Prof. Morag Shiach

Director

Director

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

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 microcommunity
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

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.

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