cultural statistics/indicators

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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Cristina Ortega Nuere

Cristina Ortega Nuere is Director of the Institute of Leisure Studies at the University of Deusto where she is involved in various coordination, research and teaching activities.

  • She is professor and the Principal Researcher of the Official Research Team of Leisure and Human Development of the University of Deusto.
  • She is teaching in the PhD Programme in Leisure and Human Development, PhD Programme in International and Intercultural Studies and in several other masters (Master Erasmus Mundus Euro-culture, Master in Management of Leisure Projects, Master in Organisation of Events) and specializing courses (the University course in Local Cultural Management and the Course in Protocol and Special Events).
  • She is also Director of the Master in Management of Leisure Projects, Master in Organisation of Events and the Postgraduate Course in Local Cultural Management.

Cristina is also President of ENCATC, the European Network of Cultural Administration and Training Centres and also the chair of ENCATC’s Policy Grouping Monitors of Culture with 40 members from 20 countries.

Cristina has participated in more than 30 research projects in the cultural field. In the last year she has been the leader of the project Monitors of Culture that aims to reflect on cultural observatories in the future in Europe, financed by the European Commission under the framework of the Culture Programme. She has also taken part in the Life Long Learning project Artists Moving and Learning that analyses the impact of mobility experiences of artists in Europe. She has organized more than twenty events and scientific meetings on an international level, among which also the 6th World Leisure Congress of the Institute of Leisure Studies. She regularly participates as a guest in various international meetings.

Her recent publications include:

  • contribution to the  book edited by the European Commission, entitled Measuring Creativity with the contribution Events: functions and tendencies, by Ortega C. and Izaguirre, M. (2010) Bilbao: University of Deusto; and
  • Ortega, C. (2010) Observatorios Culturales. Creación de Mapas de Infraestructuras y Eventos, Barcelona: Ariel.

At present, she is Member of the Basque Council of Culture of the Basque Government.

Cristina is Doctor in Leisure and Human Potential studies, with a Master degree in Leisure Management, and specialised in Cultural Management, she graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy from the University of Deusto and completed her studies in London, Middlesex and at Westminster University.

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Annie Tubadji

Annie Tubadji is a policy advisor and strategic analyst expert with expertise in EU Structural Funds, working for Dextera Consulting.  She has also been working as an External Consultant for Western Arts Federation (WESTAF), as well as, as External Consultant for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung research project on “Youth Unemployment in EU – Reasons and Consequences” – correspondent for Greece.

Her previous experience includes working as an External Evaluator of the Museums Emergency Programme (MEP) – Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management initiated and implemented by ICOM, GCI and ICCROM and is also responsible for preparing the feasibility study for transferring MEP in the SEE Region. Tubadji was also a team member of experts working on a SEE Cultural Corridors Development Programme.

Her educational background includes: MA, Joined European Degree in Sustainable Development Studies (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Trento, Italy and University of Regensburg, Germany (2007). BA in International Finance and Trade (1st class degree) from University of Portsmouth, UK (2004). Annie is presently completing her PhD degree in  Cultural Economics at University of Regensburg, in Germany.

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Ana Žuvela Bušnja

Ana Žuvela Bušnja is a researcher  at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia. Her research interests include cultural transition and development, arts management, cultural policies and strategies.  In addition she has skills in arts administration, arts production and cultural management  gained through the organization of numerous cultural events during her professional engagements at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the City of Dubrovnik’s Department of Culture, Arts for Amnesty International (Dublin) and others.

She is active in cultural development of the City of Dubrovnik Cultural Strategy, actively observing cultural transition and development of cultural democracy and interconnections between standing cultural policies and the arts, as well as operational and fundraising activities of the Culturelink Network.

Žuvela Bušnja received a BMusHon undergraduate degree from the University of Central England and holds an M.A. degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from the University College Dublin. She is presently a doctoral student at the University of Zagreb.


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Pernille Askerud

Pernille Askerud has been a Danish freelance consultant to governments, international agencies and NGO’s since 1992. She has worked in over 30 countries, primarily in Asia. Askerud has specialized in research and organizational development and has extensive experience as a researcher, editor and a writer especially in the areas of policies for development and institutional capacity building. In that regard, she has authored four UNESCO Handbooks and worked for World Bank-UNESCO International Support team, UNESCO Bangkok, UNIDO and UNDP in Bhutan with emphasis on cultural industries for job generation and entrepreneurship development for poverty reduction and community revitalization. She has regularly participated as speaker in international conferences on creative/cultural industries and contributed to the debate on culture and development.

Previously she was involved in improving systems of access to books/information in developing countries and working within both education and culture sector.  Her focus lies in the culture sector, cultural/creative industry programming and development projects in different countries. Therefore, she has regularly participated as a speaker in international conferences on creative/cultural industries and contributed to the debate on culture and development. From 2006 to 2008, she was a member of the Curator’s Panel of the UK Creative Clusters Conference and during the same period a member of the Advisory Panel of the Creative Industries Group of the British Council. In 2007, she drafted the UNESCO input on cultural industries for the UNCTAD/UNDP publication The Creative Economy 2007, and contributed a major piece for the UNESCO World Culture Report 2008. She contributed to a Brazilian electronic publication published by Itau Cultural in Portuguese, Spanish and English on the creative economy as a development strategy, and a German publication on governance models for the creative industry.

