Future-oriented heritage approach in Europe


Crafts valued as heritage, but badly integrated in high-tech environments and product development (incl. because of cultural and emotional barriers among craftspeople)

Potential of traditional craft knowledge (TCK) for inclusivity on the labour market and sustainable development untapped

Central question: How to safeguard and strengthen crafts while fostering their economic and societal valuation?


 Training practices and learning formats in which TCK is (potentially) public and codified (e.g. thanks to digitisation) and compatible both with new technologies and future-oriented societal values

  Types of certification or credentials, in which the valorisation of TCK corresponds to both the needs of craftspeople (including economically) and broader societal needs

  Business models and legal protection tools (IP and professional classification) for both individual practitioners and TCK developed and transmitted in open- source and in commons contexts

  Networks in which interests and experiences of individual practitioners are linked to broader economic and societal challenges, including policy recommendations


Achieve an  enhanced economic and societal valuation of crafts  in line with a future-oriented approach of heritage in Europe through a focus on:

  the valuation of Traditional Craft Knowledge
    (reviving, valorizing and validating)

 the transmission of TCK (both in hi-tech environments     and with the help of digital technologies)


Interdisciplinary research (integrated with the help of the     “convention theories”)
 Multi-stakeholder co-creation (involving researchers, practitioners     and stakeholders, and ‘research through design’)
 Experimentation in different contexts and involving ‘action     research’

The final aim of the experiments is to:

 analyse the barriers that hamper transmission of TCK in        new ways
 create new shared ‘repertoires of evaluation’
 devise new formats, tools and instruments for        overcoming the barriers



Starting date  1 March 2023
End date  February 2027

External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board of the Tracks4Crafts project serves the purpose of providing critical feedback and guidance on project activities and outputs.
Comprised of external experts in relevant fields, the board members are consulted as needed to contribute their expertise and insights to the project's development. Their primary aims are to offer valuable perspectives, assess the project's progress, and provide recommendations to ensure the project's success.