Krisztina Keresztély is a research consultant specialised in urban and cultural policies. Her field of expertise is related to sustainable urban development, social cohesion and urban renewal. She has a fifteen year-experience in the organisation, management and the comparative analyses of European cities. She carried out several studies on behalf of different organisations such as the UNESCO, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the URBACT secretariat, and, in France, Anah (National Habitat Agency) and the Ministry for Urban Issues (Ministère de la Ville). For ten years she worked as a researcher and was the head of department at the Centre for Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006 she works as independent consultant in Paris, collaborating with a group of French consultants (ACT Consultants) specialised in different fields of local and territorial development, with several decades of experiences in working on behalf of different French and international organisations.Tags: cultural research, EU, European cities, Hungary, Local and Regional Development, urban and cultural policy, urban culture
Association KulturaNova is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded as an “umbrella” for various non-formal independent art groups, individuals, and young artists from Novi Sad. KulturaNova is working within the field of youth culture, popularisation and affirmation of art and culture and on raising awareness of relevant social issues by promoting cultural diversity and tolerance. Its main activities are covering: festivals & events (culture), lectures, conferences (human rights, youth policy) and workshops, seminars (education, cultural policy).
KulturaNova is encouraging cultural policy development by participating and developing cross border cooperation projects, such as:
- Pannonia reunion is joint cross-border cooperation among Youth cultural organisations of EU border countries supporting youth and culture in the region of Pannonia valley and generating collaborative exchanges.
- River Cities platform is a partnership between cultural organisations undertaking set of actions, environmental and political initiatives with the goal to develop rivers and waterfronts as cultural spaces and increase the impact of culture on the sustainable development of urban waterfronts for the benefit of their citizens. River Cities platform is financed by ECF.
- Youth Culture Centre campaign is undertaking different forms of cultural action and participation together with education on cultural policy, public art and activism with the main aim of straightening NGO scene and taking over unused venues.
Multimedia Institute [mi2] emerged in 1999 as one of non-governmental spin-offs from the Open Society Institute Croatia dealing with social approaches to technology and digital culture and with social theory. Multimedia Institute’s activities range from informal education and training in technology and digital media, free software development, archiving and publishing of digital and print media, cultural management and content curation, as well as policy and advocacy theory and praxis.
Multimedia Institute [mi2] has helped incubate numerous cultural and social initiatives, including cultural collaboration platform Clubture, iCommons informal cultural advocacy policy forum and the local Right to the City campaign, hosting local hacker community and serving as an open venue for other cultural and social initiatives. It is the organizer of Human Rights Film Festival, electronic music programs, publishing activities and localizer of Creative Commons licenses.
Multimedia Institute is running the net.culture club MaMa, which is a meeting point for different local and international communities ranging from political activists, media artists, electronic music makers, theorists, hackers and free software developers, queer support groups, to the anime community. MaMa’s club space consissts of a lecture and performance room „Duty Free Room“, the central reception room the „Frequent Flyers Zone“ with multi-language library and „Terminals“ linux based workshop space. MaMa set-up a variety of different lecture/discussion/presentation series dealing with its primary fields of interest. Some of those series like Becoming Digital, Caternetics, MaMa čita have in the meanwhile ceased to exist, and among the ones still active as of 2011 are Pastforward, Transverzala, and Vizualni kolegij.Tags: Croatia, cultural advocacy, cultural cooperation, cultural management, cultural participation, cultural production, urban culture
Anja Lungstraß is a researcher and documentarist at the österreichische kulturdokumentation in Vienna. Anja’s research topics cover Austrian, European and international cultural policies, comparative cultural policies, cultural diversity, creative industries and urban cultural policies. Previously she was engaged in programme design working for various publishing houses, press work and marketing. Anja studied German literature, psychology, publishing and bibliology in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Munich and graduated in cultural management at the Vienna Institute for Culture Concepts. In 1993, she was awarded with a Master’s Degree in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology from Freie Universtität Berlin (Germany). In 1994, Anja earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Book and Media Sciences from Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Germany) and in 2008 a Post Graduate Certificate in Cultural Management from Institut für Kulturkonzepte Wien (Austria).
