About Network

NETWORK recognises the importance of strong and sustainable partnerships with the creative economy. It has been built on QMUL’s existing creative economy networks established through Creativeworks London, through London Creative and Digital Fusion, and through research activities in its School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, School of Geography, School of English and Drama, School of Business and Management, and People’s Palace Projects. Partners from these established networks are participating in a range of NETWORK projects, workshops, and collaborations.


NETWORK has the capacity and the experience to support the development of cross-disciplinary approaches to pressing challenges within the creative economy.


NETWORK can bring particular experience and expertise to collaboration, co-created research, and the support of creative-economy innovation in East London and the Thames Estuary.


NETWORK will build new partnerships, helping researchers and creative economy business that could  benefit from collaborating to find each other.


NETWORK is committed to working in close partnership with Schools, with relevant Centres and professional services teams across QMUL.


NETWORK aims are to:


  • Provide leadership for the further development of work with, on, and for the creative economy at QMUL.
  • Increase the number of high-quality partnerships (local, national, and international), and support network-building focussed on the creative economy.
  • Engage closely with relevant policymakers in the design, implementation, and dissemination of research on the creative economy.
  • Provide support for research grant applications related to creative economy, and share approaches and outcomes from funded projects.
  • Build the profile and reputation of QMUL and its partners through conferences, workshops, seminars, working papers, policy papers and other publications.
  • Promote interdisciplinary research, KE, and educational activities related to the creative economy at QMUL.
  • Promote engagement and collaboration with creative organisations in East London and beyond.

Our Team

Prof. Morag Shiach


Morag Shiach is Professor of Cultural History in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, where she also directs Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy. She studied at the University of Glasgow, McGill University, Montreal, and the University of Cambridge, where her doctorate was supervised by Professor Raymond Williams. Her books include: (co-edited with Tarek E Virani) Cultural Policy, Innovation and the Creative Economy: Creative Collaborations in Arts and Humanities Research); Modernism, Labour and Selfhood in British Literature and Culture, 1890-1930 (2004); The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel; and Discourse on Popular Culture: Class, Gender and History in Cultural Analysis 1730 to the Present; Her current research is on language reform in the early twentieth century, knowledge exchange with the creative economy, and marginal modernisms. From 2012-17 she was Director of Creativeworks London, a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Tarek Virani

Deputy Director

Tarek Virani is Deputy Director of Network. His research spans a number of areas within the creative and cultural economy including: the role of knowledge in the creative and cultural economy, cultural policy, artistic knowledge within locally bounded artistic communities, new work spaces in the creative and cultural economy, the role of micro-community engagement in culture-led regeneration, the role of the creative and cultural economy intermediary, the link between the creative industries and local development, and the internationalisation of creative work. Tarek also consults on the creative and cultural economy and has done work for a number of local, national and international organisations including research institutions and local authorities. He is also Associate Lecturer at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London where he teaches research methodologies and the creative industries. Finally, Tarek is assisting with the development of two new Master's degrees being delivered at the School of Business and Management: MA in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation and MA in Heritage Management.

André Piza

Knowledge Exchange Manager

André Piza is a project manager and theatre practitioner, with several years’ experience in the arts and higher education industries. Originally a graduate in Journalism from University of São Paulo, he ran his film production company for four years before joining Ágora Teatro as resident director. In São Paulo, he undertook local research for BBC Bristol, and produced documentaries and feature films. In 2012, he graduated from the MA in Theatre Directing at RADA and shortly afterwards, began working with People’s Palace Projects, a QMUL arts research centre with which he still collaborates, managing international collaborations and conducting research in the creative economy. As a theatre practitioner, André has collaborated with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Battersea Arts Centre and Contact Theatre Manchester. He is also a trustee of CASA Festival, London’s Latin American Theatre Festival.