Eleonora Belfiore is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University. She has published extensively on cultural politics and policy, and particularly the place that notions of the ‘social impacts’ of the arts have had in British cultural policy discourses. With Palgrave she has published, with Oliver Bennett, The Social Impact of the Arts: An intellectual history (2008) and co-edited with Anna Upchurch a volume entitled Humanities in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Utility and Markets (2013). More recently, her research has focused on researching the politics of cultural value, and she was Director of Studies of the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value (2013-5) and co-author of its final report, Enriching Britain: Culture, creativity and growth, published in February 2015.
Eleonora is researching the cultural value of everyday forms of cultural participation in her role as co-investigator on the AHRC funded Connected Communities project ‘Understanding Everyday Participation – Articulating Cultural Values’, and as the research partner on the Fun Palaces Ambassador Programme, a 3-year project funded by Wellcome and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Eleonora’s interest in the Tate Exchange lies in her longstanding commitment to exploring the social and cultural value of the arts and of public cultural institutions, and to working collaboratively with artists and professionals in the creative sectors.