Olli Jakonen

Researcher, M.Soc.Sci., Doctoral Student
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Olli Jakonen

I have worked at the Center for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore) since 2014 first as a project researcher and from the beginning of 2015 as a researcher. During this period, I have conducted different studies and evaluations, many of them commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture, on different topics in relation to art and cultural policies, creative economy and state subsidies for art and culture.

In the years 2014-2015 I conducted several evaluations on the usage and effectiveness of EU's structural funds for arts, culture and creative economy in Mainland Finland between 2007 and 2013. These three research projects centered on activities in Finland funded by EU's Regional Development Fund, Social Fund and Agricultural Fund. In 2015, I conducted a study on public library development project subsidies and their relation to the national library policy. During 2016-2017, I have worked on an international research project Cultural and Creative Spillovers and an evaluation study of state transfers for promoting cultural activities of disability communities and the accessibility of culture. I also wrote a working paper on the effectiveness evaluation of cultural policy. Currently, I am working on a research projects related to the state subsidies for art and cultural communities, cultural policy effectiveness and impacts of cultural policy. Between 2016 - 2018, I conducted a process evaluation of the governmental key project “Access to art and culture will be facilitated” (2015-2018).

I have MSocSci (cultural policy, political science and sociology) from the University of Jyväskylä. Since the summer of 2016, I have been also preparing my doctoral studies in the Cultural Policy Program of the University of Jyväskylä.