Victoria Durrer

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      Achievements and Distinctions

      I am co-founder of the Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, an all island research network, with Kerry McCall, Lecturer (Humanities and Arts Management) at The Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and serve on the editorial panel of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, based at University College Dublin.

      Current Research Projects: 

      In 2016, I was awarded an AHRC Networking Grant with Co-Investigator Raphaela Henze to explore the role of arts and cultural managers as intercultural brokers in our context of globalisation, internationalisation and global migration.

      In my work on the areas of sociology of culture and cultural policy in Ireland, I am currently focusing on two areas: youth engagement with culture and the role of local government in cultural policy development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I am working on a pilot research project with colleagues in Sociology, Dr. Dirk Schubotz and Dr. Martina McKnight, which aims to gain greater understanding of how young people interpret and participate in cultural activity. It has been funded through the Improving Children’s Lives fund from the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast. 

      Research Interests

      My work focuses on the relationship between cultural institutions and the social realm. My main interest is unpicking how the field of cultural production—its policies, organisations and specific artistic practices—is both structured and restructured through what are often understood as competing artistic, economic, institutional and social agendas.

      A particular focus of my work has been on the following:

      --- Policy design and delivery: the attachment of other policy agendas (specifically social) to cultural policy and the interpretation and delivery of cultural policy by arts managers

      --- The social processes of cultural production and engagement within institutional settings where tensions between artists, audiences and arts managers are mediated and expressed through working practices, ideological divisions and conflicts

      --- Access, engagement and audience development, specifically in relation to youth, disability and the health sector


      My experience working as an arts manager and local cultural policy maker has cultivated further research interests in the following areas:

      --- Issues of inclusion within the production and consumption of arts and culture

      --- Stakeholder-engaged and participatory models for local arts development that involve social and creative interaction between policy makers, artists, third level institutions and target audiences / benefactors

      --- The professionalisation and increasing internationalisation of arts and cultural management; specifically the beliefs and actions of arts and cultural managers working within this global context

      All of these areas are bound by an interest in the network of interactions between artists, cultural professionals, institutions, audiences (and non-audiences) and how these interactions may influence the social structures of cultural production and policymaking. 


      I welcome PhD students who would like to work in any of these areas. 



      At MA level, I teach international issues in cultural policy with a specific mind to their relationship to the daily practices of arts management. I also teach negotiating partnerships and developing a reflective practice in arts management as well as issues around audience development. At undergraduate level, I teach an introductory course that introduces students to the tasks and concerns involved in managing and delivering a public facing event. I am currently developing teaching strategies for intercultural education in arts management.


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