TEAM

CICERONE is conducted by an international research consortium in which seven European universities, a Bulgarian think tank and a Brussels-based policy design research center participate. The research team consists of sociologists, human, cultural and economic geographers, cultural study specialists, economistst and historians, all of which bringing in extensive expertise on the cultural and creative industries.

CICERONE partners & researchers

The research consortium is coordinated by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and its Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), which unites all of the university’s social science research. The AISSR studies contemporary societies and their interrelationships from historical, comparative and empirical perspectives, and is considered one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary social science research organizations.

Robert Kloosterman

Robert C. Kloosterman

Professor of Economic Geography and Planning

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Principal Investigator of the CICERONE project is Robert C. Kloosterman, Professor of Economic Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. Kloosterman has published extensively on urban issues such as labour market developments in urban areas, migrant entrepreneurship, and more recently on cultural industries, especially music and architectural design, as well as planning issues related to cultural amenities. Kloosterman is former director of the Amsterdam Institute of Metropolitan and International Development Studies and currently heads the research unit Geographies of Globalisations at the Amsterdam Institute for Social science Research. He has worked at the Universities of Leiden, Utrecht and Delft, was Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, and held visiting professorships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study and the University of California. Kloosterman has received research grants from, among others, the Dutch Scientific Council NWO, the European Union, the European Science Foundation, several Dutch Ministries, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.

Joris de Vries

Joris de Vries

Project manager

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Joris de Vries is research funding advisor with a specific focus on multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects. His primary activity is the identification of new opportunities to coordinate new multipartner research projects and to provide full support in the proposal preparation phase. He collaborates with scholars in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, which includes the disciplines of Psychology as well as Communication, Pedagogical and the Social Sciences. De Vries was involved in the setting-up of the CICERONE project and now also acts as its manager. In this role, he provides support to the consortium such that they can deliver what the project promises to do. De Vries is member of the CICERONE Management Team and supervises financial controlling, implements communication and dissemination strategies, and monitors compliance with regards to data management, ethics and quality control.

Milja Vriesema

Milja Vriesema

Junior researcher

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Milja Vriesema has finished her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Amsterdam in June 2019. For her master thesis, she focused on the collaborative planning strategy. Over the last thirty years, this planning strategy has quickly gained popularity and this has changed the executive roles of government and citizen. Milja’s thesis zoomed in on this organizational shift and provided insight into how collaborative planning influences the provision of urban collective goods. Milja conducted a comparative case study on two recently transformed collective goods on IJburg, a residential area in Amsterdam. A central theme in this thesis was the debate about consensus versus compromise in collaborative planning strategies.

Before the Urban and Regional Planning master, Milja completed the bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. This program teaches students to research social issues in a broader interdisciplinary manner. Milja’s bachelor thesis zoomed in on a project of mixed cohabitation of students and status holders in Amsterdam. While writing these theses, Milja realised she is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research. Therefore, she is excited to work as a Junior Researcher at the CICERONE project.

Next to Urban Planning, Milja has a special love for football. In her spare time, she can often be found at WV-HEDW with her teammates, either playing football or enjoying the so-called “third half”.

Suzan van Kempen

Suzan van Kempen

Research Assistant

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My name is Suzan and I’m the youngest member of the CICERONE team. I grew up in the city of Utrecht before leaving to Amsterdam and starting my bachelor studies Human Geography  at the University of Amsterdam. In 2018, as part of my studies, I lived in vibrant Hong Kong for six months, which made me realize even more how much energy I get from new places, people, cultures and environments. To find out whether a research master, possibly ensued by an academic career, would be something for me, I started a research internship at the CICERONE project. So far, it has been a very exciting and interesting project to engage in and I’m learning a lot about the work ‘in the kitchen’ of a big research consortium. I’m eager and excited to see what the CICERONE project will bring about and I’m very enthusiastic to be a part of it.

