Anita Vaivade has been Assistant Professor at the Latvian Academy of Culture since 2012. After master degrees in sociology and legal sciences, she defended her doctoral thesis cum laude on the Conceptualisation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Law in 2011, in parallel to professional responsibilities as Culture, Communication and Information Sector Director at the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO (2006–2012). Anita Vaivade led the Latvian delegation to the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2013–2015), and since 2017 is leading the UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy and Law. Anita Vaivade joined the UNESCO global network of facilitators in the field of intangible cultural heritage in 2017. She co-leads the ‘Osmose’ international comparative study on intangible cultural heritage related legislation. In 2020 she started her postdoctoral research project “Intangible Cultural Heritage as Resource for Sustainable Development in Northern Europe: Rights-Based Approach”.