Rod Fisher

Director “International Intelligence on Culture”

Rod Fisher founded and directed International Intelligence on Culture (which specialised in international cultural policy research and consultancy) from 2000-2015 and its predecessor the International Arts Bureau. Now working part-time, he is Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, lecturing on cultural policies in Europe and, from 1984-2007, led a Master’s degree module on a similar subject at City University, London. He also has specialist knowledge of cultural policies beyond Europe, especially in Asia. Prior to establishing his company, he worked for the Arts Council of Great Britain in several capacities, latterly as International Affairs Manager, and spent nine years managing arts/leisure programmes for local authorities. He was also Director of the European Cultural Foundation UK Committee from 2002-2012. Fisher co-founded the CIRCLE network (Chairman 1985-94) and he chaired the expert group evaluating cultural policy in Finland (1994). He has conducted research, lectured and delivered conference papers in 33 countries worldwide and has written on the European institutions, comparative cultural policies, arts management and cultural relations/diplomacy etc. The latter issue has been a particular focus of his interests over the past decade, as has culture and health.

More information »

The current entry for the United Kingdom has been prepared and edited by Rod Fisher, working with Gabriele Neuditschko, a former Masters Degree student at Goldsmiths who works as a freelance arts manager in London. They would like to acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship that helped Gabriele assist Rod in this undertaking. 

They also acknowledge previous assistance from Victoria Prior, a former MA student at Goldsmiths, who worked with Rod Fisher on an early draft entry for the UK in 2012/13, which was not completed because of illness and pressure of other work. Much has changed in the period since then and current entry represents a fundamental revision to reflect this. Another former MA student at Goldsmiths, Kate Huff, prepared early drafts of the organigrams in chapter 1.2.1 in 2016, which it was possible to update for this entry. 

Steven Hadley

Consultant and researcher

Dr Steven Hadley is an academic, consultant and researcher working internationally in arts management, cultural policy and audience engagement. He is currently a Research Fellow at National University of Ireland Galway and Visiting Lecturer at Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany) and has held research posts at the universities of Sheffield, Bradford, and Leeds. Steven is an Associate Consultant with The Audience Agency, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Cultural Research Network (USA) and the Editorial Boards of both Cultural Trends and the European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy. He has lectured, taught and delivered training in over fifteen countries and works as a consultant for a wide range of cultural organisations. His recent published work has focussed on cultural democracy, audience engagement and hyperinstrumentalism. His book, Audience Development and Cultural Policy, is published by Palgrave MacMillan.

READ ALL ABOUT United Kingdom

On the country homepage, you can read the profile chapters, find sources and links and quick facts and download PDF’s.