Jean-Gilles Lowies is researcher at the Observatory of Cultural Policies in the french-speaking Belgian Ministry of Culture since 2010. He is professor at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, lecturer at the Department of Media, Culture & Communication of the University of Liège and at the Cultural Management program at Free University of Brussels, and visiting professor at the UCLouvain. He is graduated in drama, holds a master’s degree in political sciences and in cultural management and a PhD in information and communication. His recent research interests include the decision-making process of cultural policies, the economic impact of culture, the history of cultural policies in Belgium, the social status of the artist. He is currently cultural advisor to the government of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.