cultural research

Sabine Frank

Sabine Frank is the Deputy Secretary General of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage. EFAH (established in 1992) is a platform of over 80 arts and cultural networks and associations (representing in turn over 5000 cultural organisations across Europe) and focuses on advocacy for a well-respected and supported role for culture in the policies of the European Union. Sabine led EFAH’s advocacy work on the legislative process for Culture 2007 and was a key force behind the 70 Cents for Culture campaign.

Since 2006 she has been working as a Coordinator of the Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue. As the Platform Coordinator, Sabine is responsible for the mobilization of participants, the conceptualisation of the Platform and she oversees all of the Platform’s operational activities. She was given this role by EFAH, who initiated the Platform together with the European Cultural Foundation.

Before joining EFAH as the EU Policy Adviser, Sabine worked as a parliamentary assistant in the European Parliament’s Committee on Education and Culture (1999-2004). Prior to that, she pursued an academic career (political science), holding various research teaching position in the UK and Malta.  

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Colm Croffy

Colm Croffy is the Executive Director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE). He has been working in events and festival management across the educational, arts, business and cultural sectors.

He was the Students Union President of the University of Limerick, where he pursued a degree in European Studies – Public Affairs, after which he went to work as the Assistant Arts Offices. Then he worked for three years as the Director of the Mary From Dungloe Festival. In 1998 he returned to his native Ballinasloe (Ireland) as Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce.

He set up his own Consultancy Business in Media, Marketing and Event Management. Also, he is Co-coordinator for Ballinasloe Fair and Festival. He has been involved in the strategic of AOIFE as an all-island network of community and professional festival, events and toured and lectured extensively on the Irish, British and European Festival and Tourism industry circuits. In addition, he was contracted to act as the Operations Director with AOIFE.

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Stephane Bauer

Stephane Bauer studied sociology, political science and economics at the Universities of Bohn and Berlin.

He worked at the Federal Association for Student Cultural Work in Bonn and at the Berlin University of Arts. From 1990 on, he was General Director of the Kunstamt Kreuzberg (District Department of Culture).

Since 2002 Bauer has regularly led cultural mediation seminars for the Goethe Institute Berlin. His projects and workshops have entailed visits to numerous countries, including Ghana, Serbia, USA, Israel, Egypt, Palestine and Brazil. Also, he was appointed Director of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, which is an exhibition space with a focus on current cultural issues. In parallel to that, he teaches cultural mediation and is exhibition curator for the Goethe Institute, Berlin University of Arts and for the Berlin artists’ teaching service.

He is a member of the Berlin Arts Council since 2008.

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Zofia Dworakowska

Zofia Dworakowska is a cultural anthropologist, theatrologist, as well as a researcher of independent culture, community arts and art in the public space. She is the Head of the Culture Animation specialization in the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. She is responsible for a unit aimed at preparing students to run their own cultural projects.

She has organized and led workshops, work exchanges and study trips in the framework of international projects funded by European Commission Programs.  She was a Polish coordinator of DNA (Development of New Art) – a project funded from the EU program Culture 2007-2013. She has been coordinating different European projects, such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci Program: HANDMADE – Culture animation: learning through practice; 
  • LOCALISE – Study trip as model of research, education and practice in vocational training in culture animation and community work


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Dominique Cardon

Dominique Cardon is a sociologist working in France Telecom Usage Laboratory and associated researcher at the Centre for Research on Social Movements at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

His research focuses on relations between use of new technologies and cultural and media activities. The interconnection between sociability and the public arena is the starting point for his studies relating to cultural practices, alternative media, and ”interactive” television programmes. He is particularly interested in the use of new technologies by international militants in the counter globalization movement.

His research focuses on Internet use and transformations of the digital arena. His recent research concerns Internet social networks, online forms of identity, amateur production, and the analysis of forms of cooperation and governance in the big online collectives. He is currently engaged in a sociological analysis of the algorithms controlling the organization of information online. He has published, amongst others, Discipline but not punish: The governance of Wikipedia (2012), The Internet Democracy (2010) and Mediactivises (2010).

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Toni Gonzalez

Toni Gonzales is an international consultant for arts and culture, design, organizing and advising international cultural projects in the field of contemporary performing arts and cultural policies. He is a member of IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting), where he was part of the Executive Committee for eight years. He was also vice-president of the Asociación de Profesionales de la Gestión Cultural de Catalunya (Catalan Association of Cultural Managers), co-founder and vice-president of the international network of performing arts markets EurAm Bourse and cofounder of Comedia Network, which promotes the dissemination of culturally diverse performing arts in Europe.

He recently worked as communication coordinator of ENICPA, content director of Feria Internacional de Teatro y Danza de Huesca, coordinator of Mov s (Space for International Exchange of Dance and Movement Arts) and curator of the programme International Theatres Management of Red de Teatros Públicos de España. Currently Toni is also in the list of experts of the European Commission Culture Programme.

He was also artistic director of the festival Barcelona Street Arts within the fiestas de La Mercè de Barcelona (from 1998 to 2003), artistic director of the Three Wise Kings Parade of Barcelona (2002 and 2003), project coordinator of NAUMON by la Fura dels Baus (2003-2004) and, for eight years, member of the direction team of the Feria de Teatro de Tàrrega (from 1991 to 1998).