Andy Pratt

Andy C. Pratt

Professor of Cultural Economy

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Andy C. Pratt is Professor of Cultural Economy in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London. He is Director of the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries; he was previously at King’s College London where he was founding Chair and Head of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries; before that he taught Urban and Economic Geography at LSE, and Planning at the Bartlett, UCL. He is Editor-in-Chief of City, Culture and Society. Andy’s research has been concerned with understanding and explaining the nature of work and organisation in the ‘cultural economy’. This has ranged from exploring cultural work, and labour markets; questions of clustering and co-location; and, the organisation of particular cultural industries notably film, computer games, advertising, ‘new media’, and music. He is has also interested in the processes of innovation and creativity. He has carried out fieldwork on every continent (except Antarctica). Andy has a long interest in cultural policy, urban policy, and creative economy policy; he has written about this, and he has helped draft policy and advise on cultural statistics, with a number of urban, national and international agencies: he has played a seminal role both in the UNESCO/UNCTAD Creative Economy Reports, and in the drafting of the UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics. He has previously received funding from UK research councils AHRC, and ESRC; he is on the Creative Economy advisory board of AHRC.

JENNY Mbaye Fatou

Jenny Mbaye

Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries

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Dr Jenny Mbaye does research in cultural policy and governance, creative economy and labour in relation urban creativity, development and transformation in African contexts. She is a lecturer at the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries (CCCI) at City, University of London. She is the Programme Director of the MA Culture, Policy and Management at City, University of London. She has been the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Ray Pahl Postdoctoral Fellowship at the African Centre for Cities (ACC), University of Cape Town (UCT). Her work focuses on urban popular cultures, and the music economy in relation to entrepreneurship, development and social transformation in Francophone West Africa. She is knowledgeable in creative labour, work and management processes, as well as in cultural marketing, governance and policy in relation to urban creativity. She worked in cultural and media organizations in Senegal and Burkina Faso, and as an academic researcher in Canada, the U.K. and South Africa. She is a UNESCO consultant (UNESCO/HABITAT Culture Urban Future; UNDP/UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013; Praia Declaration; UCCN); Jury Member for the African Art Lines artistic mobility fund, and member of the Arterial Network Cultural Policy Task Group for which she acted as scientific advisor on its African Creative Cities Network pilot programme (2016-18).

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Toby Bennett

Postdoctoral fellow

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Toby Bennett is Post Doctoral Research Fellow on the CICERONE project, based in the Centre of Culture and Creative Industries at City, University of London. His research concerns issues of work, organisation, policy and knowledge in relation to cultural economies, particular from the perspectives of cultural studies, economic sociology and critical/social theory. Empirically, this has primarily (but not exclusively) focused on the music sector, at different scales. His doctoral research looked at employee experiences of digital transition in UK major record labels: including issues of ‘non-creative’ work and coordination in this context, as well as professionalisation through aspects like training and qualifications, commercial and policy research and new expressions of expertise. As postdoctoral researcher at Solent University, he worked on changing urban cultural development strategies, the ‘Music City’ as emerging policy object, and their embeddedness in local social histories. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he trained as a musician and worked in and around music businesses. He has since advised, commented or written reports on various aspects of the music economy for a number of cultural consultancies, trade bodies and journalists.

Marianna d'Ovidio

Marianna d’Ovidio

Assistant Professor of Economic Sociology

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Marianna d’Ovidio is an urban sociologist who holds a PhD (2005) in urban studies. She currently works as Assistant Professor in economic sociology at the University of Bari, while also being a research associate and Board Member of the doctoral school URBEUR – Urban Studies at the University of Milano-Bicocca. D’Ovidio’s research interests include the cultural economy, creativity, and social and cultural innovation, in particular their interactions with local development and urban transformations. She is trained in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and has published extensively on the analysis of creative and cultural industries in the local development of urban regions. D’Ovidio also conducted research on various forms of social innovation, in particular the rising of the “maker movement” and the DIY practises in the urban economy. She was affiliated to the London School of Economics and has also been member of many international research teams, such as Katarsis and Social Polis on social innovation and ACRE on the creative and knowledge economy.

