Cultural Policy Research Award

Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) for applied comparative cultural policy research

next deadline: 24/05/2010

The main aim of the Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) is to stimulate academic research in the field of cultural policy. The overall area covered by the award is applied comparative cultural policy research.

Emphasis is placed on research which analyses various aspects of cultural diversity in Europe and which seeks to inform policymaking and benefit practitioners active in the field. Proposed research projects must focus on matters related to the challenges of cultural diversity. Proposals may tackle this highly topical issue affecting contemporary Europe at three levels:
a) locally/regionally/nationally;
b) at European level; and
c) globally,
in relation to its impact on European cultural development.

The term “research in cultural diversity” is used inclusively to refer to cultural policies, education and training, civil society activities, aspects of foreign and security policies, aspects of migration, enlargement and European neighbourhood policies. However, a clear emphasis must be placed on the role of arts and culture in this context.

In exploring the role of arts and culture at a time of increased heterogeneity, the research project must address the political and cultural urgency of diversity within our societies and within Europe. It must provide new insights and suggest practical policy orientations and/or recommendations for decision-makers and thinkers (new policy solutions and proposals of new instruments and/or procedures which will create favourable conditions for cultural diversity).

Priority will be given to evaluative, comparative and action-research projects which cover the European or macro-regional space. The research outcomes should contain relevant policy proposals for systemic and structural changes, or innovative ideas for rethinking cultural diversity as a resource in the current European context.

In 2010 the  award will focus on 4 main issues:
1. Developing intercultural and trans-national dimensions of cultural policies
2. European cultural policies in the context of globalisation
3. Social dimensions of cultural policies
4. Values and ethics in cultural policy

# open to candidates from all European countries
# candidates must be able to speak and write in English.
# candidates are young academics, researchers and policymakers
# candidates must be educated to M.A. level in social sciences, art & humanities, or public policy research
# candidates must be no older than 35 at the time of applying
Candidates will be assessed according to their qualifications, the relevance of their research project to cultural policy issues, and their vision of how policy recommendations could be implemented.

The winner of the CPR Award 2010 will receive a grant of EUR 10.000 and will be publicly announced in the International ENCATC Conference taking place in Brussels in October 2010.

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