Completed research projects

Changes in cultural leadership

Changes in cultural leadership through new generations of managers? Results of a survey of older and younger managers in public cultural organisations in Germany.

The GDR as a model project?

"Art and culture for all"? - Goals, programmes and effects of cultural participation and cultural mediation in the GDR and impulses for the present.

Theatre in a crisis of legitimacy?

Interest in, use of and attitudes towards state-funded theatres in Germany - a representative population survey.


Festival studies and post-heroic cultural management (2021-2022)

The research area Festival Studies & Cultural Leadership was supervised by Dr Nicola Scherer-Henze from 2021 to 2022 and dealt with festivals of the performing arts as relevant cultural policy actors for the regional and international scenes. more.

Cultural promotion as part of crisis prevention (2019-2021)

Research cooperation with the GIZ project "Donko ni Maaya" in Bamako, Mali. more.
Phooto: GIZ

Theater im Off?

The interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, examines the theatre offerings and audiences in southern Lower Saxony as a basis for audience development strategies in peripheral areas. more.

Guiding through the exhibition or making friends?

An empirical study on the mediation concept of documenta fifteen with the participation of students of the Master's programme in Cultural Mediation. more.

Artistic interventions in cultural education (2021-2022)

Sustainable implementation of artistic expertise for cultural education in schools and cultural institutions: The scholarship programme "Artistic Interventions in Cultural Education" - qualification and certificate for artists from various disciplines at the University of Hildesheim, funded by Stiftung Mercator. more.

Jetzt in Zukunft (2018 - 2020)

"Nachhaltigkeitskultur entwickeln: Praxis und Perspektiven soziokultureller Zentren“ (Developing a culture of sustainability: Praxis und Perspektiven soziokultureller Zentren), is the official title of the research project in cooperation with the Bundesverband Soziokultur e.V., funded by the Council for Sustainable Development's Sustainability Culture Fund. Under the short title "Jetzt in Zukunft", the project linked socio-cultural centres with sustainability, a responsible approach to our environment and a commitment to combating climate change. (Link to the website

ECoC Lab (2017 - 2021)

The ECoC LAB (European Capital of Culture Laboratory) was a research project launched in April 2017 and completed in February 2021 under the direction of Professor Dr Wolfgang Schneider. It saw itself as an overarching scientific authority, process facilitator, neutral discourse moderator and cooperation partner in the application process in which German cities competed for the title of "European Capital of Culture 2025". (Link to the website: