Christoph Weckerle

Vice President of Research
Zurich University of the Arts

For more than ten years I have been working both in senior positions in higher arts education and as a cultural policy researcher at Zurich University of the Arts, the biggest art university in Switzerland and one of the major multidisciplinary universities of its kind in Europe. One activity goes hand in hand with the other. As a member of the ELIA Representative Board, I would like to share my experiences, and I am very motivated to co-create new settings to move forward arts universities in Europe.

As director of the Department of Cultural Analysis, board member and vice president research at Zurich University of the Arts, my activities are focused on the strategic level. At the department level, I am responsible for 300 staff members, two master programmes and a bachelor programme, three research institutes and the Museum of Design Zurich. Important results of the past five years have been the realisation of ZHdK’s lab space for learning, teaching and research in Hong Kong, the establishment of ZHdK-wide interdisciplinary formats or the launch of a PhD-programme in Art and Design Education with a focus on teaching at secondary schools.

As a cultural policy researcher, I collaborate with a large number of research institutions in Switzerland and different parts of the world. My research topics focus on the intersections of arts and culture with areas such as policy-making, the economy and society at large. The fields of action of the cultural sector are at the core of our research which also implies processes and practices of experimentation.

Important results of the past five years have been the publication of national reports on the creative economies in Switzerland or the establishment of a research venture together with a leading business university to widen the impact of our research and make it more sustainable.


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