People

Meet the core team, the researchers from our consortium of universities, our Industry Champions, and International Council.

Core team Researchers Industry Champions Global Creative Economy Council

This page is the process of being updated as the Creative PEC moves to new co-hosts Newcastle University and the RSA. Below you can see the researchers we worked with during the first iteration of the PEC 2018 - 2023.

Meet the PEC's Industry Champions: a UK-wide network of trusted practitioners, drawn from all parts of the creative industries. The group provide the PEC with guidance on industry’s most pressing challenges, expert insight to inform our research, and critical feedback on our policy recommendations.

The Global Creative Economy Council (GCEC) grew out of the PEC International Council that was working in the first stage of Creative PEC, from 2018-2023. Learn more about the work of the International Council.

The GCEC brings together academics, practitioners, policy professionals and investors from five continents to identify and discuss emerging trends of global significance in creative economy practice and policy. In particular, it aims to provide inclusive perspectives on global policy issues that span both Global South and Global North, and consider ideas for transnational policies and standards. Supported by PEC Creative and the British Council, it contributes to the work of both organisations by providing targeted insights and related research.

Current Researchers:

Heather Carey

Director of Work Advance

Heather Carey is Director of Work Advance, where she provides research and advisory support with a particular focus on inclus...

Lesley Giles

Director of Work Advance

Lesley Giles is Director of Work Advance, where she undertakes analysis and evaluation, and provides policy advice around wor...

Dr Jonathan Jones

Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University Business School

Jonathan Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Newcastle University Business School and a Research Lead in the Internati...

​Dr Sara Maioli

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Director of Post-Graduate Research at Newcastle University Business School

Dr Sara Maioli is an applied economist with expertise in firm-level data. Her research interests relate to applying micro-eco...

Dr Siobhan McAndrew

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield

Siobhan McAndrew is Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheff...

​Professor Dave O’Brien

Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries at The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at The University of Manchester

Dr Dave O’Brien is Chancellor's Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries, based in the School of History of Art at the Univ...

Dr Sawan Rathi

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

Dr Sawan Rathi is working as a Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral) at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Susse...

Professor Jonathan Sapsed

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School

Professor Jonathan Sapsed is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Newcastle University Business School. He was Pri...

Dr Josh Siepel

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

Josh Siepel is Senior Lecturer at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School. He is ...

Dr Mark Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield

Mark Taylor is Research Lead for Arts, Culture and Heritage at Creative PEC, and Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at t...

Alumni and Associates:

Professor Stuart Allan

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

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism and Communication in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff Universit...

Dr Victoria Barker

Research Associate for the PEC at the University of Manchester

Victoria is Research Associate for Creative Industries Policy and Evidence at the University of Manchester; researching polic...

​Martha Bloom

Researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex

Martha Bloom is a Researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex. After graduating with a BA in ...

Claudia Burger

Policy Insights Manager

Claudia was the Policy Insights Manager for the PEC where she produced briefing notes and insights for the consortium and wid...

​Dr Roberto Camerani

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

Dr Roberto Camerani is Research Fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies...

Dr Patrizia Casadei

Research Fellow in Innovation and the Creative Industries in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex Business School

Dr Patrizia Casadei is a Research Fellow in Innovation and the Creative Industries in the Science Policy Research Unit at the...

Dr Tom Chivers

Research Associate

Dr Tom Chivers is a Research Associate with Cardiff University, working with the PEC's ‘Public Value in Arts, Culture and Pub...

Dr James Davies

Research Fellow, City-REDI, University of Birmingham

James Davies joined City-REDI in November 2021 as a Research Fellow. His work is focused on the regional impacts of creative ...

John Davies

Principal Data Scientist at Nesta

John Davies is the Principal Data Scientist Nesta. He works on the interface of economics and data analysis, particularly in ...

Dr Salvatore Di Novo

Research Associate at Newcastle University

Dr Salvatore Di Novo is a Research Associate at Newcastle University. His research has focused on industrial organisation, in...

Professor Gillian Doyle

Professor of Media Economics at the University of Glasgow and Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research

Professor Gillian Doyle is Professor of Media Economics at the University of Glasgow and Director of the Centre for Cultural ...

​Dr Diana Gutierrez Posada

Research Fellow at City REDI at the University of Birmingham

Dr Diana Gutierrez Posada became a member of City-REDI in January 2019. She is a quantitative researcher specialising in Regi...

​Rebecca Florisson

Policy Analyst at the Work Foundation

Rebecca Florisson is a Policy Analyst at the Work Foundation. Among other projects, she is supporting implementation of the S...

Ula Furgal

Research Associate at CREATe, University of Glasgow

Ula Furgal is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre at the University of Glasgow....