She is actively engaged in various cooperation-projects, for example as a national correspondent for the study “Contribution of Culture to Local and Regional Development as part of European Cohesion Policy” (CSES/ERICarts, 2010). Also, Anja is an author of several publications and articles, such as „ Who does the city belong to? Vienna – art in public space since 1968″ (KÖR GmbH, Kunsthalle Wien, 2009) and “The UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions – Stocktaking on Implementation and Application in Austria” (for the Austrian UNESCO Commission, ÖUK 2010).Tags: austria, comparative cultural policy, cultural diversity, cultural documentation, cultural research, EUs Cultural Policies and Programmes, Local and Regional Development, urban culture
Beatrice Manzoni works as a consultant and researcher for ASK Research Centre on Management and Economics for Cultural Institutions, Bocconi University, Milan, with expertise in business plans, feasibility studies and organizational design for cultural institutions. She holds a BSc and MSc in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy (2004) , and BSc in Architecture from Politecnico in Milan, Italy (2007). Her work interests are centered around project management for cultural institutions, creativity, cultural policies, urban development and regeneration. Ms Manzoni also teaches courses in Production Systems for Arts and Media, Cultural Management, Project and Team Management.creativity, cultural management, cultural policy, culture and development, Italy, Mediterranean, South East Europe, urban culture
The Centre for Social Studies, founded in 1978 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, is a scientific institution devoted to research and advanced training in the area of the social sciences and humanities. Cities, Cultures, and Architecture (CCArq), a research group within the Centre, is focused on the latest issues in studying cities, cultures and architecture and socio-cultural urban dynamics. The research is intended to recombine perspectives from socio-anthropology, arts and cultural studies, architecture to analyze urban lifestyles and means of resistance, socioeconomic conditions of residents, the impacts of tourism, affirmations of cultural expressions, and the democratic governance of cities. Studies on architectural theory and history and on the history of construction contribute to the interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches within this research group.Tags: cultural heritage, cultural research, EU, Portugal, urban culture
The European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur) aims to gain a deeper understanding of how cities develop and how they are managed. The institute has its seat with Erasmus University Rotterdam, but has a close cooperation with other universities in Europe, the US and Asia. Euricur initiates and carries out studies on strategic urban issues in response to the challenges cities and metropolitan regions face. It provides knowledge on urban management and urban development to scholars, policy makers and professionals; conducts research and give recommendations to the decision-makers. Moreover, Euricur offers short executive courses and master classes to the policy makers, advisors and managers in the field of urban management.Tags: cultural education, cultural policy, cultural research, EU, the Netherlands, urban culture
Culturelab aims to promote an individual and community development through arts and cultural activities and creative and innovative use of cultural resources, such as physical assets and opportunities for cultural engagement. Its special areas of interest are: cultural diversity and cooperation for sustainable development, arts and positive change in communities, building community identity, culture as economic engine for local development, personal social development through arts and culture, urban renewal and revitalization. Culturelab’s main activities are: research, initiation of innovative projects, consulting, training and evaluation. In conducting research, Culturelab uses an interdisciplinary approach and operates with observatories and think-tanks in different domains.Tags: cultural education, cultural policy, culture and development, Latvia, Northern Europe, urban culture
Charles Landry was educated in Britain, Germany and Italy. He is best known for his book ‘The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators’. In 1978 he founded the think tank Comedia, which was the first organisation to explore the connection between culture, creativity and city transformation. Charles undertakes tailored research and facilitates complex urban change and visioning processes. He also develops his own projects, often in collaboration with cities, such as ‘the creative city index’, the intercultural city project, and the on-going ‘creative bureaucracy’, research on how public administrations can be accountable, flexible and entrepreneurial. He has completed nearly 200 projects for public and private clients and has given speeches in nearly 50 countries worldwide.Tags: creativity, cultural research, EU, Great Britain, urban culture
Jordi Pascual coordinates the process ‘Agenda 21 for culture’ and the Committee on Culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on behalf of the City of Barcelona. He teaches urban cultural policies and management at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and has worked for the Interarts Foundation and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He often writes articles on cultural policies and local development and gives conferences on the role of culture in sustainable development. He has been a member of the jury of the European Capital of Culture in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016. His recent publications include: ‘Culture and Sustainable Development: Examples of institutional innovation and proposals for a new cultural policy profile’ (UCLG-UNESCO) and ‘On Citizen Participation in Local Cultural Policy Development for European Cities’ (European Cultural Foundation).Tags: cultural cooperation, cultural management, cultural research, culture and development, Mediterranean, Spain, urban culture