On 27 September 2017 Dr. Rebecca Amsellem from France was announced as the winner of has won the 4th ENCATC Research Award for her PhD thesis, The international strategies of museums and their new business models” defended at University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

The 2017 ENCATC Research Award Ceremony held in Brussels during the 25th ENCATC Congress “Click, Connect and Collaborate! New directions in sustaining cultural networks.” As the Congress was held under the patronage of the Flemish Commission of UNESCO, the Award Ceremony was opened by Prof. Marc Vervenne, President of the
UNESCO Commission Flanders, Belgium.

The Ceremony continued with two previous winners presenting their newly published work in the ENCATC Book Series on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education: 2015 winner ex aequo Dr. Annika Hampel from the Institute of Technology in Germany and author of “Fair Cooperation. A New Paradigm for Cultural Diplomacy and Arts Management“; and the 2016 winner Dr. Elena Borin from the Burgundy School of Business and author of “Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Sector: A Comparative Approach to European Models.

To announce the winner to the international audience of leading academics and renowned researchers, representatives from the European Commission, policy makers, cultural practitioners, and artists, ENCATC was honoured to have Catherine Magnant, Advisor, Head of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage task force at the European Commission, deliver the Award.

Speaking on behalf of the Award’s international jury, Annick Schramme, President of ENCATC said: “The variety and quality of the selected finalists were very high. One was an excellent, theoretical and original reflection about the concept of audience development in relation with cultural policy and democracy; another used an innovative and mixed qualitative and quantitative methodology to measure the high perceived success of small-sized creative organisations; finally, a well-written and elaborated empirical analysis of the international strategies of museums and their business models. The jury decided to give the Award to the latter because it met the most of the ENCATC Award’s criteria. The jury strongly believes that Rebecca’s sound comparative and empirical research will have high relevance for the practice in different parts of the world.”

The winner, Dr. Rebecca Amsellem expressed her esteemed gratitude for this international recognition: “I would like to thank deeply the members of the jury for this honour. I would like to thank Professor Greffe for believing in this research from the beginning and accompanying me through the whole PhD. The ENCATC organisation has been a true ally to cultural researchers throughout its existence and I am truly grateful that my research is a part of it.

Alongside the 2017 winner, the finalists were applauded for their relevant contributions to the field of cultural management and policy research: Dr. Steven Hadley from the United Kingdom for his PhD thesis “Clothed in an inclusive ethic: Discourses of Democracy and the Role of Audience Development in English Cultural Policy” and Dr. Sofie Jacobs from Belgium for her PhD thesis “A configurational perspective on success in small-sized creative organisations.”


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