Dr. Harriet Deacon has PhD in History and a MSc in Management of Intellectual Property. Since 2010, she has consulted to UNESCO on implementation of the 2003 Convention on Intangible Heritage, writing workshop training materials and facilitating capacity-building workshops with government officials, researchers, NGOs and community representatives in 16 (mostly developing) countries. She is currently advising the government of Malta on their intangible cultural heritage policy. In her research work, she has published on intangible heritage, IP and culture, including chapters in The Routledge Companion to Intangible Heritage, a paper on the link between IP protection and ICH safeguarding in Intangible Heritage(Smith and Akagawa, forthcoming) and on the Traditional Knowledge Act in Kenya (Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2017).

This research project, Heritage Sensitive Intellectual Property and Marketing strategies: India (HIPAMS - INDIA), is funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund 2018-2021.