John R. Gold, Professor of Urban Historical Geography in the School of Social Sciences and Law at Oxford Brookes University, is the author or editor, sole or joint, of 15 books on urban and cultural subjects. He is currently working on the third part of his trilogy on architectural modernism in Great Britain, entitled The Legacy of Modernism: modern architects, the city and the collapse of orthodoxy, 1973-1990. The second edition of his book Olympic Cities: city agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896-2016, jointly edited with Margaret Gold, will be published in Routledge’s Studies in History, Planning and the Environment series in September 2010.  In addition, he and Margaret Gold are working on Festival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life since 1918 (for publication in Routledge’s Studies in History, Planning and the Environment series, 2011); and on a four-volume set on The Making of Olympic Cities for Routledge’s Major Works series (2011).

Margaret Gold is Senior Lecturer in Arts and Heritage Management at London Metropolitan University and an Associate of the University’s Cities Institute. She is the joint author of Imagining Scotland (Scolar Press, 1995) and Cities of Culture (Ashgate, 2005). The second edition of her book Olympic Cities: city agendas, Planning, and the World’s Games, 1896-2016, jointly edited with John Gold, will be published in Routledge’s Studies in History, Planning and the Environment series in September 2010.  In addition, she and John Gold are working on Festival Cities: Culture, Planning and Urban Life since 1918 (for publication in Routledge’s Studies in History, Planning and the Environment series, 2011); and on a four-volume set on The Making of Olympic Cities for Routledge’s Major Works series (2011).

Nicholas Crosson joined the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in 2005. As Director of Research, he investigates, analyzes, and reports research data related to arts and culture; tracks cultural policy and legislative issues; and coordinates local and national research projects. Crosson has been managing editor and co-author of Arts, Culture, and Economic Prosperity in Greater Philadelphia (2007) and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Portfolio reports (2006, 2008, and upcoming) which offer an unprecedented and in-depth look at the scope of the Philadelphia non-profit cultural sector. Portfolio has been hailed as “the most ambitious and impressive attempt to uncover hard data” on the region’s cultural industry to date (9/26/06 Philadelphia Daily News editorial). Crosson previously served as a researcher at the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, Amnesty International USA, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He has taught philosophy at St. Joseph’s University, Georgetown University, and Boston College, and authored several papers on ethics and political philosophy. He holds an MA in philosophy from Georgetown University and a BA in philosophy from Haverford College. His most recent paper on arts and culture is “John Dewey, Adam Smith, Divas and Ballerinas: Instrumental Values in a Framework for Cultural Development Policy”.

Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway has worked at the University of Barcelona as lecturer and researcher since 1993. Her main object of study has been housing and urban economy. Some of the key aspects of her research interests are housing policy, particularly in the form of social housing, problems of access to housing, sustainable development, housing as a determinant of social cohesion, urban renewal processes and new forms of urban competitiveness in XXIst Century. Both the multi-disciplinary approach as compared analysis to other countries and cities of Europe and Latin America has been a common feature in many of their projects. Pareja-Eastaway has been responsible of three research teams of projects funded by the European Union. These projects was SOCOHO “The Importance of Housing Systems in Safeguarding Social Cohesion in Europe” (2000-2002), the project RESTATE “Restructuring large-scale housing estates in European cities: good practices and new visions for sustainable cities and Neighborhoods” (2002-2005) and the ACRE project “Accommodating Creative Knowledge – Competitiveness of European Metropolitan Regions within the Enlarged Union” (2007-2010). Currently, Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway leads a research group funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya called “Creativity, innovation and urban transformation”.

Chris Gibbon works for BOP Consulting, a London-based consultancy which specialises in culture and the creative industries. An economic geographer by background, Chris carries out much of BOP’s quantitative research into the location and profile of the creative industries in Britain, especially at sub-regional level. He has researched places as diverse as the West of England, Yorkshire, west London and the Welsh Valleys. Chris has previously worked for Strategic Urban Futures, an urban regeneration company based in Hackney in east London, and Local Futures, a research consultancy. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Mariette Sibertin-Blanc was born in 1975 and is lecturer of urban and regional planning at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail. She has worked on issues related to cultural policies and actions, the dynamics of small towns and regional governance, territory and cooperation between local projects. She is the author of the thesis Munitipal cultural initiatives in the reorganization of metropolitan areas, as well as numerous articles in books and magazines.

