Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


New Centre for Cultural Policy launches at Leeds

May 10th, 2018

Dance performance

The University of Leeds’ research in cultural policy studies is diverse and internationally-recognized. As a research hub for the interdisciplinary field of cultural policy studies, the Centre for Cultural Policy is a new centre dedicated to exploring and expanding the breadth of multi- and inter-disciplinary research in the field of cultural policy, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Centre was founded by the late Dr Anna Upchurch, who worked at University of Leeds for seven years until her death in 2017. Anna also founded and co-edited (alongside Professor Ele Belfiore) the Palgrave Macmillan book series, New Directions in Cultural Policy Research.

The Centre for Cultural Policy supports and provides a showcase for rigorous, critical and cutting-edge academic research and knowledge exchange across the arts and cultural sector and the wider creative industries. Its simple purpose is to bring people together who share an intellectual and professional interest in everything connected to cultural policy and how cultural policies impact on society. Its activities bring together academics from Schools across the University of Leeds, including:

The Centre stimulates cultural policy research by:

  • promoting formal and informal conversations about cultural policy via seminars and lectures
  • seeding new partnerships and collaborations
  • providing regular networking opportunities for scholars, practitioners, artists and policymakers
  • serving as a portal for new publications, books, articles, and events at the University of Leeds and throughout the north of England

To find out more please visit the Centre for Cultural Policy website

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