cultural development

Annalisa Cicerchia

Annalisa Cicerchia is an expert in strategic planning in the field of cultural policies. Her areas of research are: cultural statistics, cultural indicators, development projects, strategic planning of cultural policies, culture and young people, sustainability of culture, cultural heritage, cultural participation, museums.

She graduated in sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome and is member of the Directive Board of the Associazione per l’Economia della cultura, member of the Editorial Board of the journal Economia della cultura, Roma, Senior Researcher in the area of culture, leisure and ICTs at the Italian National Statistical Institute, and has also been of Head of the Research Unit “Environment, Culture and territory” in the National Institute for Economic analysis and Studies (1999-2010).

She is the Italian member of the European Group for Museum Statistics (EGMUS) and the Italian member of the Managing Committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) ACTION IS1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability.” Annalisa is also Professor of Economics and Management of Cultural Resources at the Department of Business, Government and Philosophy at the Roma University Tor Vergata and expert for strategic planning and evaluation of international development projects based on culture and tourism for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria).  In November 2013 she was also appointed as responsible for European Projects and Research by MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts.

Some of her published authored and co-authored articles are: “Museum Organization and Local Economic Development: a comparison between Italy and Syria” (2011), in the proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin; “The Taste Industry” (2009), White Paper on Creativity Towards an Italian Model of Development; “Measures of sustainability: take tourism, for instance.” in “Sustainability, development and environmental risk” (2005).

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Nicholas Karachalis

Nicholas Karachalis works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Planning and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly in Volos and as a lecturer at the post-graduate programme in Cultural Management at the Greek Open University. Since 2001 he has been active as an independent advisor and associate researcher at the Regional Development Institute of the Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens.

He holds a PhD in Economic and Regional Development (Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens), an MA in European Urban Cultures (joint programme by the Free University of Brussels, the University of Tilburg, the Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Arts and Design of Helsinki) and a BA in Urban and Regional Development (Panteion University of Social and Political Science of Athens).

In 2010 he completed his post-doctoral research in tourism impact measurement of urban festivals. He has a strong interest in analysing the trends and dynamics between culture, tourism and spatial development processes using an interdisciplinary approach and perspective (drawing on cultural economics, place marketing and branding, urban tourism, cultural planning, etc.).

He has collaborated in several research projects and studies related to regional and local development, marketing, cultural economics and tourism planning. Alongside academic research, he has worked as an advisor for public bodies (Municipalities, Regional Authorities, City Tourism Offices, etc.) on matters of policy, marketing, funding, tendering practices, entrepreneurship, change management, etc. He is fluent in Greek, English and Dutch.

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Corinna Vosse

Corinna Vosse is freelance researcher, policy advisor, cultural manager, and lecturer. Her main areas of interest are governance of cultural development in urban settings, cultural economy, cultural entrepreneurship, interest coalitions in cultural politics. Her thematic focus currently lies on exploring patterns of cooperation and competition, on explaining sustainable consumption patterns and on contemporary practices of subsistence.

She has been working for the city of Berlin on the first report on cultural funding. In Berlin she has implemented a model project for sustainable cultural infrastructure. Corinna has further developed an international artists mobility scheme for practitioners exploring issues of sustainable cultural practice.

Since 1994 she has co-initiated various cultural centers in the United States and in Germany, most recently the first used material supply center in Germany, the Kunst Stoffe Berlin. Since 2008 she has been working for various cultural administrations, conducting research, making policy recommendations and designing programmes.

Corinna received her PhD from the Institute of Social Science at the Humboldt University of Berlin with a thesis about the governance of setting up cultural infrastructure, drawing on empirical studies undertaken in Berlin. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the following institutions: IAS – STS, Graz (2011); Asia-Europe Foundation, Singapore (2007); Central European University, Hungary (2007); Department for Cultural Affairs, Berlin (2003); European Cultural Foundation (2002).

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Yulia Antonyan

Yulia Antonyan works as an assistant professor at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Yerevan State University where she teaches cultural anthropology, cultural history and religion in cultural systems. At the same time she is also consultant to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia in different projects and conferences.

Previously she worked as an external evaluation expert for the Jinishian Foundation regarding development and charity programmes. Between 1997 to 2005 she was programme officer for public projects at the Eurasia Foundation. She was actively involved in several cultural projects, is member of various Armenian academic organizations and has published several papers and publications on cultural anthropology, cultural history and religion in cultural systems.

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Biljana Mickov

Biljana Mickov is a cultural manager, researcher  and a consultant working as the editor of magazine for contemporary culture, entitled New Thought. Additionally Biljana is engaged in projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad and Institute for Culture of Vojvodina. Her work is primarily dedicated to research and development of cultural policies in cooperation with local authorities. Biljana graduated from the University of Novi Sad and she holds a European Diploma in in Cultural Project Management (Marcel Hicter Foundation), Brussels (supported by UNESCO and the European Commission).

