Research Interest Clusters

On 19 March 2021, ENCATC presented its Research Interest Clusters (RICs).

The main goal of ENCATC’s Research Interest Clusters (RICs) is to enable members with an interest in a specific research topic or problematic within the arts and cultural management and policy field to work together to further research or to deepen understanding of that topic.  ENCATC’s ambition is, ultimately, to stimulate and support research and knowledge transfer in the field so that it gradually becomes established and recognised as an area of research in its own right. 

On 19 March 2021, ENCATC presented its Research Interest Clusters (RICs).

What is a Research Interest Cluster?

A Research Interest Cluster (hereinafter RIC) provides an online space for professional and social networking in which individuals with a shared and specialised research, education or professional interest can cluster, connect and move their knowledge interest forward and share it with the relevant and wider communities.  A RIC can also be an ‘incubator’ for collaborative research activity, for example, leading to a bid for a project, or a book proposal.  The lifespan of a RIC is one year, but it is renewable depending on work in-progress. 

What is a Research Interest Cluster?

Who can join a RIC?

ENCATC members can (1) get assistance to match their research interests, (2) propose a new research cluster by the deadline of 19 May 2021 and can also (3) join a research cluster.  Members of ENCATC’s ‘sister’ networks AAAE and TACPS and non-affiliated individuals will also be considered.

Who can join a RIC?

Get involved

ENCATC members who are interested to get their research interests matched with and meet a potential co-convenor/s are invited to participate in process with RIC speed-date events. 

(1) Get your research interests matched

  1. Individuals apply for a speed-date to meet a potential co-convenor/s by Monday, 17 May
  2. ENCATC will match application topics with similar topics/people on Thursday, 20 May
  3. Speed-date participants will be informed if ENCATC found a match or more and confirm the speed-date to all involved either on Friday, 27 May 
  4. Speed-date on Friday, 28 May in Zoom breakout rooms by topic
  5. Final RICs proposal applications due by Friday, 4 June

(2) Proposals must be submitted via the online form and include:

  • An outline of the topic the RIC proposes to focus on (applicants must ensure that the proposed topic is not already covered by a new RIC and setting). (< 300 words)
  • A paragraph explaining the need for a new RIC and setting and setting out its intended aims. (< 300 words)
  • The names and institutional affiliation of the convenors (typically 2, no more than 3) who must be paid-up members of ENCATC or affiliated to one of ENCATC’s sister networks. Convenors can upload their CV if they so wish, though this is not a requirement.
  • Proposals for a new research interest group can be submitted at any time but they start at two points in the year, January and May.

(3) Joining a RIC

/!\ This  online form will open once the first RICs have been submitted and approved. 

  • ENCATC members wanting to join a RIC need to complete a short form including their contact details and briefly explaining why they are interested in joining that RIC.
  • Members of ENCATC’s ‘sister’ networks and Individuals/Organisations wanting to join a RIC can do so at ENCATC’s discretion and with the support of the relevant RIC convenors; the requirements are the same as for members.
  •  Please note that non-affiliated individuals’ participation in a RIC is limited to 4 months (after this, and in order to continue, they must formally obtain ENCATC membership). 

How does a RIC operate?

RICs operate fully online. Each RIC will have a dedicated webpage with an introduction to the RIC and topic, convenors, contact point and participants; and where information e.g. announcements, papers, links, zoom recordings can also be posted.  Whilst ENCATC is not able to provide admin or funding for any events or, for example, for speakers, ENCATC’s communications channels will support RICs in publicising their events to a relevant global audience.

The convenors of a research interest group are responsible for the topic, for leading and coordinating the work and outcomes of the research interest group; and have final authority on decisions about the academic activity of their group.  Convenors are expected to report on their group’s activities by the end of their group’s annual cycle (January or May).

How does a RIC operate?

What does a RIC do?

RICs organise regular meetings among their participants (e.g. on zoom) and are expected to share their work or outcomes with their wider interest or issue community at an appropriate time within their yearly life-cycle. This could take the form of, for example:

  • organising a topic specific discussion forum (online);
  • developing a paper for publication, or to submit to the ENCATC Congress on Cultural Management and Policy;
  • developing/submitting a panel for the ENCATC Congress;
  • developing/proposing a themed special issue of ENCATC’s European Journal of Cultural Management and Policy;
  • or a combination thereof (the above are just examples)!
What does a RIC do?
April- May
17 May
19 May
20 May
28 May
4 June
Convenors-speed-dating application link added to RICS webpage

Speed-dating promotion communicated
Deadline for speed-dating events applications
Assessment and matching topics and people
Emails to matched topics/people to confirm speed-date
Co-convenor speed-dating events 1 & 2 on Zoom
RIC applications deadline
Assessment RICS application proposals
Approved RICs added to the website
RIC webpage/s go public on the website