Anke Schad-Spindler, PhD


Ferstelgasse 5/Top floor, door 25
Room: D 02
1090 Vienna
T: +43-1-4277-494 68
F: +43-1-4277-949 4

Short biography

Anke Schad-Spindler has been working as a research associate (Post Doc) on the project "Agonistic Cultural Policy (AGONART) - Case Studies on the Conflicutal Transformation of Cultural Quarters" (headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Oliver Marchart) since December 2020. She completed her PhD studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts (mdw), Cultural Institution Studies, with Prof. Dr. Tasos Zembylas with distinction. Her dissertation on cultural governance in Austria was awarded the Award of Excellence by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research in 2018 and the Herta and Kurt Blaukopf Award of mdw in 2019.

Anke Schad-Spindler has been researching cultural policy, cultural management and cultural education since 2006. Since 2017 she has been working as a freelance researcher, evaluator and process facilitator for clients such as the Goethe-Institut. From 2019-2020 she was a Post Doc researcher at the Research Cluster on the Transformation of Cultural Production at the Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, where she also taught cultural policy, cultural organisation and audience studies. Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a researcher at EDUCULT – Institute of Cultural Policy and Management in the Museumsquartier in Vienna.

She has been a member of the board of the Association for Cultural Management (Fachverband Kulturmanagement e.V.) since 2016 and of the EDUCULT board since 2017. In 2019 she was appointed to the Expert Council on Cultural Diversity of the Austrian UNESCO Commission.

Research interests

Cultural policy, cultural management, funding for arts and culture, cultural education, international cultural cooperation, deliberative democracy theory, qualitative research methods, evaluation of cultural projects
Research field: conflict theory, agonistic democracy theory and art and cultural policy in Austria