Developing Cultural Industries: Learning from the Palimpsest of Practice

Updated on 21 March 2016

The Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA), from 2004 to 2013, honoured young and talented researchers (up to 35 years old) addressing topics of European relevance in the field of applied and comparative cultural policy. 

While as of 2014 both the CPRA Award and the Forum are handed over to ENCATC, the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy Education, ECF continues to invest in a young generation of talented cultural policy researchers by providing mobility grants, publishing research, presenting the Researchers’ Lab, and promoting them within the European Research Area. Visit our CPRA page for further information. 

Exploring the connection between culture and broader goals of human development, this research focuses on cultural and creative industries in what is commonly referred to as 'developing countries'. Christiaan De Beukelaer offers a thorough exploration of how the concepts of cultural and creative industries are constructed and implemented across African countries and evaluates various policy implications of his findings. Combining an empirical study of the cultural industries of Africa with an understanding towards broader insights regarding global implications of the European debate surrounding creative industries, De Beukelaer's work will greatly benefit our thinking on cultural policy.

This publication is the result of the 9th Cultural Policy Research Award in 2012. It was presented in Amsterdam at the Boekman Foundation on 23 March 2015.

Also read the book review by Dr. Jonathan Vickery on LSE's Review of Books and by Benjamin Morgan on

The book is available again in print, hard copies from the 2nd print run can be obtained by e-mailing Christiaan De Beukelaer: 
christiaan.debeukelaer [AT]

Christiaan De Beukelaer was awarded the 2012 Cultural Policy Research Award (CPRA) which lead to the publication of his book Developing Cultural Industries: Learning from the Palimpsest of Practice.