European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

Biserka Cvjeticanin

Institute for Development and International Relations IRMO
Scientific Advisor

Biserka Cvjetičanin is a Senior Scientific Researcher / Emeritus Research Adviser, Department for Culture and Communication at the Institute for Development and International Relations IRMO, Zagreb, Croatia, and former Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia 2000-2004. She holds a PhD in African Studies comparative literaturethe University of Zagreb 1980. She studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales EHESS,Sorbonne, Paris, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Biserka Cvjetičanin is member of the Scientific Council of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe 2013-2016. She was a member of the UNESCO Administrative Council of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2004-2008 and a member of the Advisory Committee for UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity 2006-2009. She is a founding director of the Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development – Culturelink, established in 1989 by UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Her research areas include cultural development, cultural diversity, cultural policies and intercultural communication. She is the author and editor of numerous books, studies and articles including Cultural Policy in Croatia 1998, The Mediterranean: Cultural Identity and Intercultural Dialogue 1999, Dynamics of Communication: New Ways and New Actors 2006, Networks: The Evolving Aspects of Culture in the 21st Century 2011, Kultura u doba mreža / Culture in the Age of Networks 2014. Dr. Cvjetičanin delivers lectures at universities and institutes abroad. Since 2007 she is a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal L’Observatoire des politiques culturelles, Grenoble, France. She is the 1989 winner of the University of Zagreb award for scientific research and was awarded the French Legion d’honneur in 2003.

Main research fields:
  • Cultural policies / arts administration
  • Development / 'South-North' relations
  • Diversity / intercultural studies
  • European cooperation / integration
  • Internat. relations / cult. diplomacy
  • New media / digital culture
  • Sociology / anthropology
  • Socio-cultural and gender studies
Institutional background:
  • Consultancies
  • European networks/advocacy bodies (NGOs)
  • Independent research institutes/Observatories
  • National Governments and agencies
  • Official European/Inter-governmental bodies
  • Professional organisations or institutions
  • Universities/Academic institutes


Institute for Development and International Relations, IRMO
City of Zagreb
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