cultural policy, Sustainable Cultural Futures

Cultural value and cultural policy in the UK and Japan: Key survey findings

We are pleased to invite you to an online seminar on cultural value and public perception of cultural policy in the UK and Japan. This seminar will discuss key findings from two public opinion surveys carried out in the two countries in the summer of 2022. The surveys were part of the UKRI-JSPS Sustainable Cultural Futures project, the first major UK-Japan research collaboration in cultural policy (2022-2025). They had questions on cultural engagement, the public’s understanding of cultural policy and funding, their recognition of cultural value and their social participation and happiness. Our previous seminar (December 2022) looked at the key findings of cultural engagement. In this seminar, we will focus on the public’s view of cultural value and cultural policy in the UK (England) and the analysis of cultural value judgement in Japan. The whole seminar will be simultaneously translated from English/Japanese to Japanese/English. This event is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council via the Fund for International Collaboration [Grant Ref: ES/W011891/1].

Introduction to presenters

Dr. Sana Kim

Sana Kim is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Within the broader focus on the creative industries/economies, she is interested in cultural policy, creative work, and ecologies/ecosystems. Her PhD explored the impacts of the capital city relocation in Kazakhstan in 1997 on the subsequent creative development of Kazakhstan’s new (Astana) and the former (Almaty) capital cities. After completing her PhD, she worked on a collaborative EU project titled DISCE (Developing Inclusive & Sustainable Creative Economies), which looked at improving creative economy growth across Europe.

Professor Tadashi Yagi

After receiving PhD in Economics from Nagoya University, Professor Yagi has been working in a range of areas of economics, including public economics, economics of inequality and cultural economics. He was a former President of the Japan Association of Cultural Economics. He has a variety of articles and publications, including the Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics (Springer, 2018).

Professor David Throsby

David Throsby is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is internationally recognised for his research and writing on the economics of art and culture. His current research interests include heritage economics, the creative industries, the economic circumstances of creative artists, the Indigenous art economy, culture in sustainable economic development, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy. He has published many books, papers and reports in these areas. His recent books Economics and Culture (2001), translated into eight languages, and The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), were published by Cambridge University Press. With Professor Victor Ginsburgh, he has co-edited two volumes in the influential Handbooks in Economics series: the Handbooks of the Economics of Art and Culture, vol.1 (2006) and vol. 2 (2013), published by Elsevier/North-Holland.