The AHRC research network entitled “Beyond the Campus: Connecting Knowledge and Creative Practice Communities across Higher Education and the Creative Economy” (AH/J005800/1) has been established to enhance understanding of how collaborations, partnerships and exchanges are built and to consider how they can have greater impact on the cultural capacity of different places.
The research network aims through systematic analysis to develop a clearer articulation of the relationship between A&H teaching and research and the creative economy, based on data collected through the project, interviews and seminar presentations. Furthermore, the project will also explore international perspectives on the idea of the ‘creative campus’, and in particular the Australian context, in order to understand different approaches and opportunities coming from outside UK.
As Dr Roberta Comunian (Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King's College London) and Dr Abigail Gilmore (Centre for Arts Management and Cultural Policy , University of Manchester) explain, “The network will provide a platform for academics and practitioners to reflect on their work, practice and the impact of their collaborations”. Network activities will generate a collection of case studies, interviews and other resource materials to be collated in an open access knowledge bank designed to reach a broader range of people becoming a shared point of reference when establishing new collaborations.
Activities start on 5th November 2012 with the first research workshop at University of Manchester. The first call for papers will be opened in July.
The research network will include 6 seminars in all taking place between November 2012 and August 2014. There will be a separate call for papers to ask for contributions from academics as well as practitioners and policy makers around the specific topic addressed by each seminar.
In addition, Dr Comunian and Dr Gilmore will compile a literature review of existing research which aims to address the role of knowledge exchange and collaboration across academia and the creative and cultural sector. Case studies, research papers, links, interviews, working papers and policy briefings and other materials will be shared through the research network website www.creative-campus.org.uk which aims to become an open knowledge platform and point to reference for academics and practitioners working in this area.
Dr Comunian and Dr Gilmore will be supported also by a distinguished steering committee including Professor Geoffrey Crossick (University of London), Richard Russell (Arts Council England), Pablo Rossello (British Council), Anamaria Wills (CIDA), Simon Dancey (CCSKills), Jeremy Davenport (Creative Industries KTN), Hasan Bakhshi (NESTA Policy & Research Unit) and Sara Selwood (Independent cultural analyst ).
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