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Istanbul Bilgi University Cultural Policy and Management Research Center (KPY)

 Contact details
Contact personAsu Aksoy
Assoc. Prof. 
StreetIstanbul Bilgi University Kazim Karabekir Cad. 
Address 34060 - Istanbul (Turkey) 
Phone+90 212 311 77 01 
Social Media+90 212 311 78 03
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Other humanities
» Cultural studies
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)

 Brief description of your activity focus
KPY is a cultural policy research, advocacy and training centre founded in 2010 by the Istanbul Bilgi University

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Cultural Policy and Management Research Centre (KPY) is a cultural policy research, advocacy and
training centre founded in 2010 by the Istanbul Bilgi University. KPY is one of the first policy-oriented
research centers in Turkey in the field of cultural policy and cultural management. KPY addresses the
fast changing cultural scene in Turkey, aiming to be a hub for academic exchange and excellence, to
develop research-based policy advice, and to function as an observatoire of cultural trends.

KPY draws on the academic resources of the Arts and Culture Management Programs of the Istanbul Bilgi
University. KPY is perfectly situated within a flourishing university that is part of an international network
of universities that has members all around the world. Through the Istanbul Bilgi University there are
ample opportunities for KPY to develop networking across the EU and South and North America, as well
as in the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and the Caucasus, with the academia, cultural institutions and
local and central governments.

KPY was established by the Cultural Management Program at Istanbul Bilgi University, within the scope of
the “Invisible Cities: Building Capacities for Local Cultural Policy Transformation in Turkey” project,
starting in 2008. This project was realized in cooperation with Anadolu Kultur (Istanbul), European
Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and Boekmanstichting (Amsterdam), financed by the Social
Transformation Program (MATRA) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A central mission of KPY is thus to act as a capacity building centre, where local and transnational
research, policy thinking and training opportunities in the cultural policy and management fields are
gathered, disseminated and exchanged.

KPY aims to produce, analyze, compile, monitor, evaluate and disseminate cultural policy knowledge in
support of democratic, participatory cultural policy-making in Turkey, and within a broader European

•To promote and conduct research on cultural policy and management.
•To facilitate professional meetings and discussions on methods of ‘participative local cultural policy
making’ across Turkey.
•To initiate a network on cultural management and policy development in Turkey, the EU and the
neighboring regions.
•To publish a ‘Yearbook of Cultural Policy and Management’ in Turkish and English, to distribute them
and other publications and papers across Europe and Turkey.
•To disseminate local data and documented activities widely in order to contribute to an acknowledged
debate on cultural policy in Turkey and Europe.
•To build an expert pool for training and research on cultural policy and management, to provide theory
and practice based expert knowledge.
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
KPY has a wide experience in the analysis, evaluation and/or impact of cultural policies in Turkey. KPY
works with similar organisations in the neighbouring countries, such as in the Caucasus countries and the
Middle East.
KPY functions as a hub for dissemination of new thinking and research outcome in the field of cultural
policy and management. The KPY Lecture Series and the annual KPY Conference event serves this function
of networking and exchange and dissemination of information and knowledge. KPY invites the participants
and speakers from Turkey as well as from abroad and collaborates with local, national and international
bodies and organizations to hold these events. KPY has organised the following events since 2010:
•‘U40 - Cultural Diversity 2030’ Conference of International Forum of U40 Fellows, 2009-2011, UNESCO,
German Commission for UNESCO, IFCCD and Istanbul Bilgi University, 21-24 October 2010, at Istanbul Bilgi
•Alternative Cultural Policy Report of Turkey: A Civic Perspective; An international conference within the
MATRA“Invisible Cities: Building Capacities for Local Cultural Policy Transformation in Turkey” project, 25-26
March 2011, at Istanbul Bilgi University.
•Cultural Diversity and the Cultural Industries – Enlarging Civil Society Participation in UNESCO Convention
on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, a joint conference with McGill
University, Canada, 12 July 2011, at Istanbul Bilgi University.