In parallel with contractual assignments, she is researching a book on the changed concept of culture that has emerged with globalization and the information economy, and its impact on cultural policy and development strategies overall.

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NIPOS – The Nati­o­nal Infor­mation and Con­sul­ting Cen­tre for Cul­ture

NIPOS was estab­lished by the Minis­try of Cul­ture of the Czech Repub­lic in 1991. As the governmental body, NIPOS has the mission to sup­port local and regional cul­tu­ral deve­lo­p­ment on the basis of sys­te­ma­tic research, analysis and consulting. It provides infor­mation ser­vices and expert con­sul­tati­ons for local gover­n­ment, state admi­nis­tration, civic asso­ci­ati­ons, legal and phy­s­i­cal enti­ties and other sub­jects, ope­ra­ting in the field of local and regi­o­nal cul­ture. It focuses on the  ana­ly­sis of the knowledge about the gene­ral role and posi­tion of the pub­lic cul­ture ser­vi­ces in the field of socio-economic deve­lo­p­ment of regi­ons. The specific activities include professional services for non-pro­fes­si­o­nal art and children aestehetic’s acti­vi­ties (ARTAMA Department), pro­vi­sions of the sta­tis­ti­cal information for the entire area of culture (CIK Department) and pro­fes­si­o­nal con­sul­tation and infor­mation ser­vi­ces on the economic and legal aspects in the area of local cul­ture (REGIS Department). NIPOS is also the edi­tor of “The Local Culture” journal and its inter­net ver­sion. Additionaly, NIPOS organizes seminars, festivals and other initiatives.

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Vjeran Katunarić

Vjeran Katunarić is a Full Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar, Croatia. Previously he worked as Full Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciencies, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was cultural policy expert for the Council of Europe’s programme of national cultural policy reviews. Dr Katunaric was the project leader of the Croatian cultural policy report; together with Dr Biserka Cvjetičanin he prepared the national report ‘Cultural Policy in Croatia’ (1997) and ‘Cultural Strategy of Croatia in the 21st Century’. He was guest professor in the United States (1985, 2000) and in Sweden (1992-3) and has conducted a number of research projects  in the areas of interculturalism and cultural policy. His areas of interest include social and cultural capital, socio-economic impact of the arts, cultural consumption, and corporate culture.



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Franz-Otto Hofecker

Franz-Otto Hofecker is the Head of the Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is a co-partner of the Centre for Culture Research GmbH (Bonn) and the Head of its’ Vienna branch. Dr Hofecker is a member of various national and international boards, advisory boards and experts’ committees in the field of culture policy and culture research (UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Union, Eurostat, ERICArts, Office of the Austrian Chancellor, etc). His main areas of interest are cultural policy, cultural eco­no­mics, cultural funding, cultural statistics. He is especially interested in regional support of culture, state and private culture funding. He is the Head of LIKUS (LänderInitiative KulturStatistik) project.

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Carla Bodo

Carla Bodo is a founding member and Vice-President for International Relations of the Associazione per l’ Economia della Cultura (Rome, Italy), and the member of the board of editors of the journal Economia della Cultura. Ms Bodo is a former director of the Observatory for the Performing Arts of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities.  Previously she worked as the Head of the Cultural Economics and Cultural Policy Unit at the Italian government’s institute for economic analysis. She has graduated at the University of Genoa, and was a Fulbright scholar on cultural policies at the New York University, Department of Public Administration. She is author and editor of several books, articles and publications mainly focusing on the institutional, economic, social and financial aspects of cultural policies. She is expert for the Compendium – Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, a member of the board of Ecures, and has served on the board of CIRCLE and as a member of UNESCO’s Italian National Commission.  She has been a consultant to the European Commission (as coordinator of the Task Force on cultural expenditure and financing of the EUROSTAT Working Group on Cultural Statistics 2000-2004), UNESCO (Framework for Cultural Statistics), the Council of Europe (Evaluation of national cultural policies), and to the French, Japanese and Russian governments.


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Alessandro Bollo

Alessandro Bollo is one of the founders of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo an international independent centre for research, training, planning, and documentation on cultural, arts and media management, economics and policies based in Turin, Italy, where he is currently responsible for the Research and Consultancy Unit.  Mr Bollo works also as a Professor of Marketing and Communication of Cultural Heritage and Activities at Polytechnic of Turin – II Faculty of Architecture, and as a lecturer at various courses for cultural operators in Italy and abroad.  He was one of the members of the evaluation team of the cultural policy of Montenegro for the Council of Europe project in 2003. He has worked as the Coordinator of the Cultural Observatory of Piedmont, and as the promoter of the marketing department at AISM - Italian Association on Marketing Studies, Milan, Italy. He holds a Degree in Economics (cultural marketing) and a Master in Cultural Project Management. Mr Bollo is an editor responsible for the Italian web portal on cultural marketing, Fizz . His main interests are audience research, visitor studies and access to culture.

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