DR Christiaan de Beukelaer

DR Christiaan de Beukelaer




  • 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).

    Research interests

    - 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   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Leeds 2016
  • MSc, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2011
  • MA, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven 2010
  • BA, University of Amsterdam 2009

Awards and honors

  • Cultural Policy Research Award, European Cultural Foundation, 2012
  • Graduate Scholar Award, Global Studies Conference, 2011
  • Excellence Scholarship, Honorary Chancellor Roger Dillemans Fund, 2010


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I currently supervise three PhD students: - Brian Long ('Co-Operating for a Better Way? Is Player-Governance in Orchestras Sustainable?'), with Kate MacNeill - Josephine Churk ('Towards a New "Development Economy" in Africa: A Case Study of Smartphone Communication in Tanzania'), with Ingrid Volkmer - Madeleine Cowell ('Cost Disease in the Australian Symphony Orchestra Sector'), with Kate MacNeill I am available for supervision for projects related to my research interests, as described in my profile.