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 by the European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V. (ECURES) in collaboration with "Centres of Excellence" specialising in cultural research from different corners of Europe, including: Boekmanstichting (Amsterdam); FinEkvit, since 2011 replaced by CUPORE (Helsinki); Observatorio das Actividades Culturais (Lisbon) and Zentrum für Kulturforschung (Bonn). Their representatives formed the Board of Governors and made key decisions regarding the research programme and strategic direction of the Institute. The day to day management of the projects and research teams has been carried out by the central office located in Bonn, Germany.

In 2017, the Institute was reorganised and its office moved to Cologne. The European Association of Cultural Researchers regained full control of the Institute.

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


is the main decision making body of the Institute and is now again, following the reorganisation of the Institute in 2017, identical with the Board of ECURES (the "ERICarts Network"). 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 and Executive Staff

Board of Governors (BoG):

Ana Villaroya (University of Barcelona)

Vice Presidents:
Vesna Čopič (University of Ljubljana) and Ritva Mitchell (former CUPORE Director of Research)

Dieter Haselbach (ZfKf)

Board Members:
Ulrike Blumenreich (Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft), Kalliopi Chainoglou (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki), Goran Tomka (University of Novi Sad)

Management Team:
Andreas Joh. Wiesand
, (Executive Director);
Charlotte Gemende (Finances);  Oliver Göbel (Project Manager); Joerg Torkler (Webmaster)

Former Officers or Staff:
Danielle Cliche
(Research Manager); Marion Fischer (Office Manager); Fiona Gallagher (Editor); José Luis Garcia (BoG - OAC Lisbon); Rui Telmo Gomes (BoG - OAC);  Ilkka Heiskanen (BoG - FinnEKVIT); Marielle Hendriks (Boekmanstichting); Otto Hofecker (BoG - ZfKf); Maria de Lourdes Lima dos Santos (BoG - OAC); Marjo Mäenpää (BoG - CUPORE);  Margrit Mueller (Researcher) and a number of temporary project researchers or interns.

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