Dr Olivia Gable

Policy Analyst at the Work Foundation

Olivia Gable is a Policy Analyst at the Work Foundation, where she is supporting the PEC's area of work in Skills, Talent and...

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Director of Innovation Mapping at Nesta

Juan Mateos-Garcia is Director of Innovation Mapping at Nesta, where he leads a team using novel data sources and analytical ...

​Dr Abigail Gilmore

Senior Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy and Head of the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester

Dr. Abigail Gilmore is Senior Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy and Head of the Institute for Cultural Practice...

Professor Anne Green

Professor of Regional Economic Development at City REDI at the University of Birmingham

Professor Anne Green is Professor of Regional Economic Development at City-REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute) at ...

Professor Candace Jones

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

Professor Candace Jones is the Chair of Global Creative Enterprise at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She receiv...

Dr Jenny Kidd

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

Dr Jenny Kidd is Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University. Jenny researches in th...

Dr Tasos Kitsos

Research Fellow at City REDI at the University of Birmingham

Dr Tasos Kitsos is an economist specialising in regional research with interests on regional resilience; the creative and dig...

Professor Martin Kretschmer

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

Professor Martin Kretschmer (LLM LSE, PhD UCL) is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow, and Di...

​Dr Neil Lee

Associate Professor in Economic Geography at London School of Economics

Dr Neil Lee is an Associate Professor in Economic Geography at London School of Economics, where he is Director of the MSc in...

Raphael Leung

Data Science Fellow at Nesta

Raphael is a data science fellow at Nesta, where he uses data science methods to study the creative economy. His work include...

Professor Frank Lyons

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

Professor Frank Lyons is Dean of Research and Impact in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University. He has dev...

Dr Matt Lyons

Research Fellow at City REDI, University of Birmingham

Matt Lyons is an economist specialising in sub-regional economic modelling. He has recently submitted his PhD at Cardiff Univ...

​Dr Monica Masucci

Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Strategy and Marketing at the University of Sussex

Dr Monica Masucci is a Lecturer in Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Strategy and Marketing at the Universit...

Dr Eva Nieto McAvoy

Research Associate at the School for Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

Dr Eva Nieto McAvoy works as a Research Associate at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (J...

Bartolomeo Meletti

Creative Director for CREATe at the University of Glasgow

Bartolomeo Meletti works as Creative Director for CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre (University of Glasgow...

Professor Paul Moore

Director of Future Screens NI (a part of AHRC's Creative Industries Clusters Programme) and a Co-Director of Ulster University's Creative Industries Institute

Professor Paul Moore joined the University of Ulster in 1999 and has since been active in the development of the creative art...

Dr Max Nathan

Associate Professor, Applied Urban Sciences, UCL

Dr Max Nathan is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences, UCL, and is a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Lo...

Dr Caitriona Noonan

Lecturer in Media and Communication in the School for Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University

Dr Caitriona Noonan is lecturer in Media and Communication in the School for Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff Univers...

Professor Raquel Ortega-Argile

Chair of Regional Economic Development at City REDI at the University of Birmingham

Professor Raquel Ortega-Argile holds the Chair of Regional Economic Development at City REDI Institute at the University of B...

Rebecca Riley

Business Development Director of City REDI at the University of Birmingham

Rebecca Riley is the Business Development Director of City-REDI and leads on all consultancy services and operational deliver...

Richard Sambrook

Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University

Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University. He began his car...

​Professor Philip Schlesinger

Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of CREATe

Professor Philip Schlesinger is Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Visiting Professor in Media and...

​Dr Cath Sleeman

Quantitative Research Fellow, Creative Economy & Data Analytics at Nesta

Dr Cath Sleeman is the Quantitative Research Fellow at Nesta. Her work shows new insights from novel sources of big data, suc...

Dr Hyojung Sun

Research Associate in Creative Industries in the School of Arts and Humanities, Ulster University

Dr Hyojung Sun is a Research Associate in creative industries at Ulster University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher, w...

Professor Bruce Tether

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

Professor Bruce Tether is Professor of Innovation Management and Strategy at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) w...

Dr Jorge Velez-Ospina

Research Fellow in Innovation and Creative Industries

Dr Jorge Velez-Ospina is a Research Fellow in Innovation and Creative Industries in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) a...

Dr Wessel Vermeulen

Lecturer in Macroeconomics at Newcastle University Business School

Dr Wessel Vermeulen is a Lecturer in Economics at Newcastle University Business School. He is an applied economist working on...

Xiaoren Wang

Postdoc research associate at CREATe

Xiaoren Wang is a postdoc research associate at CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre at the University of Gla...

​Melanie Wilkes

Policy Advisor at the Work Foundation

Melanie Wilkes is a Policy Advisor at the Work Foundation and has extensive experience in research and policy development. Sh...