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Mariangela Lavanga, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note

Mariangela Lavanga is Assistant Professor in Cultural Economics at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She lectures in the Bachelor Cultural Studies, the Pre-Master Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship, and the Master in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on cultural and creative industries (CCIs), urban (re)development, creative cities, creative clusters and cultural policy.  The fashion and design industries are her new topics of research.


Mariangela holds a PhD in Communication Economics / Cultural Economics from IULM University in Milan, a MSc in Urban Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a BA/MSc in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Between 2006 and 2010, Mariangela was post-doc researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). At the UvA she collaborated in the project ‘Places and their Culture. The evolution of Dutch cultural industries from an international perspective, 1600-2000’ financed within the Dutch Scientific Council (NWO) program ‘Urbanization and Urban Culture’.


Mariangela has over 10 years of academic and professional experience as a researcher, lecturer and consultant. She has provided research and consultancy services for government authorities, foundations and organizations across Europe.


Awards and grants

5th Forum of Young Cultural Policy Researchers - Travel grant for attending the forum in Helsinki, 11-12 October 2011 (ENCATC - European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers and ECF – European Cultural Foundation) - 2011

Shortlisted for the Cultural Policy Research Award 2010 – Presentation of the project at the 4th Forum of Young Cultural Policy Researchers organized in Brussels , 6-7 October 2010 (ENCATC - European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers and ECF – European Cultural Foundation) - 2010

URBAN-NET pilot call 2008 ‘Sustainable Urban Development’ (6th EU Framework Programme) - Research grant for the pre-research project CURE – Cultural industries and urban resilience; An explorative multi-level analysis of the contribution of cultural industries to urban resilience (with R. Kloosterman) - 2008

FUTURE - Future Urban Research in Europe, European fellowship for training in urban studies financed by the European Union - Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses. Theme: Culture and the City - 2007

Giovanni Agnelli Research Scholarship in the ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPORARY ART Theme, funded by UniCredit Private Banking and Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli, Turin - Special Mention for the project ‘Young artists in Italy: careers, strategies, markets, policies’ (with M. Martinoni and S. Pastorino) - 2005

IULM University, Milan - Winner of a 3-year scholarship – 2002/2005

Bocconi University, Milan - Winner of the I.S.U. (Student assistance and financial aid institute) scholarship for 5 consecutive years plus accommodation at Bocconi University student house - 1995/2001

Fondazione Comunità D. Tardini, Rome - Winner of a 5-years-long scholarship to cover university expenses and cultural activities - 1995/2001