RGU researcher shortlisted for major international award

A researcher at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art has had his thesis shortlisted for the prestigious ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research.

Elena Borin (finalist), Annick Schramme (ENCATC President), GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens (ENCATC Secretary General) and Jonathan Price (RGU)Jonathan Price is one of just two finalists for the Award, which aims to stimulate academic research that can inform policy making and benefit the cultural and creative sectors. The jury targets high quality research showing originality and an international dimension.

Jonathan’s thesis, which was funded by the University and based within Gray's School of Art, is titled 'The discourse of cultural leadership'.

His PhD was awarded in February 2016 and he has since been a Senior Research Fellow at RGU, working to share the research with the cultural sector.

The PhD takes a critical look at how leadership has become a priority area in cultural policy and training. It analyses the experiences of a range of cultural professionals in the UK and Europe, rethinking assumptions about who the leaders are and how they operate.

Jonathan said: “I’m thrilled to have the research recognised in this way and the best thing about it is that it encourages people to read the thesis and engage with the work.

“It’s also a tribute to the small but dynamic community of doctoral students at Gray’s and our hugely supportive research professor, Anne Douglas. Thanks to everyone who’s helped and fingers crossed for the final decision.”

Professor Anne Douglas added: “Jon Price’s doctoral research is one of a number of exemplary PhDs that have emerged from Gray’s in recent years as part of a focused programme of research into the place of the arts in public life.

“Price has achieved recognition within significant networks in the UK and Europe, providing substantial opportunities for this research to have deep impact both within academe and more widely, in cultural organisations that involve the arts . This is an outstanding achievement from a high talented and valued researcher”.

ENCATC is the European network on cultural policy and management and the scope of its award is global. Jury members include senior academics from Belgium, Colombia, Finland, France, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. The outcome of the award will be announced at a special event in Brussels on 16th December and the winning thesis published internationally.  


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