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Dr Orian Brook

Research Fellow


My research focuses on social and spatial inequalities in the creative economy, with a focus on how space and class interact in explaining both cultural participation and creative careers. I am currently an AHRC Creative and Digital Economy Innovation Leadership Fellow. 

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". Our book Culture is Bad for You with Manchester University Press will be published later in 2020.


Prior to academia I worked in marketing and audience research in the cultural sector.


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