The 2015 Award winners: Alessia Usai and Annika Hampel

On the evening of 25 November in Brussels, Dr. Alessia Usai from Italy and Dr. Annika Hampel from Germany were announced as the winners of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Management. 

Annika Hampel (left) and Alessia Usai (right).

Alessia Usai, from Italy from the University of Cagliari won for her PhD thesis on “The Creative City. Cultural policies and urban regeneration between conservation and development”. 

Alessia Usai is a PhD Student of the PhD program in Technology for the preservation of architectural and environmental heritage, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Cagliari. Her research is related to cultural heritage, landscape and urban planning. Her PhD thesis entitled “The creative city. Cultural policies and urban regeneration between conservation and development” analyzes the relationships between cultural heritage and urban planning according to the creative city principles and the landscape approach outlined by the European Landscape Convention in order to identify best practices for the development of innovative cultural policies and new urban regeneration tools (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Anna Maria Colavitti, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning).

Annika Hampel, from Germany from the University of Hildesheim, won for her PDH thesis on “Fair Cooperation. Partnership based cooperation in Foreign Culture Policy”.

Annika Hampel studied Applied Cultural Sciences at the universities of Lüneburg and Passau, focused on international project management and arts organisation. In July 2014 she completed her PhD thesis on international cooperations at the Department of Cultural Policy/ UNESCO-Chair at the University of Hildesheim. Before and while her PhD studies Annika Hampel worked at the University of Cologne and the University of Hildesheim in the fields of International Relations, Science and Project Management. She assisted among others at the Goethe-Institutes Ghana and Bolivia, coordinating and managing cultural projects and events. Two times Annika Hampel received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for her education and professional experiences in Ghana and India.