There is a wealth of research taking place that is relevant to Irish cultural policy studies. CPOI seeks to showcase the research of its members and colleagues. Some of this work is available here.

Special Issue on Irish cultural policy in Cultural Trends. (Victoria Durrer and Kerry McCall). 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.

Special Issue: Exploring Cross Border Cultural Policy in Practice for the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy. (Victoria Durrer, Jordana Corrigan, and Ronaldo Munck). This issue outlines the importance of considering cultural policy on the island of Ireland in a cross-border context and reflects on learning gained from an event on the subject co-organised by Cultural Policy Observatory Ireland, the Social Innovation Network and Dublin City University at The Garage Theatre in Monaghan in November 2018.

CPOI is also affiliated with the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy. The journal publishes peer reviewed research papers as well as policy reviews, practitioner perspectives, book reviews, and new research from postgraduate students.


Space and Place
Dr. Philip Boland, Lecturer in Planning, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast; Dr. Annmarie Ryan, Lecturer in Business Marketing, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick; Dr. Paul Stapleton, Senior Lecturer, Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast; Invited Question from the Floor: Pat Cooke, Course Director, MA Cultural Policy and Arts Management, University College Dublin.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.

Work and Employment
Prof. James Wickham, Lead Researcher, ‘Working Conditions in Ireland Project’, TASC; Dean of Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences(retired), Trinity College Dublin; Dr. Patrick Collins, Lecturer, School of Geography & Archaeology, Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway; Dr. Nat O’Connor, Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy, Ulster University; Dr. Matt Jennings, Lecturer in Drama, Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Ulster University (Magee Campus); Invited Question from the Floor: Alex Davis, Manager, Irish Visual Artists Rights Organisation, representing Visual Artists Ireland.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.


Dr. Michael Pierse, Research Fellow, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queens University; Belfast Dr. Anca Minescu, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick; Dr. Dirk Schubotz, Lecturer, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College, Dublin.

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.


Dr. Patricia Flynn, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Research, St Patrick’s College Drumcondra; Dr. Victoria Durrer, Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, School of Creative Arts, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Peter Doran, Lecturer in Politics, School of Law, Queens University Belfast; Dr. Ronaldo Munck, Head of Civic and Global Engagement, Dublin City University, Visiting Professor of International Development at the University of Liverpool and St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia

A video of these speakers from the 2015 CPOI launch conference is available here.

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