Dr. Roberta Comunian is Reader in Creative Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King's College London. She is interested in: relationship between public and private investments in the arts, art and cultural regeneration projects, cultural and creative industries, creativity and competitiveness. She has been Marie Curie Fellow at University of Newcastle (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies) investigating the relationship between creative industries, cultural policy and public supported art institutions. She has also undertaken research on knowledge transfer and creative industries within an AHRC Impact Fellowship award at the University of Leeds. She has previously researched the role of higher education in the creative economy and has recently explored in various papers the career opportunities and patterns of creative graduates in UK.
Brian J. Hracs is a lecturer at the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He is interested in how digital technologies and global competition are reshaping the marketplace for cultural products and the working lives and spatial dynamics of entrepreneurs and intermediaries in the creative economy. He has published articles about the contemporary music industry, aesthetic labour, cultural intermediaries, the linkages between music and fashion and the factors that motivate 'talent' to move within and between cities. In 2016 he co-edited a book for Routledge entitled ‘The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age.’ Brian is currently conducting research on curation in the music industry and the trans-local nature of cultural scenes.
Researchers & Collaborators
Ejemen Ojeabulu (African University of Creative Arts) With a Degree in Linguistics and African Languages, and Postgraduate Degrees in Business Administration and Investment Management, Eje has built a successful career in real estate, banking and asset management. An entrepreneur at heart with a passion to see Africa transformed. Eje is a proponent for the Creative Industries and the Creative Economy, and believes in the transformative potential and economic benefits of creativity and innovation. She believes the Creative Economy and Industries is an innovative way for Africans to diversify its dependency on natural resources. She founded the African University of Creative Arts in 2013 as a way of giving something back to the community that so richly invested in her.
Damilola Adegoke is a Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate with the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London. His research seeks to explore the roles and place of Big Data in Security Leadership Decision-making in Crisis Situations. He has a BA in Philosophy and a MSc in Sociology of Development from the University of Ibadan. Damilola also holds a MSc in Security, Leadership and Society from King's College London. He was a Peace, Security and Development Fellow at the African Leadership Centre, King's College London. He taught Africa in International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis at the University of Buea in Cameroon. He is an alumnus of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Brown University, USA.
Other UK partners
Sam Jones (SoundThread) having spent the last 15 years working in the music industry, producing music and developing Grammy, Brit and Mobo award artists from the UK and of late from sub-Saharan Africa. Through this work Sam became increasingly interested in the social, political and economic structures around this work and the people connected. And for many years built recording studios and setup businesses throughout East Africa to help go some way in providing opportunities for artists and musicians. Sam now works as a freelance cultural development consultant, working on large scale cultural infrastructure projects funded mainly by HIVOS and British Council within the creative industries in East Africa setting up non/for-profit organisations. The work of which is embodied by the establishment of SoundThread.