Ralf Ebert is Dipl. Ing, Director of STADTart, Consultancy for City, Culture and Planning, Dortmund/Germany Lecturer at the University of Dortmund and University of Applied Sciences in Werningerode/Harz, Germany. STADTart is a well established German consultancy in the field of culture, creativity and urban development. It is doing applied research and policy advice and feasibility studies for local and regional governments, for developers and for private corporations. Since 1991 STADTart is the leading partner of a consortium to carry out the three-annual Cultural Industries Reports of the State of North Rhine Westphalia, which have become a model for such reports across Germany and beyond. Since the early 1990s he is involved in studies on the creative city, above all on different types of creative spaces in the city.  Ralf Ebert has published numerous reports on culture and creative industries, on culture-related tourism and marketing for regions, leisure parks, developmental strategies for culture and creative industries in traditional industrial regions like the Ruhr and medium-sized cities. He has been invited as a speaker to national and international conferences, among others to the USA, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain.

Jean Louis Bonnin is born in Poitiers in 1947. He is cultural advisor of Nantes’ Mayor and the President of Nantes Métropole since April 2006. Head of ECCE European project (Development of economic clusters of cultural industries), which includes the cities of Aachen, Angers, Eindhoven, Utrecht, Rennes Métropole and British development agency of cultural industries (CIDA) placed at the region of Yorkshire. Previously he has worked, among others, as Director of Cultural Development for the City of Nantes (Culture – Heritage – Tourism) (1995-2006) and as Director of Cultural Affairs in the city of Blois, under Mayor Jack mandate Lang (1991-1995).

Graeme Evans is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of the Cities Research Institute, London Metropolitan University ( He is also Extraordinary Professor of Culture & Urban Development at Maastricht University – one of five dutch cities bidding for European Capital of Culture 2018. He has led major international comparative studies of creative industries and cultural policies (Creative Spaces) and developed the UK Cultural Ministry’s (DCMS) guidance on culture and regeneration and cultural planning (, He has worked for the OECD on metropolitan reviews of the creative and cultural economy in Copenhagen and Toronto and is currently advising Istanbul on their Capital of Culture and Cultural Inventory research programmes and the Mayor’s evaluation of London2012 Olympic Legacy.
Francesco Gastaldi, (Chiavari, Genoa, 1969). Francesco Gastaldi is researcher in town planning at the Faculty of Territorial Planning of the IUAV University. He achieved a degree in Architecture at the University of Genoa, a Ph.D degree in Territorial Planning and Local development at the Polytechnic of Turin; he has been research fellow at the Polis Department of the University of Genoa and lecturer at the University of Parma and the Polytechnic of Turin. He carried out research activities in the fields of local development policy and urban management. He took part in MIUR and University research projects, carried out researches and consultancies for public an private actors. He wrote several papers, articles, book chapters and books among which “Francesco Gastaldi, Valeria Fedeli (eds.), Pratiche strategiche di pianificazione, FrancoAngeli, Milan, 2004”, a study on the strategic planning experimentationsin Italy.

Charles Landry helps cities reach their potential by triggering their imagination and thinking. Working closely with decision makers and local leaders and acting as a critical friend, he inspires, facilitates and stimulates so cities can transform for the better. Charles helps find original solutions to seemingly intractable urban dilemmas such as marrying innovation and tradition, balancing wealth creation and social cohesiveness, or local distinctiveness and a global orientation. Seen as an international authority on creativity and city futures Charles focuses especially on how the culture of a place can invigorate and revitalize the economy, enhancing the sense of self and confidence. Charles Landry is a frequent speaker and facilitator; he undertakes customized research and develops his own projects on areas such as the Intercultural City and the Creative Bureaucracy. He has written several books including the highly acclaimed: The Art of City Making, on how cities can be more “creative for the world” so that the energies of individuals and companies can be brought into alignment with their global responsibilities. This builds on his original ideas in his book, The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators, which has been credited with launching the global creative cities movement. Together with co-author Phil Wood he has also written his most recent book, The Intercultural City. Charles was born in 1948 and studied in Britain, Germany and Italy. In 1978 he founded Comedia, a highly respected European consultancy working in creativity, culture and urban change. He has worked on several hundred projects over the years and is invited to give talks all over the world.