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Lidia Varbanova


Teaching, consulting, doing research and assisting organizations and professionals in the arts and creative industries in Canada and internationally is certainly an amazing professional experience! I have been working on diverse and complex international projects with businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments in countries with different economic and political systems, social structures and multicultural environment. This gives me the special privilege to have a broader perspective, to understand diverse viewpoints and to compare different realities in my consulting, teaching and research work.

Areas of my professional interest include: strategies, entrepreneurship, organisational change and capacity building, corporate social responsibility, innovative fundraising and marketing, international cooperation and networking in the arts, culture, creative industries and the nonprofit sector.

I have contributed to the development of the LabforCulture initiative online and was assisting the Resources for research section, as well as moderating the Young Cultural Policy Researchers Forum.

Among the major awards and fellowships I have received are: FULBRIGHT fellowship in cultural economics; RSS-OSI grant; NISPAcee fellowship; Fellowship Grant by the Japan Foundation; Project Grant by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation; ARTSLINK visiting fellowship, UCLA, California; Scholarship, the Webb Memorial Trust, Ruskin College, Oxford. I obtain Ph.D. in Economics, MA in Industrial Management and Minor in Journalism.

My recent book

The many years of profound academic research and international practical experience in my professional career resulted in my latest book “Strategic Management in the Arts”, to be published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis) in November 2012. The book focuses on innovative thinking and entrepreneurial actions in the arts sector as two primary vectors in strategic management and discusses the necessity to cultivate an intrapreneurial climate in the arts. It is structured to walk the reader through each element of the strategic plan systematically. It also emphasizes that an effective strategy is the one that constantly responds to dynamic external changes, preparing the organization to act accordingly by utilizing its full capacity and resources. The book is a result of my international collaboration with professionals and partners, the knowledge gathered from my academic research, consulting work, training sessions, as well as my ongoing involvement in international projects.

I live and work in Montreal, experiencing the vibrant multicultural life of this amazing city. My friends and colleagues often say that I am an endless optimist, full of energy, open minded, curious, loving life, ongoing learner, frequent traveler, devoted much to my work and to the mission of helping others. I can add that I am a “fun lover”, I still believe that miracles can happen. I have strong values in life. I love music and performing arts, I play piano, I sing and I organize social events and parties with friends and colleagues in my home in Montreal.

I do regular blogs on my website, have a look and share your opinion:

Arts & Cultural categories:
Audiovisual & Media, Performing Arts, dance, music, opera, operetta & cabaret, theatre, Visual & Plastic Arts, photography, Community Arts, arts in a social context, Multidisciplinary Arts
Thematic scope:
Arts Management & Entrepreneurship, Cultural Economics , Cultural Funding, corporate philanthropy, Cultural Networking , Cultural Policy & Administration , Education & Training, arts marketing, cultural businesses, human resources in the arts, fundraising, sponsorship, European cultural policy, intercultural dialogue


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The New Arts Management Program at Centennial College: engaging, unique, promising…
Proud to be part of the faculty “dream team” of the new Arts Management Post …
Lidia Varbanova | 17 jun 2015
The gains and constraints being a consultant in the arts
How great to meet colleagues and discuss key issues related to our common professional …
Lidia Varbanova | 09 feb 2015


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Master Programme in Cultural Policy and Management
Study Level: Master Study Mode: Full Time Duration: One academic year (2 semesters) …
Lidia Varbanova | 27 jun 2013
Cultural Policies in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia
This publication provides an introduction to the realities of public cultural …
Publication | 25 apr 2012
Cultural policy bibliography
This bibliography is elaborated as a result of a research in the catalogue of the …
Publication | 16 dec 2011