Multiculturalism and governance

Evaluating arts policies and engaging cultural citizenship


Nikos Papastergiadis, Audrey Yue, Rimi Khan, Ghassan Hage, Ramaswami Harindranath.


This Australian Research Council-funded Linkage Project examines the capacity of multicultural arts to promote a sense of belonging within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Through its study of arts policy, production and consumption at three levels of government it will generate a new framework for evaluating the significance of multiculturalism.

This is the first sustained project to focus on multicultural arts' impact in Australia's rapidly emerging growth corridor municipalities. It is also significant for developing a collaborative research methodology.

In collaboration with partner organisations City of Whittlesea, Creative Victoria, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and the Australia Council, the study assesses how cultural citizenship takes place through cultural participation. In doing so it will develop cultural indicators and generate best practice models that will benefit policy professionals, arts organisations and multicultural advocates.

Cultural indicators survey

MulticulturalismAs part of the development of a measurement framework examining cultural participation and cultural citizenship, researchers from this project undertook a survey. The survey was available in English, Chinese and Arabic.

The data was stored and analysed by University of Melbourne researchers in keeping with the University's ethics requirements. For further information about the research, please see this web page or contact the Project Manager, email Rimi Khan.


Australia Research Council, Linkage Project


Australia Council for the Arts
City of Whittlesea
Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
Arts Victoria (2011-2014)




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