Ghent University (UGent) - Department of Sociology
The research team Cultural Sociology and Lifestyle in the UGent Department of Sociology conducts theory-based quantitative empirical research on cultural behaviour and cultural experience, with central foci: the relationship with the social space, omnivority and lifestyles. The team collects data on cultural behaviour and attitudes both through audience research and through large-scale representative population studies, and is involved in various inter-university research consortia. Emphasis is on both fundamental research and applied policy research.
The team is since 2001 intensively involved in the Cultural Policy Research Centre (CPRC) which in 2016 transformed into the Knowledge Centre on Cultural and Media Participation. This knowledge centre is funded by the Flemish Government to conduct research on Cultural and Media participation, and the study of art/cultural education is part of the research agenda. The Knowledge Centre is an interuniversity (Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and interdisciplinary (sociology and communication sciences) research consortium currently consisting of 10 researchers (6 Professors, 1 post-doc researchers and 3 junior researchers). It is coordinated by the Department of Sociology/Research Group CuDOS at Ghent University (John Lievens & Jessy Siongers).