Econcult. 05/08/2021

The doctoral thesis defended at the University of Valencia by the cultural policy expert and cultural manager Tony R. Murphy, based on the analysis of cultural facilities in the metropolitan areas of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife-La Laguna, has received the qualification of Outstanding Cum Laude.

The panel was composed of the emeritus professor Josepa Cucó and the professors Ramon Zallo and Jesus de Pedro.

This work projects, from a multidisciplinary perspective, a critical look at the conventional models of cultural policies, supported by the empirical case study. The study, consisting of the analysis of the cultural spaces of the metropolitan areas of the two capitals, has been approached in an exhaustive manner and incorporates an innovative methodology in the evaluation of their cultural, social, relational, territorial and economic impacts.

The study presented by the member of the European Commission’s panel of experts for the assessment of candidate cities for the European Capital of Culture is based on a critique of the dominant cultural policy model in the West since the 1960s, that of cultural democratisation, which he considers to be exhausted.

Tony Murphy has been a member of the Econcult Research Unit since his academic recognition in 2016 and has been involved in numerous research unit projects.

Murphy is a cultural policy expert and cultural manager with more than two decades of experience in public and private cultural institutions and organisations. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences, a BA in Philosophy, a Diploma in Cultural Policy, a Master in Cultural Management and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Cultural Law.

He is also a researcher at Econcult (Cultural Economics Research Unit of the University of Valencia), member of the panel of experts of the European Commission for the assessment of candidate cities for the European Capital of Culture, expert evaluator of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Euro-Arab cultural mobility, member of the European Cultural Policy Designers Network and member of the board of directors of the Association of Cultural Management Professionals of the Canary Islands. He is director of the consultancy Culturalink



The thesis proposes a critical reading of the role of cultural facilities in the expansion of the conventional model of cultural policies and cultural democratisation.