Joris Janssens (Ph.D.)
Joris Janssens is an expert with an extensive experience in applied qualitative and quantitative research, strategic development projects and public policy advise, both in Flanders and in a European context.
Since 2019 Joris has been working for IDEA Consult in the fields of culture, leisure and tourism. Previously, he was Head of Research & Development at Kunstenpunt (Flanders Arts Institute) and Director of Vlaams Theater Instituut. Before, he worked at the KULeuven and obtained a PhD in Germanic Language and Literature in 2004.
His research and projects focus on diverse aspects of the cultural ecosystems and cultural policy in Flanders, Brussels and Europe. Research topics include: international mobility and policies, the status of artists, arts and local/urban development, cultural infrastructure, monitoring, and intercultural dialogue…. On these topics, he has managed R&D-projects, published and edited articles and books and lectured in academic, artistic and policy environments.
Between 2007-2019, Joris was the Flemish expert in the Compendium for Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. Currently he is in the Board of ERICarts Association. Other activities with a European scope include the design and development of RESHAPE (large-scale creative Europe projects, 2019-2021), Rewiring the Network (an R&D trajectory with IETM, the network for contemporary performing arts, 2020-2021), and SPACE/Travelogue, a European Parliament pilot project on performing arts mobility (2008-2011).
He holds a Ph.D. on Literature and Linguistics (KU Leuven), and worked on literary history projects at KU Leuven and University of Vienna. He was a board member of several cultural organisations in Flanders and editor at several cultural magazines.