On the evening of 16 December 2016 in Brussels, Elena Borin, from Italy, was announced as the winner of the 3rd ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management for her PhD thesis, “Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Sector: A comparative analysis of European Models” defended at the University of Ferrara in Italy.

The Award winner was revealed at the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony organised at the Balassi Institute Brussels to an international audience of leading academics and renowned researchers, representatives from the European Commission, policy makers, cultural practitioners, and artists.

The ceremony included a presentation by Alessia Usai from the University of Cagliari in Italy, and the winner of the 2015 ENCATC Research Award. She presented her new book “The Creative City. Cultural policies and urban regeneration between conservation and development,” the second volume of the ENCATC Book Series on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education.

Next, Award Jury members and the two Award finalists had a panel discussion on the “Role of research for the practice and the importance of comparative and global research”.
When it came time to announce the winner, ENCATC was honoured to have Catherine Magnant, Deputy Head of Unit Cultural Diversity and Innovation at the European Commission deliver the Award. 

Speaking on behalf of the Award’s international jury, Annick Schramme, President of ENCATC said: “The work of Elena Borin  is based on impressive empirical research, with 8 case-studies from four different European countries; It has significant policy relevance, by providing a more nuanced understanding of public-private and multi-stakeholder cultural partnerships – such partnerships are increasingly important, in the context of declining State support for the arts in Europe. In addition the focus of the research on Public-Private Partnership in the cultural sector is a central subject of first importance at the extent that the model of state support is declining and the entrepreneurial model becomes more and more important.
The winner, Elena Borin expressed her esteemed gratitude for this international recognition from the Award jury and ENCATC: “This research was made possible thanks to the ENCATC network through which I was able to establish connections to carry out my comparative research in four European countries. I am looking forward to continuing my research career, relationship with ENCATC, and the exciting new opportunities that lie ahead,” said Elena Borin.
Alongside the 2016 winner, the second finalist, Jonathan Price from the Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) in United Kingdom, received a special mention for his PhD thesis, “The Discourse of Cultural Leadership” from the Award’s international jury for his relevant contribution to the field of cultural management and policy research.


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