Researchers at Telemark Research Institute are working within a various and broad specter of topics. Common for most projects, are the close ties between the academic perspectives and the need for applicable knowledge of decision-makers at different levels. Culture and cultural policy research has a long tradition at Telemark Research Institute. Research in the area of culture, with an emphasis on cultural policy analysis, has been a core theme from the founding of the institute.
Ole Marius Hylland is a cultural historian, educated from the University of Oslo. He majored in folklore studies and wrote his doctoral thesis in cultural history about public education in the 1800s. Has worked as a lecturer at the University of Oslo and as a senior advisor at ABM-utvikling (Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority). Hylland is currently working at Telemark Research Institute. His research interests include the ideology, rhetoric and history of cultural policy, public education and popular culture. Hylland has written a number of evaluations of different cultural policy projects, especially within the fields of performing arts, art for children and museology. He has written a number of articles on different topics in cultural policy and cultural history, including articles on the topic of bad quality in the arts, and on the term intrinsic value. He has also written, co-written and edited several books on cultural policy, including Aesthetics and Politics (Palgrave, 2018).