Robert Palmer

Director, Robert Palmer Consultants, London, United Kingdom

Robert Palmer is an independent consultant who works internationally on a wide range of cultural projects in the areas of cultural policy and strategy, organisational development, festivals and events, the creative economy and issues related to cultural policy and strategy, cultural rights and the cultural development of cities. He was formerly the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage for the Council of Europe based in Strasbourg, France (2006-2013).

Prior to joining the Council of Europe, Robert Palmer had worked in the cultural sector for more than 30 years, and including was an adviser to several cities and regions concerning cultural development and regeneration, cultural tourism, festivals and arts policies. He advises UNESCO, European Commission and many different European Cultural Institutes and cultural networks on cultural matters.

Robert Palmer was the Director of two European Capitals of Culture (Glasgow and Brussels), published a report for the European Commission evaluating 40 European Capitals of Culture, was the Chair of the European Jury that selects European Capitals of Culture, and has advised many cities that have received the ECoC designation, including Leeuwarden (2018), Matera (2019), Plovdiv (2019) and Galway (2020). He is the author of the book “Eventful Cities Cultural Management and Urban Regeneration” and a wide range of articles and other publications.