Toni is involved in international cultural policy research and provides best practice advice in managing arts projects and cultural institutions. Most of the reports can be downloaded here. Some of his recent studies are: “Strategic plan for Basque Country performing arts internationalization” (2010), “Theatres in London, Berlin and the Netherlands” (3 handbooks, 2007, 2008, 2009), “Assessment of the dance sector in Catalonia” (2007 and 2009), “The Political and Legal Context of Private Support to the Culture in Canada and Quebec” (2007), “The Arts Councils in Europe” (4 reports: England, Scotland, Finland and the Netherlands – 2008), “The National Trust in England” (2006), “Practices and Models of Support to Contemporary Performing Arts in Europe” (2005), etc.

He has extensively lectured, taught and written on arts management, arts internationalisation and cultural policies at major cultural and artistic events and in professional media. Toni currently teaches arts management and cultural policy at the University of Zaragoza and regularly writes articles in “Entreacte” magazine. His blog Cultura es Política deals with the performing arts community in Spain and Latin America.

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Milena Stefanovic

Milena Stefanovic holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade (2002)  and a Master in Public Administration (MPA), University Luigi Bocconi, Milan (2006). She is currently persuing Doctoral Academic Studies of Management in culture and media at the University of Belgrade.

After graduating at Bocconi she worked at the Italian Embassy in Belgrade on different projects, mainly in the area of cultural and business cooperation, followed by a six-month professional traineeship at the Administration of the European Parliament in Brussels, at the Foreign Affairs Committee, dealing with policy issues related to EU integration of the Western Balkans region.

From 2006-2008 she collaborated in different projects in Brussels, at Human Rights Watch, and at South-East European TV Exchanges (media projects). After returning to Serbia, she worked in public affairs and lobbying, in the meantime starting doctoral studies at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade focusing her research on cultural policy and management in culture. The topic of Milena’s doctoral research is the relation among different management theories (New Public Management, Theory of Change, Stakeholder theory, Balance scorecard), instrumental cultural policy and possibilities of applying some aspects of these theories (performance management and evaluation) to contemporary setting of Serbian cultural institutions. Also, the aim of her research is to define a new cultural model, one between state intervention and neoliberalism.

Since 2011, Milena is an Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts  (with professor Milena Dragicevic Sesic and Vesna Djukic) and has been Assistant Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts between 2011 and 2012. Some of the courses she teaches are: Human resources management in culture and media; Cultural diplomacy; Management in culture; financial management in cultural institutions; General management. She has also been involved in civil society activism for the Forum for Culture, European Movement in Serbia since 2013, and CESID – Centre for Free elections and democracy since 2003.

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Paolo Mele

Paolo Mele is a PhD student in Communication & New Technologies at IULM University in Milan and Visting Researcher at the New School for Public Engagement in New York. He is a cultural and digital project manager and has recently worked with several international organisations such as: the World Bank (Washington, USA), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK), Fondazione Veronesi (Milan, Italy) Fondazione Chivasso (Chivasso, Italy), and others.

He is founder and director of Ramdom, an organization working in the field of contemporary art (exhibition, residencies, masterclass) and culture. Paolo also organised two editions of Default, an international masterclass on “Arts, cities and regeneration”. He has been project manager for the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean (Bjcem) from 2008 to 2012, where he has been responsible of the cultural programme in Bari (2008) and Skopje (2009) and for Digital Communication in Rome and Salonicco (2011).

In 2006 Paolo funded and coordinated the Observatory of Communication Politics (OCP) at the University of Salento. He is also founder of Cooperativa PAZ, a communication and advertising company based in Apulia region. Paolo has published two books on media and politics and wrote several essays and articles. His current research focus is on new media (art) and cultural policies.


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Per Mangset

Per Mangset is a Sociologist of Culture and has been a Professor at Telemark University College since 2000. He is also a part time senior researcher at Telemark Research Institute and head of Centre for Culture and Sport Studies, Telemark University College. He has conducted several research projects sponsored by the Research Council of Norway – and some projects sponsored by public authorities (Ministry of Culture, Arts Council).

Together with Dorte Skot-Hansen he initiated the “International Conference on Cultural Policy Research” (ICCPR), whose Scientific Committee he currently cooordinates. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Policy Research and a national expert for the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

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Raluca Pop

Raluca Pop is a cultural policy expert and head of Romanian CubicMetre NGO based in Budapest. Her first experience in the cultural policy field was in 2007 when she started working for the Romanian Cultural Contact preparing the programme for the 2008 – European Year of Intercultural Dialogue as national coordinator. In 2010 she enrolled in an MA in Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest.

In 2010 Raluca coordinated a project called “Active Culture – resources for advocacy for the independent cultural sector,” which established a series of 15 workshops, presentations and debates, as well as a resource library dedicated to the legislation of good governance, examples of effective advocacy and lobbying for public culture and the status of independent culture in Europe. During this project together with Stefania Ferchedau she edited a publication comprising a history of last 20 years of contributions of the independent cultural sector in Romania to cultural policy reform.

During the VOTE CULTURE 2013 project she co-organized a series of debates and drafted a manifesto for living culture, in the context of general elections in Romania. The Charter for Living Culture is now a reference document for public administrators and young researchers interested in the cultural sector in Romania.

Raluca also worked for one year and a half for the Romanian Academic Society, a think-tank known for its anti-corruption work on a research project dealing with defrauding of European structural funds. In late 2013 she also coordinated a series of debates concerning this topic.

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