This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612789


The University of Southern Denmark is a research and educational institution with deep regional roots and an international outlook. The university comprises five faculties – Humanities, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. Approximately 1,200 researchers are employed and approximately 18,000 students are enrolled. SDU is the youngest Danish research university, where research, teaching, communication and transfer of knowledge are grouped into five academic faculties: the Faculty of Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, Health Science and Engineering.

The Department of Business and Economics, part of the Social Science faculty, has chosen a number of strategic research areas. These include: economic history, health economics, game theory, financing and accounting. In these fields, the department has been particularly successful in attracting internationally acknowledged researchers and has established valuable international partnerships. This department is involved in the RICHES project through Karol Jan Borowiecki and his research partners. At the department there is a strong tradition of high-quality research and teaching within the fields of economics and business. This is demonstrated through numerous publications in leading international journals, as well as through the education of highly valued candidates at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. The research covers both theoretical and empirical subjects, but the use of economic theory and quantitative methods are prevalent throughout all research activities. Approximately 70 people from 15 different countries currently work at the department, plus a number of external teachers.



SDU brings to the RICHES project the required skills and experience in conducting high quality applied research based on large databases. This is conducted in accordance with economic theory and by the employment of quantitative methodology, such as mathematics, statistics, econometrics and computer science. At SDU, access to the latest quantitative data analysis software is available, as well as access to various data sets containing records related to cultural heritage and measures of the extent and role of digital technologies. SDU has also the necessary knowledge on European fiscal issues related to cultural heritage as well as public and private support to the arts sector and cultural industries. Influential research on European taxation issues, albeit not related to culture, has been conducted by researchers affiliated with SDU.


Karol Jan Borowiecki (Assistant Professor at the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Southern Denmark),






Trilce Navarrete (Posdoc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark),


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