Dr. Franco Bianchini (Italy) 

Dr. Franco Bianchini (Italy/UK)

Franco Bianchini was Professor of Cultural Policy and Planning at Leeds Beckett University from 2007-2016, and at the University of Hull from 2016-2020. He was a member of the teams preparing the successful European Capital of Culture bids for Liverpool for 2008 and for Matera for 2019. Bianchini’s publications cover a wide range of subjects, including the concept of 'cultural planning', the role of cultural policy in urban regeneration and the contribution of cultural diversity and interculturalism to innovative urban cultural strategies. Bianchini works as Visiting Professor at Sibelius Academy in academic year 2019-2020.