economy of culture

Mireia Cirera Hidalgo

Mireia Cirera Hidalgo’s work is focused on project management and international cooperation with a special interest in strategic alliances. In her career she designed, managed and coordinated different cultural projects and provided technical assistance and consultancy for different projects and programs related to cultural policy and international cultural cooperation.

Mireia holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Development and Security specializing in development cooperation with Latin American countries at the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Art History Bachelor’s Degree by the UAB. She obtained several further specialications, such as: Post-graduate degrees in Management of Institutions & Cultural Platforms, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF); Post-graduates degrees in International Cultural Cooperation Management, Barcelona University (UB); and Post-graduates degrees in Development and Social Economy (FLACSO).

From 2004 to 2006 she worked at the Centro Cultural España-Córdoba (CCEC) in Argentina, taking responsibility of the Institutional and International Relations and assuming the coordination of International Cultural Cooperation Department, with special focus on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

Since 2008 Mireia has been working as project manager of Culture and Cooperation Departments in the Fedelatina NGO (Federación de Entidades Latinoamericanas de Catalunya), tackeling through her work issues linked to cultural diversity and development. Her work also keeps her in contact with the local and regional government with regard to the creation of new social public policies.

Since 2011 she also works as a lecturer and consultant for Universitat Oberta de Barcelona, on the MA in Cultural Management in the field of Cultural Industries.

Since November 2011 Mireia has been working as an independent culture expert for Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission, evaluating projects under consideration for funding from the Culture Programme of the European Commission.

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Rebecca Amsellem

Rebecca Amsellem’s fields of expertise include international economics, economic impact of culture, cultural indicators and economics of museums. She holds a Specialised Master’s Degree from Sciences Po Toulouse in “International Affairs and Firms Strategies,” as well as a Master’s Degree from La Sorbonne in “Economics and Management of Cultural Products” (2012). Presently she is a PhD cultural economics student at Sorbonne University and is developing a PhD thesis about the internationalization of museums and its impact on their economic models.

From 2010 to 2013 Rebecca has been a project manager of the Forum d’Avignon, a think tank dedicated to culture and economics, where she was responsible for managing the budget section, working groups and studies, partnerships, communication and the annual event department. In 2013 she founded a consulting firm which deals with internationalization strategies of cultural projects. Rebecca speaks English, French and Spanish.

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Rita Gerlach-March

Rita Gerlach-March is a freelance editor, lecturer, researcher and a consultant. In July 2008, she finished her doctoral thesis as a part of the Centre for British Studies at Berlin’s Humboldt-University research project “Culture and Commerce” on ”Funding Quality Theatre in Germany and the UK”. Afterwards, Rita was Head of Marketing at Schwerin’s State Theatre from 2008-2010. She also worked as a Guest Lecturer on Arts Funding at Europe-University Viadrina in Frankfurt/ Oder, Germany, from 2007-2008 and part time as Press and Public Relations Manager at IGAFA (Joint Initiative of Non-University Research Institutions in Adlershof) from September 2010 – June 2011. Rita co-taught a seminar on “DIY-culture” for Humboldt’s European Ethnology Institute (winter term 2010/11) and taught a seminar on “UK arts policy and funding” at Viadrina in the summer of 2011. In 2012 she became a co-editor of the British Theatre-issue of the German-English journal “Hard Times”.

Rita graduated in 2000 in International Business and Cultural Studies at the University of Passau and has worked in Moscow, London and Paris. She also published two books, a text book on Arts Funding and her PhD thesis.

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Anna Villarroya

Anna Villarroya is associate professor at the Department of Political Economy and Public Finance at the University of Barcelona, where she teaches “Economics of Culture” and “Creative Industries”. She studied Law and Economics at the University of Barcelona and in 2000 she obtained her PhD in Economics of the Public Sector. Since 2006, she is working, as an independent expert in cultural policy research, in the Spanish-country profile included in the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.

She has taken part in several research projects funded by the Ministry of Culture, the Department of Culture and Communication of the Catalan government and the Organisation of Iberoamerican States. She is author of several articles and book chapters on different topics related to cultural policies.

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Pau Rausell Köster

Pau Rausell Köster is an expert in cultural policies and cultural economy. Holding a PhD in the applied economy,  he is a Profesor at the Department of Applied Economy at the University of Valencia, where he also leads a Research Unit in Applied  Cultural Economy. Within the framework of activities of the Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Local, he leads  research area ‘Tourism and economy of culture’ whose objectives are to investigate the possibilities  cultural economy  brings to territorial development, focusing on the segment of tourism as a generator of development. Pau participates in various European  and iberoamerican research projects (eg. Sostenuto , Observatorio Iberoamericano de Cultura, Proyecto SIEDECC). He has published numerous books and articles, including:

  • (2007). Cultura. Estrategia para el desarrollo local. Madrid: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional.
  • (2005). “Una aproximación al turismo urbano. El valor de la ciudad empaquetada en el caso de Valencia”, co-autor junto con Francisco Serrano, en Revista de Economía, Sociedad, Turismo y Medio Ambiente (RESTMA), N°2.
  • (2004). Rehabilitación, patrimonio y participación. Textos para el debate. Edit. Conselleria de Cultura, G.V.
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Lluís Bonet i Agustí

Lluís Bonet is a professor of applied economy at the University of Barcelona, specializing in cultural economics, cultural policies and arts management.  Dr. Bonet  is a Coordinator of the Master of Cultural Management, President of the PhD programme on Cultural and Heritage Management, as well as the Director of the Professional training Program on Cultural Management at the University of Barcelona, consisting of 5 part time courses (Master in Cultural Management; Diploma in Cultural Policies and Management; Diploma in International Cultural Management and Cooperation; Diploma in Cultural Tourism; and Diploma in Performing Arts Production).