KPY aims to develop a rich research environment and encourages collaborative projects at an international

KPY founding members have a track record in large scale research projects, policy – related work and in
organizing collaborative events. The research projects accomplished so far include:

•DirectLink: Turkey-Europe Arts Networking for Intercultural Dialogue, financed by the European
Commission within the framework of “Civil Society Dialogue: Culture in Action” programme in 2007-2008.
•Neighbours in Partnership, financed by the Open Society Institute within the framework of “East-East”
programme in 2007-2008.
•Alternative Cultural Policy Report of Turkey, within the framework of Invisible Cities project. Please look
below for details about the research and publication.
•Istanbul 2010 Cultural Heritage and Cultural Economy Compendium Project, coordinated by the Turkish
Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and financed by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency.
•The Invisible Cities: Building Capacities for Local Cultural (Policy) Transformation in Turkey which is
prepared and submitted with the cooperation of Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul), Istanbul Bilgi University
(Istanbul), European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and Boekman Foundation (Amsterdam) is approved by
the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs Matra Programme.

A central mission of KPY is to run certificate programmes for cultural professionals, local government
officials, decision-makers, and civil society based organisations. KPY training activities progress on the basis
of the input from and synergy with İstanbul Bilgi University’s Cultural Management postgraduate

Training projects and programmes carried out so far are:

•Black Sea Academy (28 June – 4 July 2010), a training project in the field of cultural management included
participants from Caucasus region, the project realized in cooperation with European Cultural Foundation
and Open Society Institute.
•Training Program for Izmir Metropolitan Municipality on Cultural Management (8 April – 28 May 2011), the
aim is to widen these training programs across Turkey, with local municipalities.
•TANDEM – A Cultural Managers Exchange Program (2011-2012), is a new initiative by Stiftung Mercator
(Essen) and the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) together with MitOst (Berlin), Anadolu Kultur

As part of the research programme, KPY has carried out two major studies on cultural policy development
in Turkey. One of them has been the putting together a report reflecting the views of the civil society
organisation regarding cultural policy issues in the context of Turkey’s preparation of its National Cultural
Policy Review Report. Turkey agreed to join the Council of Europe National Cultural Policy Review Program
in 2007. The efforts to draft the National Cultural Policy Report in this framework are still underway. A
group of 184 individuals comprised of representatives of arts and culture institutions, civil society
organizations, artists and experts who did not get the opportunity to partake in this process, embarked on
an unprecedented initiative and drafted a cultural policy through a collective endeavor. The publication
by KPY, titled ‘Alternative Cultural Policy Report of Turkey: A Civic Perspective’, published in 2011,
constitutes a landmark in the framework of the Council of Europe Program. The Report is also a significant
case in terms of civil society assuming initiative and responsibility on public policy issues. The book also
features keynote speeches by national and international institutions’ officials on cultural policies and this
particular initiative at a meeting organized at Istanbul Bilgi University on March 25-26, 2011, where the draft
report was discussed.

The second major study that KPY has been part of is the Cultural Heritage and Cultural Economy
Compendium : İstanbul 2010 study, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Cultural Heritage and Cultural Economy Compendium: Istanbul 2010 is a comprehensive research project
including data compilation, evaluation and analysis formulated to shed light on the steps to be taken in
order to develop the city’s cultural heritage and economy as one of the major axes of growth for Istanbul
in the twenty-first century.

KPY aims to provide publication opportunities for original research in the fields of cultural policy and
management. KPY publishes KPY Yearbook, published annually, with an aim to attract articles and research
reports from both academic and non-academic circles especially from a wide region, including the
neighboring countries to the EU, to Turkey and from the Caucasus countries and the Middle East.

Publications of KPY so far are:
KPY Yearbook 2009, Dossier: Cities and Cultural Policy Serhan Ada (ed.)
KPY Yearbook 2010, Dossier: Social Diversity and Cultural Participation (Ü. Zumray Kutlu & Cas Smithuijsen,
Local Cultural Policy Handbook: Steps, Tools and Examples, Eylem Ertürk (ed.), by Istanbul Bilgi University
Alternative Cultural Policy Report of Turkey: A Civic Perspective, Serhan Ada (ed.) by Istanbul Bilgi
University Press, 2011.

KPY is willing to be included in a consortium within FP7 SSH.2012.5.2-1. Enlargement and the integration
capacity of the EU: past experience and future prospects program.

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