Olga Kolokytha (Dr.) is Assistant Professor and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. She holds a PhD in Cultural Institutions Studies (Kulturbetriebslehre) awarded with Distinction by the University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna; an MA in Arts Management (City University London); a BA in Musicology and Music Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). In 2006 she was ranked 7th in Europe for the Cultural Policy Research Award, awarded by the European Cultural Foundation and the Bank of Sweden. She has taught at university level (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greek Open University, University of Vienna) and worked extensively as cultural projects manager and consultant around Europe. She has worked with the European Opera Centre as Projects Manager since 2003. Her research monograph Artistic Development of Young Professional Singers (2013) explores the notion of Artistic Development multiperspectively and focuses on issues of industry, career and professional development. She is regularly invited to give lectures for cultural organisations. She is a member of ECURES (the European Association of Cultural Researchers). She speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. In December 2016 she received the Best Publication Award, given to the best published PhD research for the years 2013-2015 by the University of Music and the Performing Arts of Vienna. In February 2018 she was among the key experts invited by the European Commission to the consultation on the future of the European Agenda for Culture.
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