European Association of Cultural Researchers e.V.

Péter Inkei

The Budapest Observatory
Regional Observatory on Culture in East-Central Europe

Founder and director of the Budapest Observatory: Regional Observatory on Culture in East-Central Europe. He has done consultancy in various fields of cultural policy, among others for the Council of Europe and the European Commission; is author of the Hungarian entry of the Compendium of cultural policies, and has been a speaker at various international conferences. Previously, he held various positions in the civil service, including deputy state secretary for culture. Péter Inkei has also worked in publishing – with Central European University Press – and was Founding Director of the Budapest International Book Festival in 1994.

Main research fields:
  • Cultural policies / arts administration
  • Economics / creative industries
  • Empirical methods / statistics
  • European cooperation / integration
  • Impact studies / evaluation
  • Literature / publishing
Institutional background:
  • Arm's-length bodies (e.g. cultural institutes)
  • Consultancies


The Budapest Observatory