Creative industries research and innovation


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The Creative Industries, the UK's fastest growing economic sector ( includes areas as diverse as advertising, architecture, arts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, R&D, software, toys and games, TV and radio, digital media and video games.

Our Network at Oxford Brookes brings together researchers, professionals, and local communities to share their expertise on this diverse sector. The network builds on the well established research history in various aspects of the Creative Industries, especially through the intersections of different disciplinary perspectives, including subjects such as psychology, built environment, geography, and business.

As a cross-disciplinary and collaborative Network, we explore critical issues and key themes around both local and global dimensions of the Creative Industries.

Creative Industries Festival 2021

Creative Industries Festival promotion: 4 - 17 May 2021

4 - 27 May 2021

This festival brings together practitioners, policy-makes and researchers from a range of sectors to explore how cultural activity can recover from the long period of dormancy enforced by lockdown.  



2 November 2021

Hidden Labor – Women’s Conditions in the Swedish Film Industry

A collaborative event between the Department of Media and Communication (Örebro University) & the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network (Oxford Brookes). This talk argues that women put a lot of labor into dealing with gender injustices in the film industry.


8 December 2021

Abbie M. Mumbi in conversation with Sarah Franklin

Abbie Mumbi is a domestic abuse survivor who has used creative writing to heal and recover from violence and homelessness. Mumbi will discuss her story with Professor Daniela Treveri Gennari and Sarah Franklin.


Mapping Mentoring in the Creative Industries

10 December 2021

Mentoring has become a crucial element of employment practice in the creative industries, nurturing new talent and ensuring that freelancers and businesses survive and thrive. This is especially the case in 2021, as creative enterprise begins to recover from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However mentoring provision can be patchy across the country, with pockets of excellence existing alongside regions where much more could be done.

This innovative research project brings together academic researchers from business studies and the humanities to work directly with national policymakers including Creative UK. Existing mentoring activity across the UK will be recorded, classified and mapped out to provide a clear visual representation of what is already being done across the country, as well as highlighting areas for further development.

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