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Bård Kleppe holds a PhD in cultural studies from the University of South-Eastern Norway. His PhD-project was a comparative study of cultural policy in three European countries. Kleppe has worked as a senior researcher at Telemark Research Institute since 2008 and has conducted a number of larger and smaller research projects on e.g. cultural policy. He has published a number of evaluations, reports and scientific articles on these topics.
Per Mangset is a Sociologist of Culture, Professor emeritus at the University of South-Eastern Norway and a senior researcher at Telemark Research Institute. Areas of interest include leisure; cultural professionalisation; arts audience; models and history of cultural policy in Western Europe; international cultural cooperation; artist roles in transition; comparative sports and cultural policy and entrepreneurialism. Mangset has conducted several large research projects on cultural policy. Together with Dorte Skot-Hansen (Denmark), he initiated the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) and coordinated the Scientific Committee of the ICCPR for several years.
This profile was first prepared by Sigrid Røyseng and Per Mangset and updated by Bård Kleppe and Mangset since 2008.