Meet the Speakers: Dimensions of Sustainability. COSM 3 open for registration

We have the pleasure to introduce the speakers of COSM 3 – Cultural Management and Three Dimensions of Sustainability: Environmental, Social & Economic. The 5 ECTS MA Level course is now open for the registration. The last day for registration is on the 7th November, 2022. The price of the course is just 75 euro.

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The course provides an international and cross-disciplinary perspective on cultural management and sustainability values, engaging the expertise from abovementioned research areas of sustainability. Its aim is to strengthen the role of cultural managers in supporting the general sustainability movement, impacting people’s and industries’ pro-ecological behaviours. The module is also questioning the answers regarding cultural organizations and cultural professionals’ role in balancing their cultural ecosystems. Again the quest lecturers of the course are representing the top expertise in the field. The course consists of four zoom-seminars starting on the 17th November. See the schedule and register to the course in our Open UAS shop. Studies are open for everyone regardless of their location or educational background.

Kai Brennert, Founder of Edge and Story, Cambodia

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Kai Brennert works on amplifying the impact of arts, culture and the creative industries in sustainable development. He has worked in more than 20 countries across four continents on policy, evaluation, research, and strategy in the cultural and creative economy, development cooperation, philanthropy, and international cultural relations.

Brennert us the Founder of Edge and Story, an evaluation, research and policy consultancy for culture and sustainable development. The organisation works with organisations to assess their impact for the future. Clients include Circostrada, American Voices, NalandaWay Foundation, Living Arts International, the City of Leisnig, HumanKind, ArtsEquator, and the newly founded Creative Industries of Cambodia Association for Development and Advocacy (CICADA). Previously, Kai has worked for the cultural organisation Cambodian Living Arts and the philanthropic Rei Foundation in New Zealand. Former consulting clients include UNESCO Bangkok, GIZ, JM International, UCL Qatar, and the University of Warwick.

Kai is an Arts for Good Fellow of the Singapore International Foundation and has completed the European Union’s prestigious Global Cultural Relations Programme. Kai is also the author of Curious Patterns, a monthly newsletter that explores current issues and policies in the field of arts, impact, international cooperation and sustainable development.

Stefania Donini, MA, PhD, researcher and cultural practitioner, Scotland

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Stefania Donini has been working as Audience Research Officer for the Paisley Museum Re-Imagined project since April 2020. She plans and delivers audience consultations, user testing and prototyping for the museum redisplay and social spaces.

Donini’s research focuses on participatory practices of community engagement and public programming. She holds an MA in Arts Policy and Management (Birkbeck College) and completed her PhD in Audience Studies (2021) at City University / Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), with a case study on the Barbican Centre’s foyers.

Nancy Duxbury, PhD, senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra Portugal

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PhD Nancy Duxbury is a senior researcher of the transdisciplinary thematic line “Urban Cultures, Sociabilities and Participation” and a member of the European Expert Network on Culture. Duxbury’s research has examined creative tourism development and culture in local sustainable developmentShe was the principal investigator of “CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas,” a national research-and-application project (2016-2020) that catalyzed creative tourism pilot projects in small cities and rural areas across four regions of Portugal (Algarve, Alentejo, Centro, and Norte).

Duxbury leads the CES team contributing to the H2020 project “UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture” (2020-2024) and is also a member of the H2020 project “URBiNAT” and lead consultant to the project “CREATOUR AZORES.”

Her recent edited boos are: Cultural Sustainability, Tourism and Development: (Re)articulations in Tourism Contexts (Routledge, 2021); and Creative Tourism: Activating Cultural Resources and Engaging Creative Travellers (CABI, 2021).

Anne Stenros, PhD, multi-awarder Design-thinker and speaker, Finland | Japan

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PhD Anne Stenros is a multi-awarded creative visionary who brings over 30 years of experience in design and architecture, creative leadership, business transformation, and design research and innovation.