Lluís Bonet has been research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and invited professor at the Université de Montpelier. He has been invited lecturer in over 30 different countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. In 2002 he won the Research Prize of the Catalan Audiovisual Council with a research on The Audiovisual industry faced to the digitalitzation process.  In addition Dr. Bonet  serves as ‘the President of the Juree of the Cultural Policy Research Award founded by the European Cultural Foundation and he is a member of the Board of the Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI). Previously he has been President of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC), and Vicepresident of the Cooperativa ABACUS and the Assotiation of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE).

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Frédéric Gimello-Mesplomb

Frédéric Gimello-Mesplomb is a researcher and an academic working as a Director of the Master programme in Mediation and Cultural Expertise and an Associate Professor of Film Studies and Cultural Economics at the University of Lorraine. Frédéric works in the area of political economy of cultural industries and socio-economy of culture and media. His research engages with questions of cultural evaluation and classification, and processes of legitimation of films and filmmakers within the public support system. From 2000 to 2004 he was researcher for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and from 2003 he is an expert for the European Commission (DG Research and DG Education & Media).

Additionally Frédéric is an Adjunct Professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) and a coordinator of the European Master in Arts, Culture and International Management (EMACIM). He was also a visiting professor in various institutions worldwide (Napoli and Florida, 2010; Poland 2011). In 2006 he was elected as a member of the academic board of the National American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy Awards).

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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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Jean-Cédric Delvainquière

Jean-Cédric Delvainquière has been a research officer in the Department of Studies, Future Trends and Statistics (DEPS) in the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 1997.  At the DEPS he was in charge of issues relating to public funding for culture and domestic cultural policies and was responsible for the surveys on local cultural expenditure. Trained as an economist he had been involved for 5 years (1991-1996) in the research carried on by the European Commission on local economic development and social exclusion strategies (in the frame of the programme “Poverty 3″).

Mr. Delvainquière has also been involved in the research supported by the Ministry on cultural diversity and on the topic of cultural attractiveness. He also participated in the work on regional cultural policies and on their economic dimensions. Hence his interests lie in the field of financing the arts and culture, institutional and organisational structures for cultural policy, cultural observatories and networks, and decentralization.

Mr. Delvainquière is also a member of the French planning Office (called the Plan), working group on the cultural attractiveness of France (from 2003 to 2005), a part of the Eurostat work group on the harmonisation of statistics on European cultural funding (from 2000 to 2004) and a contributor to several international comparisons studies, among which is the “Compendium on cultural policies and trends in Europe”. In addition, he gives lecturers at the Paris VII “Denis Diderot” University on Local Cultural Policies and at the University of Avignon, on National and European Cultural Institutions.

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Hristina Mikic

Hristina Mikic is a lecturer, expert, and consultant within the field of cultural policies and culture economics. She is an executive director of SFBC-Creative Economy Group and as an expert she is covering feasibility studies, cultural policies in Europe and cultural industries by promoting and implementing a new standards in legislative protocols.

She worked as a national expert/consultant in several international project such as “Entrepreneurship Serbia” – UNDP; “UK SEE Forum” – British Council; “Severance to job” UNDP; “Feasibility Study for Central Institute for Conservation and Restoration in Serbia”-The Ministry of foreign affairs of Italy; “Compendium of Cultural Policies in Europe”-Council of Europe/ERICArts, UNESCO/UIS “Measuring economic contribution of cultural industries” etc.

Hristina gained professional experience at the Association for promotion and development of culture, Belgrade (2001-2003) as a Financial and tax consulting officer; at the Ministry of culture as a analyst of media economics (2003-2004) and at the Art Council of Switzerland PRO HELVETIA-Swiss Cultural Programme Serbia and Montenegro as a financial and administration officer (2004-2006), and from 2006-2007 as a financial consultant, in the period 2006-2012. she was employed as a lecturer at Higher Business School for professional studies in Novi Sad.

Since 2010, Hristina is PhD candidate in Economics, economic policy and development at the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade. In 2004 she obtained an M. Sc in Economy and in 2000 a B.Sc degree in Economics at the University of Belgrade, Faculty for Economics (Serbia).

She had published more than 30 scientific papers in domestic and international journals, 5 books and several research policy papers/studies for various international bodies (The Ministry of culture of the Republic of Serbia, The Ministry of international affairs of Italy; UNESCO, UNDP, British Council Belgrade etc).

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