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My research focuses on social and spatial inequalities in the creative economy, particularly how space and class interact are implicated in both cultural participation and creative careers. I am an AHRC Creative and Digital Economy Innovation Leadership Fellow, exploring how places can shapes social disparities in cultural consumption; dual jobholding and precarity in creative careers; and the relationship between racially minoritised audiences and White-run venues. 

My doctorate at the University of St Andrews used spatial modelling of cultural participation to explore how access to cultural opportunities (such as museums and performing arts venues) intersects with education and ethnicity, in particular, in explaining attendance at these venues. More recently I have been exploring social mobility in the creative economy, in a mixed methods project which used both the ONS Longitudinal Study of England and Wales and 235 semi-structured interviews with creative workers, and worked with colleagues to deliver the report "Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries". I am co-author of the book Culture is Bad for You with Manchester University Press.

Prior to academia I worked in marketing and audience research in the cultural sector, and I hold an undergraduate degree in Music with Russian from the University of Nottingham.


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