ASK – Centre for Research on Management and Economics of Arts and Culture Institutions

ASK Centre (Art, Science and Knowledge) has been founded at Bocconi University, Italy, with the aim of carrying out both theoretical and empirical researches and promoting cultural planning and cultural institutions management activities. The Research Centre is focused on activities and sectors significantly characterized by the relationship between Arts and Economics, and in particular:

  • Economics, management, conservation and valorization of cultural goods and heritage, artistic and cultural traditions and productions.
  • Economics, management and social promotion of cultural industries, such as publishing, media, and the film industry.
  • Economics, management and valorization of leisure/entertainment and tourism activities.
  • Urban and territorial valorization (Art cities).
In that context, the research areas include Contemporary Art, Cultural Heritage, Festivals and Events, Cultural Industries and Intellectual Property.
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Elisabeth Mayerhofer

Elisabeth Mayerhofer is a freelance cultural researcher, cultural manager and university lecturer. She holds a MA in German, French and Spanish Philology from the Universities of Graz and Vienna and MBA in International Arts Management from University of Salzburg.   She is a managing director of IG Kultur Österreich.  Previously, she worked as a program manager at VHS - Wiener Volkshochschulen, senior researcher at MICA – Music Information Center Austria and guest researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam.  Elisabeth is a member of the Advisory Board of Open Space Open Systems and a member of the Editing Board of Kulturrisse. Her research interests are cultural and artistic labour markets, cultural and creative industries, gender studies, cultural policy and arts management.


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AEC – Association of Cultural Economics

AEC is a non-profit organisation, based in Italy,  with diverse goals in the cultural field that aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of cultural economics and policy issues and stimulate greater efficiency in governmental programmes.  It promotes a balanced and sustainable economic exploitation of heritage and promotes partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to support cultural ‘goods and activities’. AEC cooperates with international, European, national, local and and foreign institutions and agencies, both public and private.

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KULTINDEX is a Budapest based non-profit  NGO,  established in 2005.  Its mission is to help the cultural sector in Hungary by providing high quality services to its cultural operators. Its main activities include: consultancy; trainings and seminars; and organising events targeted to experts in the field of education and culture. KULTINDEX provides  knowhow  in writing applications for national and international, especially European, calls for proposals. Besides writing the applications and tenders it also offers consultancy on project management, on writing final reports  and also on finding international project partners.  It has developed  various trainings for cultural operators in Hungary including “EU and Culture” and  “Training on how to write an application”.

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Therese Kaufmann

Therese Kaufmann is a co-director of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies in Vienna (eipcp), and one of the editors of the multilingual web journal transversal. She currently coordinates the research project Creating Worlds (2009-2012). She was coordinator of the transnational art- and research project “translate”: Beyond Culture: The Politics of Translation (2005-2008).   She also took part in the project team of republicart (2002-2005). Therese is a member of the editorial board of the journal Kulturrisse.  She teaches regularly on cultural policy and cultural theory. From 2003-2006 she was a board member of  Culture Action Europe and has a interest in EU cultural policy and transnational cultural policies in general.  She graduated in German literature and art history at the University of Vienna and in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College / University of London. She has published  books Borders, Nations, Translations and  Nach Bourdieu: Visualität, Kunst, Politik.

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Monika Mokre

Monika Mokre is  a research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Studies and History of Theatre, Austrian Academy of Sciences and lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Studies and Cultural Management, University of Music and Performing Arts, the Rosa-Mayreder-College, and Webster University Vienna as well as  lecturer at the M.A. Programme  Cultural Production  of the University of Salzburg and Mozarteum. She is a chairman of eipcp ( European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies), board member of FOKUS, the Austrian Association for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies, board member of Mediacult (International Research Institute for Media, Communication and Cultural Development) and deputy chair of the Advisory Panel on Cultural Diversity of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO.  Her research areas include  European Democracy and Public Sphere, Cultural Politics and Financing of the Arts, Media Politics,  Gender Studies.

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Gerald Raunig

Gerald Raunig is a philosopher and art theoretician who lives in Austria. He works at the  Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and at the eipcp (European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies). He was coordinator  of the transnational eipcp research projects republicart (2002-2005), transform (2005-2008) and Creating Worlds (2009-2012). Raunig is a member of the editorial board of the multilingual webjournal transversal  and the Austrian journal for radical democratic cultural politics, Kulturrisse.  Among  his recently  published books in English are: Art and Revolution. Transversal Activism in the Long Twentieth Century, Art and Contemporary Critical Practice. Reinventing Institutional Critique,  A Thousand Machines,  and Critique of Creativity.


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Sylvia Amann

Sylvia Amann holds a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Sorbonne University in Paris. She completed her education with postgraduate studies at the Institute for Communication Science in Vienna. Sylvia Amann works as an expert for national ministries, regional authorities and European institutions and networks  on integration of culture and creative potential in EU funding programmes (especially EU Structural Funds and Programmes for rural development). She is a researcher and consultant specialised in strategic planning for the creative industries and was responsible for related mapping and benchmarking activities for several European regions and cities.  Ms.  Amann  is also a policy adviser developing local and regional creative policies.  She designs and moderates international and interregional conferences on creative and cultural issues related to urban and regional development.   She worked on EU culture policy since 1995, first on regional level and later as project manager at Culture Action Europe in Brussels. In 2000, she founded her consulting company inforelais.  She is part of several networks like the Advisory Borad Cultural Development Plan Linz, the Export network of the arge creativwirtschaft Austria and the Central European Cultural Cooperation( EEIG).

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Cas Smithuijsen

Cas Smithuijsen is director of the Boekman Foundation, Study Centre for the Arts, Culture and Related Policy in Amsterdam since 1986. He studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam and has written numerous articles on various aspects of cultural policy. He completed a PhD on the relation between performers of classical music and their audiences.  He is a national expert for the Compendium – Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.  In 2006, he authored and edited the book en titled Cultural Policy in the Netherlands.

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Agência INOVA

Agencia INOVA is a non-profit institution, based in Portugal, supporting arts, culture and creative industries. Its focus is placed on creative economy, NGO sector, cultual management and cultural policies, as well as, the territorial development. It aims include promotion and dissemination of  different forms of cultural expression nationally and internationally; organisation of different training activities aimed at cultural and arts sector; as well as preparation, organisation and implementation of cultural and artistic projects. INOVA is composed of the following strategic units: consulting unit; training unit; information unit; special projects unit.   INOVA is the institution responsible for the implementation of entrepreneurship policies in the artistic and cultural sector in Portugal.

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