Elisabetta Lazzaro is cultural economist and Professor of Creative Economy at HKU.

Elisabetta Lazzaro is Professor of Creative Economy at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. She has formerly been professor of cultural economics at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA and at Padua University, Italy.

She holds a PhD in Economics jointly from the Free University of Brussels and Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University, a Master in Economics & Culture from Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University, a BA in Economics and Management from Ca’ Foscari Venice University, together with other degrees and fellow studies in economics and the arts in Europe, USA and Australia.

Prof. Lazzaro’s publications, research and teaching focuses on economics, management and policy analysis and design of the arts, culture and creative industries. This includes smart valorisation, innovation and growth in and through the cultural and creative industries (CCIs). Her research includes cultural and creative entrepreneurship, sustainable business models and financing, creative crossovers, CCI impact and regional development, the art market, cultural practices, diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion, CCI impact and capacity building of culture, culture in international cooperation and external relations.

Prof. Lazzaro is regularly invited as keynote speaker and lecturer in many universities and symposia worldwide. In her field experience Prof. Lazzaro has assisted as a special adviser in scientific and steering committees of major international, European and national institutions, governments and projects.

She is Member of the Executive Board of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI).