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Centre for Cultural Policy Studies

Royal School of Library and Information Science
University of Copenhagen


Birketinget 6
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Tel. +45 32 58 60 66 
Fax +45 32 84 02 01

Head of Centre: Dorte Skot-Hansen

Aims and objectives

The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, established at the Royal School of Library and Information Science in 1998, operates for the purpose of strengthening basic as well as applied research in the field of Cultural Policy in Denmark.

Dorte Skot-Hansen works as Head of the Centre and jointly with the School's own research academics, research workers undertaking ad hoc assignments and project work as well as students she intends to further develop an inhouse research competence which can be instrumental in developing new knowledge on the prerequisites and results of cultural policy programmes and initiatives. To achieve this, the following goals and tasks have been defined for the Centre:

  • to initiate and undertake cultural policy research
  • to expand and consolidate networking activities and to support co-operation involving Danish, Nordic and international cultural policy research
  • to underpin research-based teaching in cultural policy
  • to contribute actively to disseminating research findings and to the current debate on cultural policy
  • to advice extern participants in the cultural sector about research and development in cultural policy

Research Agenda

Defining cultural policy research

Research that aims to examine the interaction between developments in society, the cultural sector and decision-makers.

Research areas

The aim of the Centre is to implement research activities in the following fields:

  • Cultural policy on a national scale in municipalities and in cities.
    • Paradigm shifts in cultural policy
    • Historical and present condition
    • Legitimizing efforts, finance, allocation of responsibilities
    • Planning and development
  • Development and institutionalization processes as regards
    • Organizing and financing
    • Relations with national government, market and civil society
    • Dissemination and mediation strategies and target groups
    • IT as a vehicle for dissemination and mediation
  • Surveys of clienteles and user studies with regard to
    • Patterns of cultural consumption and cultural practice
    • Cultural capital and competence development
    • New user groups and digital natives