Ldia Greco

Lidia Greco

Associate Professor of Economic and Labour Sociology

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Lidia Greco’s research interest revolves around territorial (regional/urban) and industrial change, also in a global perspective. Through this lens she developed some research themes: firms, people, places; labour markets and policies; institutions and governance. In the last ten years Greco has researched and published on the relationships between global production networks, development and labour. She previously worked as an Associate Researcher at the Employment Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin, where she was involved in a series of European funded projects (FP5 and 6). Greco served as a consultant and evaluator for the European Commission (DG Research and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities) and for the University of Sussex. She was Visiting Scholar at CURDS (Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, Newcastle, UK), at the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (Duke University, USA), directed by Gary Gereffi and, more recently, at the Cardiff Business School (UK). Lidia Greco is in the Scientific Board of the Italian Association of Economic Sociology (2017-2020). She holds a PhD in Economic Geography from Durham University, UK.

Dominic Power

Dominic Power

Professor of Economic Geography

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Dominic Power is Professor in Economic Geography. His research is in the area of creative and culture-based industries, innovation and public policy, and regional industrial competitiveness. Power has published over 70 articles, books, and reports on these topics and has lectured at major scientific and policy conferences around the world. Dominic’s research agenda focuses on the geographical foundations of business competencies and competitiveness and on the economic geography of contemporary economic change. Principally a series of interlinked projects on the cultural industries form the main focus of his research work.

Thomas Boren

Thomas Borén

Associate Professor of Human Geography

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Thomas Borén is Associate Professor in Human Geography. He is also the Chair of the Steering Committee for the interdisciplinary Urban and Regional Planning Programme at Stockholm University. His research interests are in urban cultural geography with a focus on policies, strategies and the role of culture and cultural producers. In his research, urban developments in Sweden and Eastern and Central Europe are of particular interest. Recent and current projects include “City cultures, cultural production and urban regeneration” (2009–2015) and “Creativity from below: Understanding the socio-political construction of ‘creativity’ in the European city” (2016–2019). Recent publications include editing an anthology on urban development (Ymer 2017) and articles in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Local Environment, Urban Geography, Eurasian Geography and Economics, and City, Culture, and Society.

Tove Henriksson

Tove Henriksson

PhD researcher

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Tove Henriksson is a doctoral student in human geography at Stockholm University, with her research interests broadly based in urban and economic geography. In the CICERONE project, Henriksson will conduct case studies within the artistic crafts and music industry. She graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social and economic geography from Uppsala University. During her studies, she worked as editor-in-chief for the Uppsala association of foreign affairs. In addition to her studies in geography, Henriksson holds a bachelor’s in art history and literature from the same alma mater.

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway

Associate Professor of Economics

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Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona (UB), where she directs the Cultural Management Master and acts as Vice-Chair of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR). Pareja-Eastaway is the head of the Barcelona team of the Network of Schools in Creativity and Innovation led by Mosaic in HEC – Montreal and the Barcelona Chapter coordinator of the Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS). She is a member of the UB’s Research Group ‘Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation’ and is actively involved in the Erasmus Mundus + Master ‘Global Markets and Local Creativities’ (GLOCAL). Since 1992, Pareja-Eastaway devotes her research to the analysis of urban problems and in particular, its impact on social, cultural and economic aspects. Her recent research is on creative industries and their contribution to local development and innovation. Multidisciplinary and comparative analyses are constant in her career together with her participation in professional projects in collaboration with public and / or private bodies. She has been the responsible of the UB team in in several EU funded projects (SOCOHO, RESTATE, ACRE) and has led several research projects within the Spanish National Research Plan (CREAURBS, INNOVA, CREASPACE). She has participated in consulting and advisory activities for the BID (Inter-American Development Bank), the Municipality of Barcelona, the University of the Republic in Uruguay and the KREANTA Foundation. She has been Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and the Hong-Kong City University.

