Managing issues in running University museums and collections - UnaMuseums

Financed by UnaEuropa Network Seed Funding

Managing issues in running University museums and collections - UnaMuseums

Financed by UnaEuropa Network Seed Funding

The project Managing issues in running University museums and collections aims at giving unity and visibility to the heritage of Una Europa as a consortium of European universities.

The project will focus on management practices in running university heritage (museums, collections and intangible heritage).

This research addresses 8 Universities of Una Europa Network, establishing for each a local team to support the project.

The goal of this project is to fill the literature gap on managerial issues of university museums and collections, to foster coordination among Una Museums Universities, and to facilitate collaborations between Una Europa universities in the field of museums and collections.

The final output of the present research will be:

  1. A report on managing practices in the universities taking part to the project. It will include a collection of profiles of each university in terms of managing museums and collections (state of the arts, main solutions and problems), a comparative analysis, and recommendation for future development †structuring issues and problems, and potential agenda for Una Europa in this field.
  2. A project for a shared touring exhibition across the various universities, based on a selective identification of objects to tour, with the possibility of coupling this touring exhibition with an online exhibition.
  3. A draft of an extended research proposal at the European level to be developed for broad research applications.


Prof. Luca Zan - Department of Management  Università of Bologna, members of the research team Prof. Paolo Ferri, Dr. Roberta Ferrarini

Project partners

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris - France

Jagellonian University Museum, Krakow - Poland


Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven - Belgium

University of Helsinki, Helsinki - Finland

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Freie Universität Berlin - Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin (BGBM), Berlin - Germany

Duration: 12 months, from 01/04/2021 to 31/03/2022

Development Sustainable Goals:

Goal 4: Quality Education,

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals