Dr Christiaan De Beukelaer is Lecturer in Cultural Policy at the University of Melbourne School of Culture and Communication. He has a transdisciplinary background that spans Musicology (BA, University of Amsterdam), Cultural Studies (MA, University of Leuven), Development Studies (MSc, University of Leuven) and Cultural Industries (PhD, University of Leeds - with David Hesmondhalgh & David Lee).
His research spans a range of issues that connect culture and social justice, through musicology, cultural studies, and political philosophy. This includes work on music industries in Burkina Faso and Ghana; on the role cultural policy can play in sustainable development; and on need to forge connections between cosmopolitan political philosophy and cultural policy in the age of diversity.
In 2012, he won the Cultural Policy Research Award, as a result of which he published Developing Cultural Industries: Learning from the Palimpsest of Practice
(European Cultural Foundation, 2015) and co-editor of Culture, Globalization, and Development: The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity
(Palgrave Macmillan 2015, with Miikka Pyykkönen and JP Singh).
- The Global Cultural Economy
- exploring links between cultural industries, cultural contexts, and social justice. This includes the forthcoming co-authored book Global Cultural Economy (
Routledge, with Justin O’Connor)
- Cosmopolitanism and Cultural Policy
-challenging the methodological nationalism that underpins cultural policy (in theory and practice)
- Culture and Sustainability
- questioning the ways in which and the extent to which culture can be part of processes of transformation towards sustainable societies. This includes my previous involvement in the European Science Foundation COST Action 'Investigating Cultural Sustainability' and the special issue on 'C