ERICarts European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research

The ERICarts Institute... an independent organisation which carries out comparative cultural research and cultural policy monitoring in co-operation with experts from over 40 European countries.

The Institute was created bythe European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ECURES) in collaboration with "Centres of Excellence" specialising in cultural research from different corners of Europe. Their representatives sit on a Board of Governors and make key decisions regarding the research programme and strategic direction of the Institute. The day to day management of the projects and research teams is carried out by the central office located in Bonn, Germany.

The ERICarts Institute is a certified non-profit organisation registered under German trade law (gGmbH).


invest in the company and are its Associates.  A representative of each Centre of Excellence has a seat on the Board of Governors.

Please contact us if your organisation is interested in becoming an Associate of the ERICarts Institute. Download a list of eligibility criteria.


is the main decision making body of the Institute. The Board defines the Institute's research agenda and decides on its actions. Experts from institutional partners often participate in comparative research projects.


are made up of individual experts who are invited to participate in the comparative research programme of the ERICarts Institute on a project to project basis. Together they form Research Teams which work in cooperation to achieve a common goal. These experts come from a broad range of academic disciplines (e.g. political science, sociology, communication research, anthropology, etc.) and live in over 40 European countries.

This decentralised approach to research gives the ERICarts Institute an opportunity to bring ideas and research results from scientists whose work would otherwise be excluded due to, for example, language barriers. Working with researchers "on the ground" enriches the research process and helps to overcome misunderstandings inherent in comparative research.


is the operational arm of the Institute and carries out the strategic vision of the Board of Governors. Members of the management team participate in all stages of the design and implementation of transnational comparative research projects and acts as the central office co-ordinating the work.

It maintains communication with researchers, policy makers, inter-governmental organisations and European institutions and organises project related conferences and workshops.

Board of Governors


Ritva Mitchell, CUPORE

Board Members:

Vesna ńĆopińć, ECURES

Rui Telmo Gomes, OAC

Dieter Haselbach, ZfKf

Cas Smithuijsen, Boekmanstichting

Management Team

Andreas Wiesand, Executive Director

Fiona Gallagher, Editor

Charlotte Gemende, Finances

Oliver Göbel, Project Manager

Joerg Torkler, IT

Former Officers or Staff

Danielle Cliche, Research Manager

Marion Fischer

Ilkka Heiskanen, FinnEKVIT

Otto Hofecker, ZfKf

Maria de Lourdes Lima dos Santos, OAC

Margrit Mueller

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