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Anna De Amicis

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  • Evaluating Enablers, Practices and Impact of Boundary Spanners in the Art Sector

Anna De Amicis is a Henley Business School PhD student in the department of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour.

Her research interests include strategies of cultural productions, disruptive practices, networking theories, cultural labour and socially engaged art. Her PhD topic is at the intersection of the business sector and the art field, addressing the dearth of research within the art sector, and she investigates the nature and role of those boundary spanning professionals who encourage interactions between entities that don't normally mix and who are able to establish temporary uncommon partnerships to deliver valuable art projects. On the practical side, the research contributes to foster resilience among art practitioners by demonstrating the relevance of 'opening up' to partners outside the cultural field; there is a current shortage of funding and exploring opportunities for inter-organisational collaborative working is much needed.

In 2017 Anna gained her MA in Arts and Cultural Enterprises from Central Saint Martin, University of the Arts London. Prior qualifications include an MSc in Evaluation and Development of Human Resources from the Univesity of Padua (Italy), a BA in Organisational Psychology from the University of Urbino (Italy) in 1999 and being certified as a Chartered Psychologist by the Italian Psychologist Association.