Marc Pradel

Marc Pradel

Assistant Professor of Urban Sociology

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Marc Pradel is Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology of the University of Barcelona and a founding member of the Research Group on ‘Creativity, Innovation and Urban Transformation’. His professional career has been molded by his participation in European projects since 2002 (EUROPUB, KATARSIS, ACRE, SOCIAL POLIS). He has been involved also in National (Spanish) research projects. His research interests are linked to citizenship, social inequalities, economic development and governance in European cities. One stream of his research has dealt with economic development, the role and organization of new economic sectors linked to the creative economy, and the capacity of this new economic growth patterns to generate inclusion. A second one, connected with the previous, has dealt with social creativity and the capacity of citizens to innovate to solve social problems and often, to fight for social rights and rebalance power relations. In his latest research, he has focused on innovation and creativity in cities and metropolitan regions, analysing creative actions from artists, neighbours, and excluded groups to face social exclusion. In the project INNOSOGO, he has contributed to the comparison of socially innovative processes in four Spanish cities in the frame of new municipal governments based on the Commons. Results have been published in the book El momento de la Ciudadanía.

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Lía Barrese

Junior researcher

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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lía Barrese graduated as an economist and specialized in creative economy and creative industries. With experience in the public sector, she worked in Buenos Aires City Hall for 4 years; first in the economic research team, and later developing politics to promote the music industry of the city. In 2017, Barrese was selected for the International Master, Global Markets, Local Creativities (GLOCAL) and awarded an EU scholarship. Thanks to this master, she acquired the tool of using a global lens to address local problems and vice versa. With interests ranging from music management and events production to urban development, her latest research focused on creative labour.

Dorota Ilczuk

Dorota Ilczuk

Professor of Economics and Cultural Management

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Dorota Ilczuk is a forerunner of the culture economics in Poland. She is an economist and theoretician of management in culture and creative industries. Ilczuk is head of the Center for Creative Economy Research at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and also lectures at the Warsaw School of Economics. In the years 2001-2007, she was the President of CIRCLE (Cultural Informa9on and Research Centers Liaison in Europe), a European network of institutions dealing with research, documentation and information in the field of culture. She is a founder and former president (2003-2014) of the Pro Cultura Foundation and member of the European Cultural Parliament. Ilczuk cooperates with foreign organizations and scietific societies such as the Council of Europe, European Commission, ERICArts, the Association for Cultural Economics International, the International Society for Third-Sector Research, and Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends. She is the author and co-author of book publications and over one hundred expert opinions and articles in the field of economics of culture and cultural industries, cultural policy, civil society, as well as the functioning of the nonprofit sector. In 2003, Ilczuk was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit.

Anetta Janowska

Anetta Janowska

Assistant Professor of Economics

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Anna Anetta Janowska, PhD, is a former tv journalist and cultural economist, working as an assistant professor in SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. The subject of her PhD thesis was The Recording Industry under the Digital Revolution. In 2016, Janowska spent one month in Ecole des Mines in Paris as a fellow of the French government, whereas in 2019, she received a 5-month fellowship in Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow. Janowska has researched on cultural and creative sectors in the context of the technological breakthrough and particularly on the free culture, copyright and open licenses in the digital environment, as well as the cultural policy and digitization of culture. Janowska strongly supports the idea of the Open Access in science, being the SGH Warsaw School of Economics Rector’s Representative for the Open Access, as well as the author and project manager of the launch of the Cyber Open Repository COR SGH as well as the Open Journal System Platform for the SGH journals. Next to being a scholar, Janowska is also a musician and a big fan of the French chanson, design, crafts as well as… astrophysics.

Emilia

Emilia Cholewicka

PhD researcher

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Emilia Cholewicka is a PhD student in Culture Studies at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. At SWPS, she also obtained her Master’s Degree (with highest distinction). Most of  Cholewicka’s research focusses on the dance labour market. Currently, she is involved in a research on the economical and gender aspects of the ballet labour in main ‘dance capitals’. Before that, she took part in a project that estimated the number of artists and creators in Poland (commissioned by the Polish government). Next to her academic training, Cholewicka also graduated from the State Ballet School in Warsaw and nowadays works as professional ballet dancer too.

