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Introducing the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network 

By Professor Hasan Bakhshi, Director Creative PEC and Professor Giorgio Fazio, Director of Research Creative PEC  

The Creative PEC’s mission is to grow the evidence base and inform policies to support the growth and sustainability of the creative industries. Our research must be dynamic to answer the needs of a fast-changing creative sector, varied given the heterogeneity of the sub-sectors and multidisciplinary reflecting the complexity of the challenges and opportunities they face.  

We are pursuing this mission through a diverse and multi-faceted research portfolio. A research consortium made up of colleagues from Sussex University, Sheffield University, Work Advance as well as from our own institution, Newcastle University, will help provide us with regular quantitative data reporting in the form of our new State of the Nations series (see here for the first of these, on the Geographies of Creativity, which we published in December 2023). We will also publish research from our in-house Research Unit as well as commissioning and co-commissioning research from others.  

We are also excited to introduce the first cohort of our new Creative PEC Research Fellows, where our ambition is to be nothing short of the global network of choice for those conducting excellent empirical research on the creative industries.  Bringing to our audiences nationally and internationally the very best of research on the creative industries, wherever that takes place, we will grow the network to all parts of the world and, importantly, include researchers working in the private, public and third sectors as well as from academia. What binds them together will be the excellence of their research and their relevance to public policy for the creative industries.  

As well as facilitating knowledge exchange through seminars, blogs and discussion papers and smaller thematic research networks, we hope over time the Research Fellows Network will be a catalyst for new international and national research initiatives.  

In this first cohort, we have reached out to leading experts from diverse backgrounds, areas of specialism and parts of the globe. Some are alumni of the Creative PEC from its previous work. We are acutely aware of the need to reach out beyond our existing relationships, and the gaps in representation across geography, identity and thematic specialisms as we cross the starting line. In the coming years we intend to grow the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network to address these gaps strategically, to ensure a truly inclusive and diverse range of perspectives and expertise is supported, amplified and promoted through our research platforms. We have a particular desire to bring on board excellent early-career researchers across the world who are working at the frontiers of creative industries research.  

Today’s launch of the Creative PEC’s Research Fellows Network is a major milestone for the Creative PEC. Coinciding with it we’re delighted to have announced the first four in our series of Creative PEC seminars, all four stellar speakers from our Research Fellows Network.  

Research Fellows Network 

Rupert Oliver Allen

Manager of Economic Analysis, Creative Industries Sector, Department of Canadian Heritage

Simona Iammarino

Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography & Environment of the LSE;

Marlen Komorowski

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the Creative Economy, Cardiff University

David Throsby

Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University

Raquel Ortega-Argiles

Chair of Regional Economic Development at Alliance Manchester Business School

Hye-Kyung Lee

Professor of Cultural Policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s Col…

Jian Lin

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Pier Luigi Sacco

Professor of Biobehavioral Economics, Department of Neuroscience, University of Chieti-Pescara

Diana Marcell Rey Vasque - Creative PEC
Diana Marcela Rey Vásque – Colombia-Canada

Cultural Statistics Expert at UNDP for Saudi Arabia, Associate Researcher at Lado B

Dwinita Larasati

Lecturer and Researcher at Industrial Design Program, FSRD ITB, Indonesia Tita is a product designer…

Roberta Comunian

Professor, Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries King’s College London Roberta …

Anthony Fung

Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Antho…

Avril Joffe

UNESCO Chair, Cultural Entrepreneurship and Policy, and a Research Associate (and former Head of Dep…

Anne Green

Professor of Regional Economic Development at the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-R…

Heidi Ashton

Centre for Culture and Media Policy Studies at the University of Warwick Heidi is a culture and crea…

Cynthia Carter  

Dr, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University Dr Cynthia Carter is Reader in the S…

Rowena Crawford

Manager, Frontier Economics Rowena is an experienced professional economist, passionate about using …

Jun Du

Professor of Economics at Aston Business School Jun Du is Professor of Economics at Aston Business S…

Olivia Gable

Independent Researcher Dr Olivia Gable has a research background in creative industries, cultural po…

