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, 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.