Professor Ruth Bereson is Dean, Engagement (Creative Arts) and holds a PhD from the Department of Arts Policy and Management, City University London. Ruth researches in the fields of arts and cultural management, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy and cultural leadership. Her central research interest is the relationship between governmental policies and their effects on the arts internationally and over time. She also contributes to the field through a wide range of books, edited volumes and articles on arts management and cultural policy and diplomacy. Her latest book chapter with Justin Macdonnell Arts Management and its Contradictions will be published in The Routledge Companion to Arts Management, 2020. Ruth has held senior positions in the sector internationally including Dean (Academic) AEL, Griffith University, Associate Director, Teachers College Columbia University Arts Administration Program, Founding Director of the Arts Management Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Dean, Faculty for the Creative Industries at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore.
Ruth is a keen observer of Australian Arts policy and is currently working with Justin Macdonnell on a study of Australian regional Performing Arts history of the 1980s. A speaker internationally on cultural policy and arts management, Ruth created a series for the Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts entitled Cultural Conundrums which addresses the challenges the arts present to policy makers and managers. She recently received grant funding from the Australia-ASEAN Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the project Regionally Speaking: Cultural Advocacy, Diplomacy and Leadership from ASEAN to Australia. The project is designed to facilitate greater insight, knowledge and exchange between cultural leaders and their networks in Australia and the ASEAN region.