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Culture and Development

Culture and Development (C&D) is a non-governmental organization based in France. Its mission is based on the belief that the cultural identity is a factor for human, economic and social development of a territory. C&D aims to focus on both research and action by contributing to the international debate on cultural development and cultural economy at the same time carrying out practical actions that support cultural practices and strengthen cultural enterprises in developing countries.

C&D works mainly in Africa with the local authorities, ministries and cultural operators in access to knowledge, and preservation and promotion of heritage. C&D also advocates for and consults those involved in the cultural development.

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Culture Clinic

Culture Clinic is an NGO whose organizational objectives are democratic development, capacity building and respect for human rights using cultural expressions as method. Culture Clinic works with the projects on the international arena, with a special focus on the Eastern European countries, but also in EU-countries, Africa and Asia. Through their work they include a wide network of institutions, business sector, political sector as well as artists and cultural workers. Culture Clinic also works as consultants and with lobbying. The organization is financed by equal parts from consulting fees and grants from the EU, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Nordic Council of Ministers, Swedish Institute, Swedish Arts Council, Region Västra Götaland etc.

Culture Clinics organization and activities are based on a number of principles and codes of conduct:

  • Respect for Human Rights
    All work that Culture Clinic carry out derives from the principle of equal value for all human beings and the respect for fundamental freedom.
  • Transparency & Participation
    The ambition to be an open and transparent organisation shall reflect the relation to members and partner organisations.
  • Gender perspective
    All projects that Culture Clinic runs nationally and internationally has a tangible gender perspective.
  • Sustainable development
    Environmental concern shall be reflected in all projects, as well as in daily decisions at the office.
  • Accessibility
    Culture Clinic strives for an accessibility perspective to be integrated in all aspect of the organisations work.
  • Continuity
    Culture Clinic works in a long-term perspective and strives to continuously build on completed projects and achieved results.
  • Meeting place
    The meeting place is essential in Culture Clinics work and aims to gather people of different background as well as sectors.
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Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning – NCK

The Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning (NCK) is a Nordic collaborative initiative for creative research and experimental method development within the field of cultural heritage learning. Its aim is to  use applied cultural heritage learning as a tool to achieve overall social development through, for example, advanced tourism or creative social learning initiatives. The research and development projects ran by the NCK enable and promote lifelong learning, regional development, sustainable growth, policy development and its impact at the Nordic, European and international level. NCK also acts as an information centre where research, knowledge and ideas are systematically gathered and disseminated. NCK’s objectives are to:

  • gather in and convey experiences and research results
  • encourage skills development and education
  • initiate, carry out and act as an arena for research and development projects
  • constitute a natural meeting place for those who are active within the field

NCK was founded in 2005 by the three cultural heritage institutions that shared a long-standing involvement in cultural heritage learning issues with support from leading universities and cultural heritage institutions throughout the Nordic region. The organization is based in Östersund, Sweden and run jointly by JamtliThe Popular Movement Archives in Jämtland County and The Regional State Archives in Östersund and is a member of a number of organisations and networks focusing on cultural and educational issues.

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Henrik Zipsane

Henrik Zipsane is a Director of the Jamtli, County Museum of Jämtland in Sweden. His professional interests cover the role of cultural heritage in sustainable regional development, cultural heritage learning and social cohesion. In that regard, Mr. Zipsane co-founded and co-directed the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning in Östersund, Sweden. He was also a co-founder and the Chairman of the European network LLOAM (Lifelong Learning in Open Air Museums). Additionaly, he held several chairman and executive positions in both Denmark and Sweden.

Mr. Zipsane’s research and consultancy work covers:

  • Consulting the possibilities of gaining better financial results in the long run for three small local museums in Östersunds Municipality
  • Initiating a successful pedagogical programme for upper secon­dary compul­sory school with the role play method with the aim of producing attitudes against xenophobia
  • Initiating a successful programme for early school leavers with a method of creating positive learning experiences in order to stimulate a return to formal basic education
  • Initiating a case study of describing and analysing the activities of volun­taries in the museum and genealogists in the archive as adult learning activities
Mr. Zipsane holds MA in History from Copenhagen University and a Ph.D. from the Danish University of Education.
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Suvi Innilä

Suvi Innilä is a manager with an expertise in European capitals of culture, cultural festivals, events and projects, local and regional cultural policies and planning, cultural development, management and co-operation and culture and sustainable development. She was a Programme Director of Turku 2011 Foundation from 2008- 2012 and she co-ordinated the Turku preparations for the European Capital of Culture 2011. She also led the bidding phase which resulted in Turku’s nomination as a European Capital of Culture. Previously she has been working in cultural and project management including work as a managing director of Turku International Animated Film Festival. For many years Innilä worked as the Project Manager of Arsnet which provides working opportunities for cultural professionals through an internet-based marketing tool. In 2000–2002 she launched Tough Eye – Turku International Animated Film Festival and was its first managing director. She has also been a member of several boards of cultural associations, e.g. the chair of Music by the Sea Festival organised annually in Inkoo, Finland. Suvi Innilä graduated as Master of Arts from the University of Turku in 1999, majoring in art history. She also has a background as a violin player.

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