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Jean-Cédric Delvainquière has been a research officer in the Department of Studies, Future Trends and Statistics (DEPS) in the French Ministry of Culture and Communication since 1997. Trained as an economist (Master in 1991), he had been involved for 5 years (1991-1996) in the research carried on by the European Commission on local economic development and social exclusion strategies (in the frame of the programme "Poverty 3"). In charge at the DEPS of issues relating to public funding for culture and domestic cultural policies, he is responsible for the surveys on local cultural expenditure. He has been involved in the research supported by the Ministry on cultural diversity and now contributes on the topic of cultural attractiveness; he also participates in the work on regional cultural policies and on their economic dimensions.
Delvainquière is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Compendium Association.
Thomas Perrin is associate professor in regional planning and social sciences at the School of architecture of Montpellier, and in the research centre TVES, University of Lille. Previously, Perrin worked for the French Ministry of Culture, French cultural networks abroad (Morocco, Chad) and the University of Toulouse. In 2011, Perrin won the Mark Schuster Prize on comparative cultural policies and received a merit prize for the EU Committee of the Regions' Doctoral Thesis Competition. He was awarded "Chercheur novélisé" by the Toulouse City Council in 2012.
Perrin is a specialist of European studies, particularly concerning cultural policies, regionalism and territorial cooperation. His works are published in various journals and books and he has been involved in different international and European research projects. He co-supervised the Jean Monnet project Eurégio-Regions and Regionalism in the European Union and is a member of the Jean Monnet network CECCUT that deals with European capitals of culture in cross border areas.