Core Members

This network brings together academic researchers from diverse disciplines and arts and cultural management practitioners. The following individuals are core members of the research network:

Hilary S. Carty MBA CCMI is a consultant, facilitator, coach and External Lecturer at Kufstein University, Austria.  With Honorary Doctorates from the University of Westminster, De Montfort and Middlesex Universities and Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmith’s University, Hilary’s career demonstrates a successful record of senior roles including Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme, a £22m government investment in excellence in leadership within the UK cultural and creative industries; Director, London (Arts) at Arts Council England; and Director, Culture and Education at London 2012.

Victoria Durrer is the network’s Principal Investigator. She is Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. She is Co-Founder of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland. Her research and publications focus on cultural policy design and delivery, the social processes of cultural production and engagement within institutional settings, the socialisation of arts managers and cultural policy makers, and issues of inclusion within the arts and cultural sector.  She is currently co-editing the Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy with Toby Miller and Dave O’Brien.

Carla Figueira is the Director of the MA in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London. Carla is an international relations graduate of the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (Portugal) – she moved to London after a career in arts management. In the UK, she gained an MA in Arts Management (City University, UK, Chevening Scholar) and a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management (City University, UK, Praxis XXI Scholar).

Lisa Gaupp studied cultural studies, intercultural & international studies and ethnomusicology at the universities of Lüneburg, Barcelona and Hanover as a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Her doctoral thesis focuses on mechanism of “othering” in “intercultural” policies in the field of music. In her postdoc research she analyzes curatorial strategies regarding cultural diversity at transnational Performing Arts festivals. Lisa Gaupp lived in the USA, Haiti, Guatemala and Spain and was the Executive Manager of the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition (Stiftung Niedersachsen).

Raphaela Henze is the network’s Co-Investigator. She is professor of Arts Management at Heilbronn University. Prior to joining Heilbronn University in 2010 she worked in several senior management positions in universities, ministries and foundations. Her main research focus is on the impacts of globalisation and internationalisation on arts management and arts management education. She has just published the first book on international arts management in the German language “Einführung in das Internationale Kulturmanagement”. The English translation will appear in spring 2017. She studied law at Humboldt-University Berlin and Paris X-Nanterre in France, received her Ph.D. from Ruhr University Bochum, was a postdoc at Yale Law School, USA, as well as at the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) in Tokyo, Japan. She has an MBA from the University of London.

Nanna Kann-Rasmussen is head of Centre for Cultural Policy Studies and an associate professor, Ph.D. at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include strategy and legitimation work in cultural institutions, cultural leadership, policy analysis and public libraries. She is currently involved in a project with partners from Norway and Sweden concerned with the development of a new Nordic MA degree in Cultural Policy and Cultural Leadership. Furthermore she is the editor of NTIK a Nordic journal on Information Science and Cultural Communication.

Ina Ross is a Guest Lecturer in Arts Management at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India. She is currently conducting her PhD studies on cultural audiences in India at IKM – Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Sciences, Vienna. Ina has worked and written on the practice of arts management in India. Her pieces on “Arts Management the Indian Way” (in the Journal of International Arts Management, Montreal) and “How theatre can be successful in India: The example of Assam” ( in the New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge) will be published in 2017. In German she has published „Der Buddha und die Biennale. Wie sich Kulturmanagement in Indien neu erfindet – und was wir davon lernen können“ (“The Buddha and the Biennale. Arts Management in India and what can we learn from it“) in Kulturpolitische Mitteilungen, Bonn. In her essays she explores local arts management traditions and developments as well as their relevance in an international context.

Julia Rowntree, creative producer and arts development consultant, co-directs Clayground Collective which combines participatory public art with education and research. Previously at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), she was Development Director, then Director of the LIFT Business Arts Forum. Publications include: Changing the Performance (Routledge 2006); International Cultural Leadership and its Development (2010) with Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal. Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), Clayground received a national award for passing on craft skills.

Maruška Svašek is Reader in Anthropology in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University, Belfast and Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Her main research interests include material culture, art, migration, emotional dynamics and conflict. Recent major publications include Anthropology, Art and Cultural Production (2007), Emotions and Human Mobility. Ethnographies of Movement(2012), Moving Subjects, Moving Objects: Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions(2012) and Creativity in Transit. Politics and Aesthetics of Cultural Production Across the Globe(with Birgit Meyer, 2016). She is co-editor of the Berghahn bookseries Material Mediations. From 2010-2012, she led the HERA-funded interdisciplinary collaborative Research Project ‘Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement’. At present she is revisiting the theme of her 1997 PhD Dissertation that was entitled, ‘Styles, Struggles and Careers: the Czech Art World, 1948-1992, and investigating the relation between politics and the visual arts in the Czech Republic after 1992. The research will result in a monograph on Czech art and politics from 1948-2018.

Gernot Wolfram. Professor for Media and Arts Management at the Macromedia University. His research focus is on transcultural hermeneutics, strategies of empowerment and participation, community building and arts management. Since 2006 he works as expert for Media Studies and Arts Management for the “Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung” (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Berlin. Currently he is researching on issues of cultural integration of refugees in Germany.