Cupore is a center for cultural policy research maintained by a foundation

Research center Cupore is an expert in cultural policy research. Cupore's mission is to produce and disseminate research data, studies and evaluations on cultural policy for decision-making and civil society.

Cupore conducts research, surveys, assessments and forecasts. In addition to our research work, our staff works in various ways in expert positions in cultural policy. We conduct research both independently and in collaboration with decision-makers in the field of culture and cultural policy, the academic research community, universities and research institutes. We publish research results mainly through our website in the form of e-publications and digital working papers.

Our well-established domestic partners are the Ministry of Education and Culture, the University of Jyväskylä, Arts Promotion Center Finland, the Association of Finnish Municipalities and public and private actors in art and culture. Cupore is a stakeholder member of the Association of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends, which maintains the Internet-based information system for European cultural policy, and Cupore is an author of Finland's profile. Our other key international partners are the Nordic network of Cultural policy researchers and the Nordic Journal of Cultural Policy (Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidsskrift), as well as the European network on cultural management and policy ENCATC.

The Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore is maintained by the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Kulttuuripoliittisen tutkimuksen edistämissäätiö sr). The foundation was founded by the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2002, and its purpose is to monitor the development of Finnish and international cultural policy and to promote research, expertise and communication in this field. The Ministry of Education and Culture was one of the initiators of the foundation and has been responsible for funding its research activities.

Board and Advisory Board of the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research

The board of the Foundation defines the general guidelines of its activities, approves appropriations and financial plans and employs its staff and researchers. The Foundations advisory board evaluates its activities and gives expert advice on research policy.

Members of the Board in 2021-2023 are:

Principal Lecturer Katri Halonen, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Head of Partnerships Veikko Kunnas, City of Helsinki

Professor Miikka Pyykkönen, University of Jyväskylä

Adjunct Professor, Lecturer Katriina Siivonen, University of Turku

Senior Researcher Timo Tohmo, University of Jyväskylä

Senior Researcher Kaisa Weckström, Statistics Finland


Members of the Advisory Board in 2021-2023 are:

Secretary General Antti Arjava, The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Professor Outi Fingerroos, University of Jyväskylä

Head of Development Eva-Maria Hakola, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike)

Head of Development Pirjo Hamari, Finnish Heritage Agency

Senior Advisor Annukka Jyrämä, Aalto University

Counsellor of Cultural Affairs Esa Pirnes, Ministry of Education and Culture

Senior Advisor Johanna Selkee, The Association of Finnish Municipalities

Professor Janne Vilkuna, University of Jyväskylä


Cupore's equality and non-discrimination plan

Equality and non-discrimination are central values in the Center for Cultural Policy Research Cupore's operations. Cupore has prepared and published its equality and non-discrimination plan for 2022–2025. Plan is a part of the practical implementation of Cupore’s strategy.  

Read Cupore's Equality and Non-Discrimination Plan 2022-2025 (PDF) here.