The Centre draws upon a pool of talented academics and advisers both internal and external to the University.

JP SinghDirector 

Professor J P Singh (Chair, Culture and Political Economy)

J.P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

Singh has authored eight books, and published more than 75 scholarly articles. His research has won several awards including the best book on information technology and politics from the American Political Science Association for Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity.  

His current project is Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Promote Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming).

A recipient of several teaching honours, he has taught at universities in the United States and Europe including Georgetown University and the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.  He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

Singh is editor of Arts and International Affairs. 

Faith LiddellVisiting Professor 

Faith Liddell OBE 

Faith Liddell is an experienced creative producer, programmer, cultural entrepreneur and consultant who has worked in key strategic and creative roles across art forms for the last twenty five years, including as the Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

She has specialised in the creation and development of high profile national and international projects, collaborations and festivals and has been instrumental in creating and consulting on the evolution of organisations, projects and approaches that aspire internationally on a creative level, while connecting to economic development, innovation, education and community agendas. From 2007 to 2015 she was Director of Festivals Edinburgh, a new organisation designed to take the lead on the joint strategic development of all 12 of Edinburgh’s major festivals and to sustain Edinburgh’s pre-eminence as the world’s leading festival destination.

She worked with the member festivals to make the case for their cultural, social and economic importance and attract significant additional investment into the festivals and the programmes they developed collaboratively across impact research, programme development and investment, international working, innovation, environmental practice and cultural destination marketing. Her current clients include Creative Edinburgh, Glasgow Life, the British Council and Krakow City Festival Office. In 2015 she won the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award, received an OBE for services to the arts and was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is a Visiting Professor at the Institute for International Cultural Relations in the University of Edinburgh, a member of the board of directors of NVA and Vanishing Point, a Trustee of the Leith Trust and a member of Edinburgh’s Cultural Task Group.

Career Development FellowCora Lacatus

Corina Lacatus

Cora (Corina) Lacatus is a Career Development Fellow specializing in Quantitative Cultural Methodologies at the Institute for International Cultural Relations in the School of Social and Political Science.

Cora has worked across disciplines in the fields of International Relations, Cultural Studies, and European Studies, investigating topics related to culture, human rights, global politics, and research methods.

She is currently working on a book that investigates institutional design in the case of national human rights institutions. The book builds on multi-method research carried out during the doctoral work at the London School of Economics. 

Her first book, The (In)visibility Complex was published in 2008 (Stockholm University) and explores identity and the artistic representation of the migrant experience in Sweden.

Cora holds a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2017) and a second doctorate in Germanic and European Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (2007). Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, she held research and teaching positions at University of California, Stockholm University, University of Illinois, American University in DC, and the London School of Economics. She was a Fellow in multi-method research with the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University in 2016 and completed a certificate in quantitative method research at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Lacatus was Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2013-2016).