, forward-looking manner.

This activity is carried out during STSMs, workshops and in particular in the training schools, where trainers and trainees work together on specific topics, producing a yearly publication.

A “Knowledge-base for  case-studies”, with investigation methodology, history background, bibliography, main stakeholders, problems, perspectives  can be downloaded here

Every year, the MC selects four case studies from a list of candidated sites.

♦ Case studies 2021-2022

Case studies 2020-2021

Case studies 2019-2020

For candidating your site, please fill the template and mail to the Action Chair


Case Study Map

Postojna Case Study

Multilevel caves (> 20.5 km) with historic entrances, unique habitat for troglobitic species, example of regeneration and valorisation. UNESCO submitted 2015 (natural). Area: Postojna Caves, managed by

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Göreme Case Study

Host Institution: Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara (TR) Contact person: Müge Akkar Ercan  Göreme, a small town with a population of 2,000, is situated in the heart

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La Union Case Study

Host Institution: University of Murcia (UMU), Murcia (ES) Contact person: Susana Martinez-Rodriguez Historical mining site (3000 years) linked to the flamenco dance tradition, celebrated in the International

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Naples Case Study

More than 800 Modern Ages tuff caves used to build the city centre, 3000 water cisterns, 180 km of aqueducts and tunnels, catacombs, cemeteries, tombs,

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Camerano Caves (Italy)

Host institution: Municipality of Camerano, Camerano (AN), IT Contact person: Dr. Ilaria Fioretti The underground complex of Camerano is a known local heritage and a landmark for

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