The Creative Economies Lab is a new multi-disciplinary research team, exploring the broad field of contemporary creative work. Drawn from backgrounds in art and design, economics, geography, media studies, organisational studies, and urban planning, the group is in a formative stage, developing and refining several key strands of activity that explore:
creative clusters, networks and resilient cultural ecologies
value creation in creative production across organisations, networks and geographies
alternative models for learning and working through creative practice
culture-led development and creative placemaking
the relationship between universities and the creative sector
This activity is underpinned by a practice-based research agenda, a collaborative approach to working with cultural partners on evaluation projects, and convening timely and critical discussions on the relationships between creative economies, universities and cities.
Group members also provide evaluation support for several initiatives, such as Watershed’s Creative Producers International programme, and the Network for Creative Enterprise. This evaluative work builds on a values-led diagnostic workshop which helps cultural and creative partners develop meaningful performance indicators and compelling stories of impact based on their core aspirations.
The group builds on a range of recent work including The Creative Hubs report, commissioned by the British Council, Go West!, an exploration of Bristol’s Film and Television Industries, and larger projects such as Bristol and Bath by Design, and REACT.