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Research Statement

My research stresses the interconnected relationship between arts management and cultural policy and investigates what and how particular individuals, groups and cultural forms are included and / or excluded in the practices and policies of national and local cultural institutions and government bodies. Identifying and questioning locations of power in these processes and how these positions impact on the representation of people’s identities, traditions, experiences and voices are inherent in my work.


These aspects include considering the impact of arts activities more generally on social policy outcomes, such as social inclusion, reconciliation and more recently, inter- and cross-community dialogue (particularly communities of practice / profession, locality, and experience (age, ethno-religious identity, and nationality)).


My work is interdisciplinary, but based in the social sciences. It is informed by interpretive approaches that are historically grounded and often based on collaborative research designs, data collection and analysis with research participants.


While engagement with the public is key to my work, I also call for greater recognition within cultural policy discourse of the viewpoints, positions, and experiences of individuals (practitioners and policy-makers—particularly at local government level) who traverse policy and how they interact with the public in determining what cultural policies and practices are of value.


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


Research Interests

cultural policy; arts management; social policy; impact studies; participation; representation


Co-founder, Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, an all island research network involving practitioners, policymakers and researchers, seeking to raise the profile of cultural policy research on the island

Member of the editorial board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy.

Co-founder, Brokering Intercultural Exchange, a network of researchers, educators, students and practitioners seeking to understand how and what intercultural relations emerge in the practice of arts and cultural management, for which I was awarded an AHRC Networking Grant with Co-Investigator Raphaela Henze in 2016.

Co-Investigator of The Art of Reconciliation: Do reconciliation-funded arts projects transform conflict?, a co-produced research project funded by the AHRC with QUB colleagues David Grant and Des O'Rawe and Matt Jennings (UU), Peter Campbell (University of Liverpool), Sarah Jankowitz, and Peter Shirlow, Principal Investigator (University of Liverpool)


2019 Teaching Excellence Award, Rising Star

Pathway Convenor, MA in Arts Management, teaching international issues in cultural policy, particularly their relationship to arts management practices; negotiating partnerships; reflexive management practice; issues concerning engaging audiences.

At undergraduate level, my teaching introduces students to arts management through the design and delivery of a public arts event.

I am currently developing teaching strategies for intercultural education in arts management.


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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2008 2019

group discussion

Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Durrer, V., 2018, The Routledge Companion to Global Cultural Policy . Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

cultural policy
cultural management

Cultural Inequalities

Durrer, V. (ed.) & Henze, R. (ed.), 29 Jun 2018, Arts Management Quarterly , 129.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationSpecial issue

Open Access
work of art

Exit 15: The Research Approach

Durrer, V., Jun 2018

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

research approach
action research
research project

Exit 15: The Wider Context

Durrer, V., Jun 2018

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site



2019 Teaching Excellence Award, Rising Star

Victoria Durrer (Recipient), 05 Jun 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

social work
university teacher

New Foundations Scheme 2015

Victoria Durrer (Recipient) & Kerry McCall Magan (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

cultural policy
university teacher

Activities 2007 2019

Disability and the Arts: Rights and Pathways of Support for Artists

Franziska Schroeder (Organiser), Victoria Durrer (Organiser), Paula Larkin (Organiser)
01 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Programme Validation, MA Arts & Cultural Management

Victoria Durrer (Examiner)
Jan 2019

Activity: Examination typesOther examination

Arts and the Market, Academic Journal (External organisation)

Victoria Durrer (Reviewer)
08 Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

Kate Mattocks

Victoria Durrer (Host)
07 Nov 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Peter Campbell

Victoria Durrer (Host)
23 Oct 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor