Creative United is proud to announce that Dr Victoria Barker has been awarded the 2019 EGRG PhD Thesis Prize
Supported by Creative United and the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University, Victoria Barker’s thesis focused on recent cultural policy debates around the concept of ‘creative ecosystem’.
Whilst ‘ecosystem’ is popular both as a metaphor and emerging framework for regional growth and innovation, to date it has not been used as a reliable tool to map any industry sector.
Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive of Creative United, said “The approach Victoria has taken to mapping the creative ecosystem will be of particular interest and relevance to developing infrastructure and policies that support ‘culture’, and the civic role of arts within that context. We’re supporting the publication of the key concepts, issues and findings of Victoria’s research as a means of ensuring that this work is shared and understood as widely as possible.”
Victoria Barker said, “I am delighted to receive this prize for my thesis, and am looking forward to attending the RGS Annual International Conference in August to thank the EGRG committee. Excellent supervision from CBiS and the support of Creative United have made my thesis a valuable piece of research, which is already leading to collaborative work with local policymakers in my current post-doctoral role.”