Professor Ruth Bereson, Dean (Academic) of the Arts, Education and Law Group holds a PhD from the City University London. She researches in the fields of arts management, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, investigating the relationship between governmental policies and their effects on the arts internationally and over time. She also contributes to the field through a wide range of books, edited volumes and articles on arts management and cultural policy and diplomacy. Professor Bereson has served as Founding Director of the Arts Management Program at SUNY Buffalo, Associate Director of TC Columbia University Arts Administration Program, Faculty for the Creative Industries at LaSalle College of the Arts, and Dean of Griffith University. Her professional experience extends to the profit and not for-profit sectors where she has held positions such as General Manager of the Central and Northern Queensland Theatre Company, the first Australian regional touring musical theatre company serving Far North Queensland, Logistics Manager of the Fifth Festival of Pacific Arts in Townsville, and Co-ordinator of an international visual arts exhibition and artist exchange between Australia and Japan.