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This task intends to reach A1 and anticipates:

1.1) Gathering and analyses of information and documentation concerning a previous research conducted in the national and international contexts, scientific articles, relevant bibliography, online resources and media articles.

1.2.) Conduction of semi structured interviews, attending or online, to national and international privileged informants in order to identify the networks which experts and cultural and creative sector professionals consider the best practice of transnational cultural cooperation networks.

1.3.) Boost focus groups to identify models of cultural cooperation networks adjusted to the Portuguese reality.


This task is meant to achieve A2 and anticipates:

2.1.) Gathering and examination of information and documentation concerning a previous research conducted in the national and international contexts, scientific articles, relevant bibliography, online resources and media news.

2.2.) Online survey to Portuguese cultural and creative sector professionals and organisations.


Since A3 and A4 show complementary points of view concerning the same organisations – the ones which integrate the subgroup of cultural cooperation networks created in the task 2, or a sample of this subgroup if the universe is extended – it was decided that it would be more effective if they were integrated in the same task which foresees:

3.1.) Gathering and analysis of information and documentation which allows a deep characterization of each organization as well as of its members.

3.2.) Direct observation of a group of activities held by the organisations in order to check their symbolic and communicative dimensions.

3.3.) Online survey to Portuguese cultural and creative sector professionals and organisations in order to gather information about the communication system and each network characteristics which, with the help of specific software, will allow a holistic analysis of the network of Portuguese Cultural Cooperation Networks.

3.4.) A top interview in each organization to gather extra information, mainly in what concerns the strategy and internal and external communication system.

3.5.) Boost a focus group which will meet twice with the heads of the organisations to discuss internally the results of the task an possible improvements.


This task anticipates:

4.1.) The creation of a panel, according to the Delphi technic, and constituted of twenty international individualities with relevant experience in transnational cooperation networks, with the purpose of gathering contributions about accurate future strategies to reach A5 concerning the diagnosis.

4.2.) Creation of two focus groups with Portuguese cultural and creative sector professionals and organisations which will regularly meet along a year to discuss and evaluate a group of proposals concerning A5.



FCT Research Project

A1) Study the main international models of transnational cultural cooperation networks in the European, Lusophone and Ibero-Americam contexts.

A2) Map the existing cultural networks in Portugal.

A3) Analyze the internal and external relationships established in the identified national cultural cooperation networks.

A4) Analyze the communicative process and strategy of the identified national cultural cooperation networks.

A5) Identify and present the conditions to establish a powering environment in order to promote cultural cooperation networks in a national context as well as to the participation of the Portuguese cultural and creative sector professionals and organisations in transnational networks.


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In the last few years, the importance of culture concerning a sustainable development has been underlined and the networks as organizational structures multicentered and characterized by the horizontality of the internal communication system have been seen as one of the exemplar contexts to increase cooperation. Nevertheless, the concurring absence of consistent strategies mainly in what concerns the approach of strategic communication, has allowed the fact that the cultural cooperation networks are not an anchored practice, such that the priorities of the Creative Europe Programme concerning the period of time 2014-2020 keep mentioning the importance of the network to reinforce the European cultural and creative sector.

The networks as models of social organization and the cooperation as a way of social intervention are not contemporary inventions, but one can argue that the technologic revolution which began in the 60s of the 20th century has originated significant changes in the communication processes allowing the rise of a new and dominant social structure, which, though its contradictions, represents a qualitative change in the human experience. This allowed a new dynamics in the globalization process which made inevitable the search for new and brighter strategies to face the effects of glocalization.

The promotion of cultural cooperation networks – formal or informal, local, regional, national or transnational – more than a danger, it should be seen as an opportunity since it can potentiate the widely recognized role that culture can have at local, regional or cross-border sustainable development.

The implementation and participation in networks depends on multiple factors, such as the sense of affinity between those who belong to it or the availability to promote change processes in order to develop improvement programs. Even though, aspects related to the communication and leadership processes and lack of trust between the members of the network have been the biggest obstacles to network cooperation. These may be some of the aspects which allow the understanding of the network in the Portuguese cultural sector in the perspective of the creation of a group of infrastructures and not in the creation of a relationship net; moreover, it can also contribute to the Portuguese participation in transnational cultural cooperation networks can be aligned with to the weak internationalization of the cultural and creative national and European sector professionals.

Due to this, it was considered relevant and important to develop a project which, inspired by the methodologic polytheism and in an articulation between academic concerns and civic intervention present in the Cultural Studies, tries to analyze and intervene on the transnational cultural cooperation networks starting with the Portuguese reality.

FCT Research Project

“Transnational Cultural Cooperation Networks: Portugal European, Lusophone and Ibero-American” is a postdoctoral investigation project supported by FCT concerning the attribution of 2014 Call for PhD Studentships, PhD Studentships in Industry and Post-Doctoral fellowships.

This project intends to increase and qualify the network practice of Portuguese cultural and creative organisations and professionals in the national, European, Lusophone and Ibero-American contexts through the diagnosis of the critical success factors of the communication process in the networks and between networks.

To achieve the announced macro-objective, we have defined five specific aims and four tasks.


Created in July 2015 and rooted in the investigation project Transnational Cultural Cooperation Networks: Portugal European, Lusophone and Ibero-American, this branch appears, firstly, as a tool to sum and relief all the collected material on the cultural networks theme.

In a short distance time, it is expected to transform itself in a reference space in what concerns the scientific promotion and discussion about the management of the transnational cultural networks thematic.