Dr. Vicky Kynourgiopoulou trained as an archaeologist at Southampton University, UK. Her graduate studies earned her an MA in Cultural Heritage Management from University College London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University in Architectural History and Urban Planning and Neuroscience. Dr. Kynourgiopoulou has long academic experience, as a faculty member and senior administrator in undergraduate and graduate American and UK programs, like Oxford University and the University of Edinburgh, Stanford and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she has also created academic programs ranging from Egyptian Archaeology to Cultural Heritage Studies and Museum Management. She is currently a distinguished professor for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. In addition to her academic work she has also designed adult education seminars on the archaeology of Rome and Athens for Gruppo Arcaeologico Rome and Context Travel.
Since 2003 she has been a consultant for EU and UNESCO heritage projects, where she won the UNESCO conservation award for her management plan of WHS Kasbah in Algeria. She has published extensively in the areas of architectural history, cultural heritage management and conservation and she is currently co-editor of the Global Encyclopedia of Archaeology, World Heritage section of Springer Editions. Dr. Kynourgiopoulou is a book reviewer for several publications on architecture, design and cultural heritage studies. Her archaeological field work concentrates in North Africa and the Middle East where she specializes in sustainable tourism development in underdeveloped countries. She is also a member of the Global Network on Intercultural Competence (ICC Global) and is working in collaborative projects on intercultural competence and cross cultural learning.