Upcoming research, industry and policy events from the PEC.

Creative industries revisited: contestable narratives, industrial strategy and the research agenda

We are co-hosting a Seminar with the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), from Goldsmiths, University of London.

It has been 21 years since the DCMS, under the leadership of the then Secretary of State Chris Smith, introduced the first creative industries ‘mapping document’. Not only has this proved to be a brilliant exercise in political marketing, transforming the political perception of the creative industries in the wider economy, it has also become a significant export in its own right with scores of countries around the world adopting variations of this basic classification methodology. Many countries regard the UK as world leading in this field of policy-making.

The DCMS’s mapping documents, subsequently revised in 2007, have also proved controversial however, especially but not only within the academy. The controversy is about culture, technology, ideology, measurement and boundaries. It is now also about industrial strategy. This was highlighted in March 2018 when for the first time the creative industries were formally acknowledged as a priority sector and accorded a dedicated ‘sector deal’ by the government, with some £100m of public funding attached.

The biggest element in the ‘sector deal’ which is especially relevant to universities, is the Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP). This finding supports nine ‘creative R&D’ clusters, university-led but operating in partnership with the private sector, alongside the PEC.

This event will provide an opportunity to review the current state of the creative industries, the narratives and policies associated with them, the significance of the new Sector Deal and to learn more about the PEC. Dr Martin Smith, ICCE Visiting Fellow will open this event, both Martin and Hasan Bakhshi (Director of the PEC and Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics at Nesta) will discuss the issues raised.

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Event Date - 11/12/2019

Location - Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths College, 80 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

Call for papers for an upcoming Seminar Series from the PEC and King's College London

We have co-organised a Seminar Series with King's College London's Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) and Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies (DISCE). Taking place at King's College London in the Spring 2020, the four research seminars will explore emerging issues and research challenges in the creative industries.

Call for papers

We welcome innovative research papers for inclusion in the programmes. The papers might include new methodological approaches or new data sources or provide new theoretical insights. The submission deadline for papers for the first and second Seminars is 18th November 2019 and for the third and fourth Seminars is 5th January 2020. Please send research papers (between 5,000 and 9,000 words) for consideration to Dr Tamsyn Dent at and for more information, please download the call for papers.

Seminar Series

  • Seminar 1: Creative and cultural ecologies: mapping and understanding -1:00-6:00pm on 22nd January 2020 at Anatomy Museum, King’s College London
  • Seminar 2: Understanding the Value of Creative Arts Higher Education - 1:00-6:00pm on 5th February 2020 at Anatomy Museum, King’s College London
  • Seminar 3: Creative work and gender: barriers and activism - 1:00-6:00pm on 4th March 2020 at River Room, King’s College London
  • Seminar 4: Creative industries and intersectional barriers: class, race and place - 1:00-6:00pm on 29th April 2020 at Anatomy Museum, King’s College London
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Event Date - 06/12/2019

Location - King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS