On the evening of 27 September 2018 in Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Alba Victoria Zamarbide Urdaniz from Waseda University in Japan was announced as the winner of the 5th ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management.

The 2018 Award winner was revealed at the ENCATC Research Award Ceremony held in Bucharest, Romania during the 26th ENCATC Congress “Beyond EYCH2018. What is the cultural horizon? Opening up perspectives to face ongoing transformations.” The Ceremony attracted a global audience of leading academics and renowned researchers, policy makers, cultural operators, and artists who were joined by representatives from the European Parliament and the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Identity.

The Award Ceremony was opened by Tanja Johansson, ENCATC Board Member and Professor, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland.

Next, Prof. Mircea Dumitru, PhD, Rector of the University of Bucharest the largest university in Romania and one of the first two in the country, addressed the audience to emphasize the crucial relationship between research and teaching. He also praised the important work being done by PhD students as the next generation of talent bringing new perspectives to benefit cultural management and policy.

After the presentations by the finalists, ENCATC was honoured to have the winner announced by Mircea Diaconu, Member of the European Parliament, Vicechair Committee on Culture and Education.

Speaking on behalf of the Award’s International Jury, Francesca Imperiale, President of ENCATC said: “This extremely well designed and written study, with its rich theoretical perspective, comparative approach, and “real world” application, reflects the true spirit of the ENCATC Research Award.”

The winner, Dr. Alba Victoria Zamarbide Urdaniz expressed her deep gratitude for the ENCATC Award’s prestigious international recognition: “I would like to thank ENCATC and the Award’s international jury for this opportunity to share my research in Europe and beyond that has benefited from a social approach which I learn from a Japanese methodology. This proves that the consideration of many human layers of cultural management needs worldwide attention.

Alongside the 2018 winner, the finalists were applauded for their relevant contributions to the field of cultural management and policy research: Dr. Francesca Giliberto for her PhD on “Linking Theory with Practice: Assessing the Integration of a 21st Century International Approach to Urban Heritage Conservation, Management and Development in the World Heritage Cities of Florence and Edinburgh” obtained from Politecnico di Torino in Italy and the University of Kent in the United Kingdom and Dr. Matina Magkou, for her PhD on “Value and evaluation in international cultural cooperation programmes focus on the EuroArab region” obtained from the University of Deusto in Spain.


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