Professor Elisabetta Lazzaro

Professor Elisabetta Lazzaro

Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries Management

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Professor Elisabetta Lazzaro

Elisabetta Lazzaro is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries Management at UCA Business School for the Creative Industries.

Professor Elisabetta Lazzaro


Elisabetta holds a PhD in Economics jointly from Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Université Libre de Bruxelles (Fellow), a Master in Economics & Culture from Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Fellow), and a Master in Business Economics from Ca’ Foscari Venice University (Fellow), in addition to other degrees and fellow studies in economics, music, fashion, art history and applied technologies in Europe, the USA and Australia.

She has formerly been professor of business, economics and entrepreneurship of the arts, culture and creative industries at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, the ULB in Brussels and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Elisabetta is Executive Board M¬ember of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), and has served in several scientific and steering committees of major international, European and national cultural organisations and institutions, and governments. Her research interests and professional experience deal with current academic and industry needs and trends.

Research statement

Elisabetta has written around 70 publications on key issues in the economics and business of the arts, culture and creative industries in international peer-reviewed journals, books and policy reports.

Her research interests focus on art markets, arts consumption and value, crossovers and socio-economic impact of culture, entrepreneurship, innovative business models and sustainable financing (including crowdfunding) of arts professionals and organisations, digitization and technology transfer in the arts, cultural heritage and creativity, and international related policy aspects.

Among other initiatives, she is co-founder of Researching Arts Markets: Past, Present and Tools for the Future, gathering an international interdisciplinary research group of scholars and practitioners from different disciplines, areas and periods of the art market.

Research supervision

More than 100 PhD, Master and BA students individually mentored in their final theses in Cultural and Creative Economics and Management successfully achieved their degrees at the SMU, ULB and HKU and other universities where Elisabetta guest lectured (2005-).

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

• Executive Board Member of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).
• Member of the International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC),
• Member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)
• Member of the International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA)
• Advisory Board Member of the Art Market Dictionary, Walter de Gruyter Academic Publishing, Berlin.
• Peer reviewer for several academic journals and publishers, including the Journal of Cultural Economics, the International Journal of Cultural Policy, the International Journal of Arts Management, Gender, Work & Organization and the International Journal of Technology Management.

  • PhD examination experience at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
  • PhD examination experience at Université de Montpellier
  • PhD examination experience at Polytechnic University of Valencia.
  • Scientific expert at the European Commission
  • Scientific expert at the European Parliament
  • International expert reviewer at a number of national research councils, including UK ESRC, French ANR, Belgian FRS-FNRS and Latvian LZP.

As a principal and partner investigator, Elisabetta has succeeded in attracting more than 20 national and international grants to support research in creative economics and management from the European Commission, the European Parliament, various national research and arts councils, and private industry funders.

She has been visiting professor and scholar at a number of universities and art institutes worldwide, including Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, IESA Paris, Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Christie’s Education and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.