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.

Dr. 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, creative and cultural hubs, and the internationalisation of creative work. Tarek has done work for a number of local, national and international organisations including research institutions and local authorities.

He is Lecturer of Creative Industries at the School of Business and Management (SBM) at Queen Mary University of London where he teaches research methodologies and the creative industries at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Finally, Tarek is co-convener of the new MA in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation at SBM.

Jana Riedel

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Knowledge Exchange Manager

Jana Riedel is Manager of Arts and Culture at Queen Mary University of London, where she also temporarily manages Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy. In her role as Arts and Culture Manager, Jana focuses on the implementation of the arts and cultural strategy and the delivery of arts and cultural engagement activities involving researchers, students, external practitioners, and creative and cultural industries organisations. She is particularly interested in enhancing the visibility and impact of arts and cultural activities at QMUL and to encourage cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary collaboration. In her role as Network’s Knowledge Exchange Manager, Jana oversees the delivery of the Centre’s activities and manages the budget. Jana holds an MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations from QMUL and is currently a Collaborative Doctoral Student from QMUL’s Centre for Anglo-Germany Cultural Relations and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her research is around Prince Albert, the Great Exhibition of 1851 and its Aftermath in the context of Anglo-German Cultural Relations.

Jiun-Yi Wu

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

Knowledge Exchange Coordinator

Jiun-Yi Wu joins Network in 2019.

He is a PhD researcher at the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries, City, University of London. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Department of Sociology, City, University of London. His PhD project looks at cultural and social aspects of clustering of practitioners in cultural and creative sectors. His research interests cover: (1) cultural/creative clusters; (2) mobility of cultural/creative labour; (3) cultural and creative industries policy; (4) cultural and creative industries and creative cities; (5) cultural product design.

Jiun-Yi used to work in the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, and was in charge of a funding project aiming to support micro-scale enterprises and individuals in cultural and creative sectors. He holds a MA degree in design and used to work in interior design and fashion design sectors for a period of time before he came to London.

Liyuan Huang

Master’s Placement Student

Master’s Placement Student

Liyuan Huang is now doing a placement in Network: QMUL’s Centre for the Creative and Cultural Economy, focusing on relationships between universities and creative industries. She studied Management and Accounting at Lanzhou University, China and now she is a student in MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. She is interested in supports that universities can give to creative industries and how research centres within universities can act as consultancies in creative industries. 

Honjing Yan

Master’s Placement Student

Master’s Placement Student

Hongjing Yan is a student researcher of MA in Creative Industries and Arts Organization at the Queen Mary University. She has 1-year experience in education consultancy in the University of California, Irvine. She is mainly interested in the music industry in the UK, such as, music education, music marketing, music charity and music festivals. Her current research topic is how a community music festival organize and make impact on the local; Additionally, she has worked on a research about education institutions can get involved effectively and creatively in the development of the creative and cultural economy. For example, how university research center is changing its role in the creative and cultural industries. As an international student researcher, she is looking forward to creative and effective international cooperations in the field of creative and culture economy. 

Prof. Leandro Valiati

Visiting Professor in the Economy of Culture

Visiting Professor in the Economy of Culture

Professor of Economics and International Relations at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Visiting Professor and Researcher at Queen Mary University of London (UK) and University Paris 13 (Sorbonne – France) – Labex-ICCA. Career Highlights:  (1)Endorsed as Exceptional Talent and Global Leadership by British Academy – UK (2018). (2)Advisor in Cultural Industries for Brazil’s Ministry of Culture, UNESCO, Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and AHRC-UK. Coordinator of Centre of Studies in Cultural and Creative Economy (NECCULT – UFRGS). (3)Under my leadership, NECCULT-UFRGS has developed: 5 international joint research agreements; 5 national agreements; 10 research projects, 6 international conferences; 12 books and an electronic platform. (4)Coordinated the establishment and operation of international agreements with the University of Valencia (Spain), Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Queen Mary University of London (UK), Labex ICCA of Paris 13 University – Sorbonne (France) and University of Turim (Italy). (5)Principal and co-investigator in international academic researches funded by AHRC (UK), ESCR (UK), Ministry of Culture of France and Newton Funding (UK).  (6)Awarded with Newton Advanced Fellowship by the British Academy (2018-2019 Round). (7)International lecturer at: Argentina, Brazil, Colômbia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and UK.    


Dr. Karina Poli

Visiting Researcher

Visiting Researcher

Karina Poli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Arts and Communication School on the University of São Paulo with support by FAPESP (2018) . Her research covers issues as European and Latin American Cultural Policy, Creative Economy and Creative Hubs, Cultural Tourism, Heritage and Arts Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at the Arts and Communication School – ( ECA) of the University of São Paulo – USP (2016), and she has a master’s degree by the same institution (2003).  She has worked as a cultural producer with different cultural groups (2009-2014) and was project director for the São Paulo Music Cooperative (2010-2014).  She is lecturer at the Centers of Latin American Studies on Communication and Culture – CELLAC  at  the ECA – USP (2019) where teaches  Creative Industries and Cultural Marketing postgraduate level.  

Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns

Research Collaborator

Research Collaborator

Prof. Davi Nakano

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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