I realised early on that my interests were centred on arts and humanities. Spending days and nights as a teenager engrossed in literature but also reading about art history fuelled a life-long passion for beauty as expressed through written word, art and heritage. This was further enhanced as I later learned about their essential role in understanding our past and present and shaping our future.

With an academic background, Cristina is currently a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s policy team. She provides support for the Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance on policy and communications activities. Cristina has a PhD in Heritage Studies from Heriot-Watt University and has conducted research on festivals and cultural/heritage diplomacy in two EU-funded Horizon 2020 projects: CoHERE (Critical Heritages of Europe) and ECHOES (European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities). She is the co-editor of Heritage and Festivals in Europe: Performing Identities (Routledge, 2019). She sits on the board for the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures and is a committee member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Network in the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.