Stenros was the first Chief Design Officer to be appointed by the City of Helsinki. Prior to this, she led and oversaw technology and design projects at Design Forum Finland, Hong Kong Design Centre and at KONE Corporation. A design-thinker and speaker lecturing across the world, she held a professorship at the Aalto University School of Business in Finland (2016), GLOBIS University in Tokyo, Japan (2019), and at the Nagaoka University of Technology in Nagaoka, Japan (2020).

Stenros was awarded as the Top Chief Design Officer by the World Industrial Design Conference (WIDC) and China Industrial Design Association (CIDA) in 2018. She has received recognitions from The Finnish Society of Crafts and Design (The Gold Estlander Medal) and the City of Helsinki.

Anne Stenros holds a Ph.D. in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oulu.

Michele Trimarchi, Professor of Public Economics, Italy

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Michele Trimarchi is professor of Public Economics (Magna Graecia Catanzaro), teaches Cultural Economics (IUAV Venice) and Lateral Thinking (IED Rome). Trimarchi has extensively published on cultural economics and policy. He is an economics expert in many cultural co-operation projects funded by major international organisations such as UNESCO, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank. He has acted as an expert in UE projects: HERO-Employment in Heritage, NEMUS-Employment in Museums, ARCIWEB-Art Cities, I-Archeo.S-Cultural Tourism-Italy and Croatia, SPARC-Start-Up Mentoring-Italy and Greece.

Trimarchi has coordinated the management plan of the Municipal Theatre in Bozen (1998), the Unesco dossier of Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa (2004-2005), the strategic plan of Cultural Heritage in Matera (2007), the study on creative industry in Lombardy (2009), the Cultural area of the Metropolitan Strategic Plan in Bologna (2013), the management plan of Forte Marghera in Venice (2014), the price structure for the private use of archaeological sites in Rome (2014), the evaluation of intangible assets of the International Festival Taormina Arte (2016), the area Labour of the Regional Strategic Plan in Apulia (2017), the strategic plan of the Archaeological Park of the Coliseum (2018), the strategic plan of MADRE-Fondazione Donnaregina in Naples (2019).

In addition he has adviced a great amount of public administrations and private foundations and been a president and price-president of two known theatres in Italy. He is in editorial boards of three industry Journals: Creative Industries Journal, European Journal of Creative Processes in Cities and Landscapes and  Journal of Public Finance and Pubic Choice. He is a founder and president of Tools for Culture, scientific director of ArtFiles, member of the European Expert Network on Culture.

Sanna Lehtinen, PhD, Research Fellow, Aalto University School of Arts, Finland

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PhD Sanna Lehtinen is Research Fellow in the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her research focuses on urban and environmental aesthetics and the philosophy of the city.

Previously Lehtinen has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS (University of Helsinki). She completed her PhD at the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) at the University of Helsinki in 2015 with a monograph “Excursions into Everyday Spaces: Mapping Aesthetic Potentiality of Urban Environments through Preaesthetic Sensitivities”.

Sanna has collaborated with the Helsinki-based studios Architects Davidsson Tarkela and NEMO Architects and worked as a consultant in urban and real estate development.  Lehtinen is currently the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics (IAA), and a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group.

Her research output includes journal articles published in Philosophical Inquiries, Open Philosophy, Essays in Philosophy, and Behaviour & Information Technology, articles in edited volumes published by Routledge, Springer, and Oxford University Press as well as editing special issues on urban aesthetics and philosophy of the city for Contemporary Aesthetics and Open Philosophy journals.


Marcin Poprawski, COSM coordinator and host-lecturer, Finland | Poland

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COSM 1 is coordinated by the host-lecturer Marcin Poprawski, who works at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), School of Arts and Cultural Management.

The territory of his research, publishing and teaching activities belong to the shared land of cultural management, cultural policies, sustainability values, festivals, local cultural ecosystems, organisational cultures, audience engagement and aesthetics.

Poprawski combines theory with practice, international experiences with local rooting, helps to apply conclusions from research, inspiring meetings and readings to specific situations and decisions faced by people involved in the practice of cultural and creative activities and those who undertake decisions affecting the quality and accessibility of culture and arts.

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