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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion


Academic research and high-profile campaigns have established that the creative industries have e serious institutional and workforce problems. There are considerable barriers to enter the sector and strong biases towards specific demographic groups. They are, therefore, neither inclusive nor diverse.

Creative PEC research has examined some of the structural inequalities in the creative industries and how we should be addressing them, with a particular focus on class and socioeconomic inequality. Our aim is to continue to produce new research on this topic, industry and policymakers in these new studies and to produce practical guidance and propose system-wide policy solutions.

Publications and Posts

Research Reports
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Social mobility in the creative economy: Rebuilding and levelling up?

This report concludes phase 2 of the PEC‚Äôs ‘Class in the Creative Industries’ programme.‚Ķ

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Screened out: Tackling class inequality in the UK’s screen industries

Our new research, supported by ScreenSkills with BFI funding, calls for change in the Screen sector …

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Part one: Gaps in the evidence base

From presence to prominence: How can computer vision widen evidence base of on-screen representation…

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Part two: A framework for measuring on-screen representation

From presence to prominence: How can computer vision widen evidence base of on-screen representation…

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Part three: An illustrative demo measuring prominence of TV characters

From presence to prominence: How can computer vision widen evidence base of on-screen representation…

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Using computer vision to improve on-screen representation

Explore the research series A series about improving issues of diversity in the characters that we s…

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Getting in and getting on: Class, participation and job quality in the UK’s Creative Industries

Worldwide exports of creative goods exceeded 500 billion USD in 2015, with a 150% increase since 200…

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Creative diversity in higher education

As the APPG for Creative Diversity launches their annual report, ‘Making the Creative Maj‚Ķ

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Class inequality in the Creative Industries is rooted in unequal access to arts and cultural education

There is an incoherence at the heart of government policy. While Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries is…

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What works to support equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Creative Industries?

Inequality is currently a key concern for academics, policymakers, and the public. In the UK we can …

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Rebuilding a more inclusive creative economy

The creative industries currently face unprecedented challenges in the face of COVID-19. The news of…

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Class, COVID-19, and cultural occupations

Yesterday’s publication of the latest DCMS Economic Estimates on Employment during 2‚Ķ

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Getting creative with big data to examine gender inequality

The term ‚Äúbig data‚ÄĚ may bring to mind swaths of private information held by tech companies. But lots‚Ķ

Why is understanding inequality important to understanding the creative economy?

The PEC is a fascinating opportunity to connect a whole range of different research approaches, answ…

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Driving more successful creative industries through diversity and investing in talent

The creative industries, from film and the wider screen industries to design, advertising and the di…

Discussion Papers

In Numbers


of the CIs workforces were from high socio-economic backgrounds, compared to 38% across all industries in 2020 (PEC 2021).

additional working-class people would need to be employed in the CI sector to make it as socio-economically diverse as the rest of the economy (PEC 2021).


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