Victoria Durrer and Kerry McCall Magan, co-founders of Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, are delighted to announce a special issue on cultural policymaking and research on the island of Ireland for the peer-reviewed academic journal Cultural Trends.

Since 1989, Cultural Trends has been an important space that brings together and showcases empirically grounded research on cultural policy with a particular focus on arts, culture, heritage and media.

The critical consideration and investigation of cultural policy on the island of Ireland has long been missing from international debates and discussion. This Special Issue has presented an opportunity to review how researchers across different disciplines approach and understand culture as a distinct area of public policy in Ireland.

The Issue includes the following pieces:

Cultural policymaking and research on the Island of Ireland
Victoria Durrer & Kerry McCall Magan
Pages: 189-194 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1342982

Research Articles
Known unknowns: research on Irish museums since 2008
Emily Mark-FitzGerald
Pages: 195-215 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1342993

Shared future – shared values? Taking stock of the peace process in Northern Ireland: teenagers’ perspectives
Martina McKnight & Dirk Schubotz
Pages: 216-232 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1342995

Designing policy: collaborative policy development within the context of the European capital of culture bid process
Stephen Kinsella, Niamh NicGhabhann & Annmarie Ryan
Pages: 233-248 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1342997

Can the arts successfully engage with the community plans of Northern Ireland’s new local authorities?
Nick Livingston
Pages: 249-253 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1343002

Arts in education within Irish cultural policy: the “ins” and “outs”
Ailbhe Kenny
Pages: 254-258 | DOI: 10.1080/09548963.2017.1343003

By bringing together research on the practices and policies relating to culture in various aspects of Irish life- north and south of the border, we aim to stimulate new insights and gather a body of new empirical cultural policy research on the island.

We thank the authors, editors and peer reviewers of Cultural Trends for their support in making this Issue possible.  You may access the full issue here. Please direct comments and questions to Victoria Durrer.

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