Geoffrey Crossick

Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London

Andy Pratt

UNESCO Chair of Global Creative Economy, and Professor of Cultural Economy, City, University of Lond…

Harman Sagger

Head Economist for Culture and Creative Industries (CCI), DCMS

Paul Owens

Co-Founder and Director of BOP Consulting Paul Is Co-Founder and Director of BOP Consulting, an inte…

Trilce Navarrete

Assistant Professor, the Erasmus University, Rotterdam Dr. Trilce Navarrete is a specialist in the e…

Karol J. Borowiecki

Professor of Economics Department of Economics, University of Southern Denmark Professor Karol J. Bo…

Paul Moore

Professor/Director Future Screens NI, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ulster Univer…

Stuart Cunningham       

Professor, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology Stuart Cunningham is D…

Douglas Noonan

Paul H. O'Neill Professor IU Center for Cultural Affairs, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental…

Elisabetta Lazzaro

Professor, Business School for the Creative Industries, University for the Creative Arts

Patrycja Kaszynska

Senior Research Fellow, University of the Arts London Dr Kaszynska is Senior Research Fellow at Univ…

Graeme Evans

Professor Emeritus, Research University of the Arts London

Mark Spilsbury

Research economist Mark has been working on a variety of projects relating to the creative industrie…

Ricky Lawton

Director of Economic Valuation, Public Affairs Evaluation, Ipsos Dr. Ricky Lawton is a Cultural Econ…

Terry Flew

Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney Terry Flew is Professor of …

Jen Snowball

Professor of Economics Department of Economics and Economic History Rhodes University, South Africa …

Jason Potts

Professor, Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University Jason Potts’ work is broadly centred on …

Tom Fleming

Director, TFCC Dr Tom Fleming is a global authority on cultural policy and the creative industries. …

Valentina Montalto

Associate researcher, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Researcher and consultant in policy an…

Joanna Woronkowicz

Associate Professor, Faculty Director, Center for Cultural Affairs, O’Neill School of Public a…

Michael Rushton

Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Michael Rush…

Leandro Valiati

Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries School of Arts Languages and Cult…

Tom Campbell

Consultant and BOP Associate Tom Campbell is a consultant and BOP Associate. Until recently he was H…

Trine Bille

Full Professor, PhD Department of Business Humanities and Law, Copenhagen Business School Trine rece…

Kristofer Erickson

Professor of Social Data Science and Deputy Director for CREATE 

Patrizia Casadei
Patrizia Casadei

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Geography and Environment of the London School o…

Salvatore Di Novo

Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London

Hyojung Sun

Lecturer in the Business of the Creative and Cultural Industries, School of Arts and Creative Techno…

Frank Lyons
Frank Lyons

Dean of Research and Impact in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University

professor Martin Kretschmer speaking at conference
Martin Kretschmer

Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow, and Director of CREATe

Stuart Allan
Stuart Allan

Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

Bruce Tether - Creative PEC
Bruce Tether

Professor of Innovation Management and Strategy at the Alliance Manchester Business School

Monica Masucci - Creative PEC
Monica Masucci

Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy and Marketing at the …

Bartolomeo Meletti - Creative PEC
Bartolomeo Meletti

Creative Director for CREATe at the University of Glasgow

Roberto Camerani - Creative PEC
​Roberto Camerani

Senior Lecturer in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School

Jenny Kidd

Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

​Neil Lee

Professor in Economic Geography at London School of Economics

Abi Gilmore - Creative PEC
Abigail Gilmore

UKRI Policy Fellow on Cultural Placemaking and Levelling Up with Department for Culture Media and Sp…

Max Nathan

Associate Professor, Applied Urban Sciences, UCL

Gillian Doyle

Professor of Media Economics at the University of Glasgow and Director of the Centre for Cultural Po…

Candace Jones - Creative PEC
Candace Jones

Chair of Global Creative Enterprise at the University of Edinburgh Business School

​Philip Schlesinger

Professor at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research and CREATe, Centre for Regulation of the Creati…


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