Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

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cand.polit., PhD

Room: POR/18.B-3.133a
E-mail: tbi.mpp@cbs.dk

Trine Bille received her PhD degree from University of Copenhagen, Department of Economics in 1996. She is an economist with an interest in arts and culture, making cultural economics and policy her main research areas. She has published more than 100 books and articles in a variety of outlets. Her work is published in the leading scientific journals of her research field, e.g. Journal of Cultural Economics and International Journal of Cultural Policy, and general leading journals in social science, e.g. Work, Employment and Society, Economics Letters, Kyklos, Applied Economics and European Planning Studies, as well as book chapters in books published at leading publishers as Routledge, Elsevier Science and Edward Elgar Publishing, including Handbook of the Economics of Arts and Culture (Series Handbook of Economics, Elsevier Science). Her work has been cited by leading scholars in cultural economics, including Bruno S. Frey, Mark Blaug, David Throsby, Michael Hutter and Ruth Towse. She has been elected as the coming president of ACEI, the Association of Cultural Economics International (the leading academic association of the field) from 2018. She is often a keynote speaker at conferences, and she is often used as consultant and advisor, for e.g. The Royal Danish Theater, The Danish Ministry of Culture, and the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.  

She has to a large extent been responsible for development and management of study programs at CBS. She is currently Program Director and head of the study board for the cand. soc. programs at CBS, covering 6 study programs and a total student population of about 900 students. 2017-18 she has been responsible for the development of the joint MSc study program in Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship (cand.soc. SDE), which is a collaboration between Copenhagen Business School and The Royal Danish Academy, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. She was head of the program 2018-2020. She has been the Program Director and head of the study board for BSc Business Administration and Service Management 2008 – 2016 and developed the program to cover 3 concentration areas: Arts and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, and Service and Innovation.

Primary research areas
  • Cultural economics / The economics of the arts
  • Cultural entrepreneurship
  • Cultural policy
  • Creative industries and experience economy
  • Urban and regional development
  • Economic valuation
Administrative tasks

Program director for the cand.soc. programs

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  • Responsible for the development and manager of a new MSc study program (cand.soc.) in Strategic Design and Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between Copenhagen Business School and KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
  • Member of Study Board and coordinator of the Arts and Culture concentration at BSc Business Administration and Service Management
  • Course coordinator and teacher: "Cultural Economics and Politics", BSc Business Administration and Service Management"
  • Numerous Master theses and Bachelor theses. Different study programmes at CBS.
  • Current PhD supervision: Hanna Nyborg Storm and Kasper Skou Arendt

Selected publications


  1. Bille, Trine and Hanna Storm (2021): Local development policy: Do new cultural houses have an impact on migration? The case of Norway, European Planning Studies (forthcoming)
  2. Baldin, Andrea and Trine Bille (2021): Who is an artist? Heterogeneity and professionalism among visual artists, Journal of Cultural Economics
  3. Alacovska, Ana and Trine Bille (2020): A heterodox re-reading of creative work: The diverse economies of Danish visual artists, Work, Employment and Society
  4. Bille, Trine; Anna Mignose and Ruth Towse (ed.) (2020): Teaching Cultural Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, Series: Teaching Economics
  5. Bille, Trine (2020): Artists’ labour markets, In: Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarette (ed.): A Handbook on Cultural Economics, Edward Elgar
  6. Baldin, Andrea, Trine Bille, Andrea Ellero and Daniela Favaretto (2018): Multiobjective optimization model for pricing and seat allocation problem in non-profit arts organizations, Journal of Cultural Economics, vol. 42, no.4, pp 677-700

New reports about the conditions for visual arts in Denmark published November 22, 2018 (in Danish):

Publications sorted by:
Trine Bille / Cultural Values in Political Economy, edited by J. P. Singh
In: International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1.2022, p. 127-130
Book review > peer review
Trine Bille / Love and Economic Development
In: Nature Human Behavior, Vol. 6, No. 4, 4.2022, p. 483-484
Comment/debate > peer review
Trine Bille / Where Do We Stand Today? : An Essay on Cultural Policy in Denmark.
In: Cultural Policy in the Nordic Welfare States: Aims and Functions of Public Funding for Culture. . ed. /Sakarias Sokka. Copenhagen : Nordic Council of Ministers 2022, p. 20-40 (Nord, No. 05, Vol. 2022) (Nordisk kulturfakta, No. 01, Vol. 2022)
Book chapter > peer review
Ana Alacovska; Trine Bille / A Heterodox Re-reading of Creative Work : The Diverse Economies of Danish Visual Artists.
In: Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 35, No. 6, 12.2021, p. 1053-1072
Journal article > peer review
Trine Bille / Kreativ nærings samfunnsøkonomiske verdier
In: Kreativ næring: Lokale, digitale og økonomiske perspektiver. . ed. /Anne-Britt Gran; Bjørn Eirik Olsen. Oslo : Universitetsforlaget 2021, p. 25-39
Book chapter > peer review
Trine Bille; Hanna Nyborg Storm / Local Development Policy : Do New Culture Houses have an Impact on Migration? The Case of Norway.
In: European Planning Studies, Vol. 29, No. 8, 8.2021, p. 1556-1577
Journal article > peer review
Trine Bille; Sidsel Kjems / Mapping Church Economy in the Nordic Countries, England and Scotland : A Comparative Analysis.
In: Nordisk Kulturpolitisk Tidskrift, Vol. 24, No. 1, 11.6.2021, p. 78-92
Journal article > peer review
Trine Bille / Mapping the Art Market in Denmark
In: Researching Art Markets: Past, Present and Tools for the Future. . ed. /Elisabetta Lazzaro; Nathalie Moureau; Adriana Turpin. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 126-138 (Routledge Research in the Creative and Cultural Industries)
Book chapter > peer review
Trine Bille / Teater- og museumsvaner før og under covid-19
København : Kulturministeriet 2021, 25 p.
Andrea Baldin; Trine Bille / Who Is an Artist? : Heterogeneity and Professionalism among Visual Artists.
In: Journal of Cultural Economics, Vol. 45, No. 4, 12.2021, p. 527-556
Journal article > peer review
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Outside activities
  • Norsk Kulturråd, 2014-:  Medlem af FoU udvalget
  • Norsk Forskningsråd, 2019-: Medlem af porteføljestyret for Velfærd, Kultur og Samfund
  • Norsk Forskningsråd, 2014 - 2019: Medlem af programstyret for forskningsprogrammet KULMEDIA
  • Myndigheden for Kulturanalys og Kulturanalys Norden, Sverige, 2016-: Medlem af det videnskabelige råd
  • Udviklingsplatformen for Scenekunst, 2018-: Bestyrelsesmedlem
  • ROMU, Museerne i Roskilde, Frederikssund og Lejre, 2018-: Bestyrelsesmedlem
  • Kulturministeriet og Danmarks Statistik, 2018–: Medlem af advisory board for kulturstatistik
  • Kulturdepartementet, Norge, 2019: Medlem af metodeudvalget for fremtidige kunstnerundersøgelser
  • Telemarksforskning, 2019: Konsulent på opgaven: Internationalt sammenligningsgrundlag for statslige incitamenter og korrektiver i norsk kunstnerpolitik
  • Rambøll Management, 2019: Konsulent på markedsanalyse vedr. Fredericia Musical Teater
  • Århus Universitet, 2018: Bidrag til RethinkIMPACT, evalueringen af Århus kulturhovedstad 2017
  • Kulturministeriet og Danmarks Statistik, 2018: Medlem af ekspertgruppe vedr. fremtidige kulturvaneundersøgelser
  • ROSA, Dansk Rock Samråd, 2020-: Bestyrelsesmedlem