Olga Kolokytha

Olga Kolokytha

Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral researcher

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Olga Kolokytha is Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Researcher with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab at the Department of Communication. She holds a PhD in Cultural Institutions Studies awarded with Distinction, an MA in Arts Management and a BA in Musicology and Music Education. She speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and her mother tongue is Greek. She has worked as cultural projects manager in 24 European countries, is regularly invited as a guest lecturer from cultural organisations and is a member of ECURES (the European Association of Cultural Researchers). She has worked with the European Opera Centre as Projects Manager from 2003 until 2015. Her research monograph Artistic Development of Young Professional Singers (2013) explores the notion of Artistic Development multiperspectively and focuses on issues of industry, career and professional development. Her research interests are in the area of cultural and creative industries and European cultural policy. She was one of the 35 representatives of the cultural sector invited by European Commission to participate at the Audience Development via Digital Means Brainstorming Session in Amsterdam and Brussels in 2015. In December 2016, she received the Best Publication Award for the best published PhD for the years 2013-2015 from the University of Music and the Performing Arts of Vienna. In 2018, she was among the key stakeholders invited by the European Commission to the consultation on the future of the European Agenda for Culture.

Raffaela Gmeiner

Raffaela Gmeiner

PhD researcher

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Raffaela Gmeiner is a prae doc researcher at the University of Vienna. She has completed a Master in Communication Science and a Master in Musicology at the University of Vienna and is now writing her PhD thesis at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna at the department of Music Sociology. The thesis will be about the impact of digitalisation on the music business and its consequences for the live-music sector. In her previous research, she has mostly focused on qualitative approaches and previously investigated the immense gender gap in the Austrian pop music scene as well as the problem of antiziganism in the Austrian media-landscape. Apart from her academic career Raffaela has gained various experience as a communication manager and journalist in the NGO sector. Furthermore, she works as a musician, singer and composer, playing in two bands and as a solo performer, which gives her a deeper and pragmatic understanding of the local music scene and working conditions.

Diana Andreeva

Diana Andreeva

Co-founder and Director

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Diana Andreeva is co-founder and director of the Observatory of Cultural Economics (OCE), which is a modern Bulgarian think tank for crucial cultural and economics issues. Andreeva holds a PhD in Cultural Economics from the University of National and World Economics (UNWE). She worked as researcher in cultural policy and cultural economics at the Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski” and has been teaching at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts. In 2014, she was appointed Assistant Professor at the UNWE. Andreeva has published numerous articles and participated in various Bulgarian and international research teams in the field of cultural economics and financing. Since 2010, she is co-editor of the Compendium of Cultural Policies of the Council of Europe. Andreeva is member of the Film Commission of the Sofia Municipality and volunteers for 17 international organizations and projects in more than 10 countries.

Bilyana Tomova

Bilyana Tomova

Co-founder

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Bilyana Tomova holds a PhD in Cultural Economics and is Associate Professor in Media Economics and researcher in the area of cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Observatory of Cultural Economics. Tomova is fellow on cultural policies at the Center for Policy Studies affiliated with the Central European University and the Open Society Institute, and director of Scientific Research Center for Media Research and Audiovisual Policy at the University of National and World Economics (UNWE). She is also co-chairwoman of the Master’s program “Business Journalism and Production” and visiting professor at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Art, Sofia. Tomova reads financing media and cultural industries, economics of culture and media, film production, institutional economics and media. Alongside her academic career, she is and has been a member of several national and international institutions and organizations such as the National Council of Cinema, the National Culture Fund (the Steering Committee), the National Association of Cultural Managers, the National Forum Culture, the Film Commission in Sofia Municipality. Tomova is also country expert for the EU Compendium for Cultural Policy.

Philippe Kern

Philippe Kern

Founder and managing director

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Philippe Kern is the founder and managing director of KEA. He has 25 years’ experience in the world of culture, creative industries, public affairs and legal advice. Kern has led a wide range of research and strategy programmes at European level, notably for the European Commission and the European Parliament on the economic impact of CCIs, formulation of policy recommendations and strategies. Kern led two landmark studies for the European Commission on the Economy of Culture in Europe (2006) and on the Impact of Culture on Creativity (2009), and has been involved in the development of a number of project proposals financed by the EU, among which KiiCS – Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science (FP7), the European Creative Industries Alliance – ECIA (CIP), Creative SpIn – Creative Spillovers for Innovation (URBACT), ECCE Innovation (INTERREG IVB), the Preparatory Action “Culture in external relations” (DG EAC), Creative Clash (Culture Programme) and Connecting Arts & Business (Culture Programme). Kern is a specialist in copyright, anti-trust and trade law. He is advising numerous public and private bodies on the formulation of strategies in the field of urban development, culture and audiovisual policies. Philippe set up IMPALA in 2000, the China Europe Culture and Creative Industry Alliance (CECCIA) in 2013 and b.creative – the global network for creative entrepreneurship in 2018. He was former Director of Public and Legal Affairs of PolyGram and head of the IFPI Brussels office.

