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Gender gaps in the Cultural and Creative Sectors

August 12, 2019

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The Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022 selects gender equality as one of the five sectoral priorities for EU action. The purpose of this study is to provide background information and context on the specific challenges faced by women in the cultural and creative sectors for the OMC Working Group. The aim of this study is therefore to conduct a literature review and prepare a study identifying the situation of women artists and professionals in the cultural and creative sectors (CCSs), and to map the existing international recommendations aiming to achieve gender equality in these sectors.


As such, this report summarises the main policy developments and recommendations made regarding cultural and creative sectors (CCSs), and gender by bodies such as the EU, the Council of Europe, UNESCO, and the ILO. The main focus of the report is on understanding the current state of affairs concerning women in the CCSs, the gender gaps at work, and the underlying drivers of those gender gaps. Available quantitative data has been mapped for the different sub-sectors within the CCSs, and has been combined with information from qualitative literature and expert interviews to establish the state of affairs regarding women in these sectors, along with the drivers leading to this state of affairs. The report provides an overall analysis of gender gaps in the CCSs as a whole and presents examples of the types of initiatives which have been implemented to address these gender gaps. The report culminates in a series of conclusions and recommendations for the reflection of the OMC Working Group.

Report on the Dublin Platform on 'Heritage and Social innovation'

July 16, 2019

The European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018 was a remarkable year of reflection and call to action on the potential  of cultural heritage in a variety of different spheres. Its achievements are safeguarded and extended in a European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, which outlines 60 actions for EU policies in 2019 and 2020. One of these priority actions, included in the Framework, aims at reinforcing EU leadership and capitalising on innovative aspects of cultural heritage policies. In this context the European Commission launched meetings on the future of cultural heritage, meant as global problem solving platforms. These platforms, each with a different theme, involve national governments and their agencies, key global institutions, experts and young global leaders.

The aim of the platforms project is to create a moment of exchange among a wide variety of participants coming from diverse backgrounds, bearing unique visions, skills, and expertise, to engage in an exercise of collective intelligence to develop problem-solving oriented proposals on specific key fields where cultural heritage will possibly make a difference in the future, even more than it has so far. The first platform was held in Dublin, Ireland at the National Concert Hall on April 1st.  2019. Experts from all over the world were invited to discuss the role of social innovation in cultural heritage, by participating in one of three thematic workshops. These thematic workshops focused on 1) the revitalisation of rural communities, 2) the crowdsourcing of smart solutions for societal challenges, and 3) global peace making.

The 96 international experts in attendance engaged in discussion, brainstorming, and the development of possible new thematic and policy avenues to boost cultural heritage. The findings from each session were presented to the audience as a whole, with final reflective remarks from the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Commissioner for Education and Culture. The EENCA network was invited to attend these workshops, to observe and report on the discussions and outcomes of these workshops, and to draw together the findings in this report.

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Role of public policies in developing entrepreneurship and innovation …

October 09, 2018

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Meet our experts

Indrek Ibrus

Indrek Ibrus is a professor of media innovation at Tallinn University’s (TLU) Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM). He is also the head of TLU’s Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture (MEDIT). Currently his main research area are the innovative reuses of digitised cultural heritage contents, but he also leads research projects on cross-innovation, cross- and transmediality, media and cultural policies. He is the co-editor of “Crossmedia Innovations: Texts, Markets, Institutions” (together with Carlos A. Scolari; Peter Lang, 2012) Dr. Ibrus received his PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Recent publications: Ibrus, Indrek; Rohn, Ulrike; Nanì, Alessandro (2018). Searching for public value in innovation coordination: How Eurovision Song Contest served to innovate the public service media model in Estonia. International Journal of Cultural Studies.

Rohn, Ulrike; Ibrus, Indrek (2018). A Management Approach to Transmedia Enterprises. In: Freeman, Matthew; Gambarato, Renira (Ed.). The Routledge Companion to Transmedia Studies. London: Routledge.

Gillian Doyle

Gillian Doyle is Professor of Media Economics and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research (CCPR) at the University of Glasgow where she directs Glasgow’s MSc in Media Management.   Her research on media economics and policy and on the impact of digitisation has been translated and published in several languages.   Gillian is Principal Investigator (PI) on ‘Television Production in Transition: Independence, Scale and Sustainability’, a major research project examining recent transformations in ownership structures in the television production sector funded by the UK Economic & Social Research Council (2017-2020).  She was PI on a recently completed ESRC –funded project on ‘Multi-platform Media and the Digital Challenge’ which investigated economic and policy aspects of digital media convergence and on a major AHRC-funded project entitled ‘The UK Film Council: A Case Study of Film Policy in Transition’.  She was also Lead Investigator on ‘Converging Technologies and Business Models’, a project that forms part of the work programme of CREATe, the RCUK hub for research on Copyright and New Business Models for the Creative Economy.  Gillian has carried out and supervised studies on media economics and media policy for the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the OECD. Gillian is former President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).

Simon Broek

Simon Broek has more than 10 years of experience in policy research for national (NL) and international clients, such as the European Commission, European Parliament, ETF, Eurofound, Cedefop, UNESCO and the ILO. Simon worked mainly on education policies in the European context. In this, he looked at the European transparency tools (EQF, EQAVET, ECVET etc.); innovation in education practices (OER, digital learning environments), and transnational mobility. In the field of culture, Simon evaluated the Dutch programme for creative industries, evaluated the Dutch performing arts council and was the main researcher in a study on valorization of humanities research programmes. He is currently involved in an analysis on the state of play of the implementation of the European Research Area. In addition, Simon worked for UNESCO on education issues. Furthermore, Simon publishes about his studies in peer-reviewed journals, is member of the editorial board of ETF, Thematic coordinator of the E-Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) and assessed project proposals as Erasmus+ expert. He has a background in Philosophy.

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