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James Davies

James Davies

James Davies joined City-REDI in November 2021 as a Research Fellow. His work is focused on the regional impacts of creative clusters, with particular interest given to the interactions between the clusters themselves, and higher education institutions both in and around them. The project aims to use the creative clusters in the West Midlands and Cardiff City Region as a basis for comparison. His research interests centre around the Creative and Cultural Industries, including creative industry employment and recruitment, organisational change and fragmentation, negotiation of industrial boundaries and processes of recruitment.

James completed his PhD in labour market entry in the UK TV industry at Cardiff University in 2021. His research, funded by an ESRC scholarship, explores the patterns of recruitment and labour market entry through the accounts of young and recent freelance workers in UK TV. James has a MSc, also from Cardiff University, in which he explored the viability of crowdfunding business models for artists in the music industry, from the perspective of those who contributed. Additionally, James taught undergraduate tutorials in Cardiff Business School on the institution’s Business and Management course.Ben is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of immersive content studio Megaverse which specialise in creating bespoke, platform native and interactive digital experiences. He is also a co-founder of Immerse Sheffield which is a meet-up for anyone interested in XR technologies within the Sheffield City Region. Ben is a specialist visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University for XR related modules and is passionate about synthesising new forms of storytelling through the convergence of disciplines like theatre, film and gaming. He is also part of the Royal Shakespeare digital cohort and is the resident creative technologist at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Most recently Ben has been part of the Creative XR 2019 cohort delivered by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England, as well as part of Nesta’s 2019 Amplified programme.


Research Fellows

‚ÄčPhilip Schlesinger

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

Candace Jones - Creative PEC
Candace Jones

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

Gillian Doyle

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

Max Nathan

Associate Professor, Applied Urban Sciences, UCL

Abi Gilmore - Creative PEC
Abigail Gilmore

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

‚ÄčNeil Lee

Professor in Economic Geography at London School of Economics

Jenny Kidd

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

Roberto Camerani - Creative PEC
‚ÄčRoberto Camerani

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

Bartolomeo Meletti - Creative PEC
Bartolomeo Meletti

Creative Director for CREATe at the University of Glasgow

Monica Masucci - Creative PEC
Monica Masucci

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

Bruce Tether - Creative PEC
Bruce Tether

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

Stuart Allan
Stuart Allan

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

professor Martin Kretschmer speaking at conference
Martin Kretschmer

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

Frank Lyons
Frank Lyons

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

Hyojung Sun

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

Salvatore Di Novo

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

Patrizia Casadei
Patrizia Casadei

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

Kristofer Erickson

Professor of Social Data Science and Deputy Director for CREATE 

Trine Bille

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

Tom Campbell

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

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