Clementine Daubeuf

Clémentine Daubeuf

Senior consultant and researcher

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Clémentine Daubeuf is senior consultant and researcher at KEA, where she has contributed to several studies on CCIs in external relations, mobility, territorial development. She is also active in projects at the intersection between culture, creative industries and other sectors (science, technology, business). Daubeuf designed and managed the communications of several large-scale European projects and is in charge of KEA’s strategic communications. Clémentine has an operational knowledge of EU culture-related policies and projects through participation in European project development and management (e.g. Creative Europe, Horizon 2020, Interreg Europe). She also contributes to monitoring European cultural policies especially in audiovisual, digital and copyright management fields. Clémentine holds a MA from Sciences Po Bordeaux (FR) in Cultural Project Management and previously worked at the Regional Agency for Cinema, Books and Audiovisual heritage in Aquitaine, the French region where she is from. She speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.

 SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

The CICERONE team is assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board. This board acts as sounding board and is reviewing the project’s scientific results and outputs, and advises on methodological issues.

Board members

Neil Coe

Neil Coe

Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore

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Neil M. Coe is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the Global Network Production approach and is co-director (with Henry Yeung, Geography, NUS) of the Global Production Networks Centre at the National University of Singapore. The centre’s vision is to develop a world leading academic centre for the study of global production networks and economic development in Asia.

Coe’s research interests are in the areas of global production networks and local economic development; the geographies of local and transnational labour markets; the geographies of innovation; and institutional and network approaches to economic development. These concerns have been explored through empirical research into computer services, temporary staffing and logistics in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, the film and television industry in the UK and Canada, and retailing in the UK, East Asia and Eastern Europe.

Coe has published over 90 articles and book chapters on these topics, and is a co-author of Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World (OUP, Oxford, 2015), Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction (Wiley, Chichester, 2020, third edition) and Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the Geographies of Labour (Sage, London, 2004) and co-editor of The Economic Geography of the UK (Sage, London, 2010) and The Globalization of Retailing (2 vols., Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2009).

Deborah Leslie

Deborah Leslie

Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto

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Professor Leslie is an internationally acclaimed Professor in Geography at the University of Toronto and former holder of the Canada Research Chair in the Cultural Economy (2004-2009). Leslie is interested in the relationships between economy, culture and place. In general, Leslie’s research topics include: the location and dynamics of cultural industries and their production systems; urban cultural policies and new forms and scales of urban governance; the body and the workplace; and the spatial and temporal logic of commodity chains and networks, including ethical issues surrounding consumption.

More specifically, in her past research Leslie looked at industrial and graphic design services in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and also on advertising agencies in New York City. In her recent work, Leslie focused on processes of talent attraction and retention and skill formation in the fashion and art sectors in Toronto. She is also conducting research on new industry formation and displacement in Liberty Village, Toronto. At the University of Toronto, Leslie is directing the Cultural Economy Lab, published in many high profile peer reviewed journals and is, among others, (co)author of Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy (Routledge, London, 2010).

John Newbigin

John Newbigin

Chairman of Creative England

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Newbigin is Chairman of Creative England. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government’s first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. Newbigin was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television (2000-2005) and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd (1992-97). As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour  Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, (1986-92) he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others.

Newbigin is a member of the UK government’s Creative Industries Council; Chairman of the British Council’s Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy; member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London; and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Knowledge Exchange Oversight Group.

Newbigin is a member of the International Board of Advisors of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. Newbigin was awarded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for “services to creative industries and the arts” in the 2015 New Years Honours.

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