The Compendium community commemorates an outstanding personality and colleague.
With great sadness and dismay we have to announce that our friend and colleague Ritva Mitchell passed away on Wednesday the 6th July 2022.
During the last 40 years, Ritva has undoubtedly been one of the most influential actors in European cultural cooperation and related research and documentation projects, including as regards the Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends, whose development she has significantly shaped since 1998.
She brought her outstanding skills in conceptual planning, research and the communication of results to fruition in numerous research and consultancy projects, e.g., for the European Union, UNESCO or the Council of Europe; for the latter she worked for five years as a consultant on site in Strasbourg, for development cooperation organisations later also in Asia and Africa.
Throughout her career, she performed in crucial positions for academic institutions and cultural policy in Finland and other Nordic countries, including from 2003 until her retirement as Director of Research for the CUPORE Institute of the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research in Helsinki. She was also involved in university teaching and particularly promoted the development of junior talents for cultural research. Numerous academic publications and conference papers attest to her innovative view of problems as well as opportunities for culture in Finland, Europe and the world (cf. a summary overview here).
The Compendium experts community as well as the ERICarts Network and Institute will never forget Ritva, her special, often challenging personality and her great achievements for an emerging European cultural space.
Thank you Ritva for several beautiful moments you gave us and shared with us…we will miss you.