ACS Research Mission Statement
As pioneering sites of value creation and innovation, the arts and creative industries are at the forefront of broader changes and trends in contemporary society. Therefore, scholars affiliated with the Department of Arts and Culture Studies aim to add insight into the socio-economic, socio-cultural and spatial contexts in which cultural practices take place. We are a dynamic and experienced international team of researchers. What unites us is an approach to empirical research that is firmly grounded in established and cutting-edge theories and methods in sociology, economics and cultural studies. Our research mission is to achieve impact in two ways: first, we seek to contribute to scientific debates in cultural sociology, cultural economics and culture studies, positioning ourselves among the best research groups in the field worldwide; second, we aim to provide tools to help individuals, social groups, cultural organizations and policy makers to realize value in the arts and the creative industries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and abroad.