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Who we are

We support blue-sky research and development while helping to augment existing projects and find new avenues for enterprise and industry partnerships.

The creative industries offer multiple opportunities for researchers, students, and practitioners to work together with industry to tackle the problems that face society today. In 2017, the UK government reported that the creative industries contributed £92b to the UK economy, and the South West region continues to have the highest productivity rates across the sector. Our recent major funding successes are enabling multiple high-value R&D projects to take place, making CCCI a key contributor to this dynamic and growing cluster.

From historians to performers, writers to technologists, designers to educators, psychologists to artists, the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI) supports innovation across the University. CCCI works across the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Art and Design, Bath Business School, and the Institute for Education, providing a home for scholars and practitioners whose research engages with the cultural and creative industries.

In tandem with that, CCCI also provides a conduit for the creative and cultural industries to engage with our research, facilitating dynamic pathways for knowledge exchange between the University and industry regionally, nationally, and internationally. Building on the University's excellence in practice-based and creative research, the Centre links academic research, creative practice, and industry in developing commercial and cultural opportunities that directly benefit a broad community of interests now and in the future.

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CCCI People

Membership of CCCI is open to all Bath Spa University research staff and to individuals within partner universities and the creative industries. We welcome members at all stages of their career. If you would like to join, contact us at CCCI@bathspa.ac.uk.

Centre Director

Professor Kate Pullinger writes fiction. Her most recent work, a ghost story for the smartphone that personalises itself to every reader, Breathe, was a collaboration with Editions at Play and the Ambient Literature Research Project. As Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI), Kate Pullinger is co-investigator on the South West Creative Technology Network, a 3 year, £6.5m project (2018-2021) funded by Research England. She is also co-investigator on the Bristol + Bath Creative Research and Development Partnership, a 4.5 year, £9m AHRC-funded creative industries cluster project (2018-2023). 

Deputy Centre Director

Dr Matthew Freeman is Reader in Multiplatform Media at Bath Spa University. He acts as Deputy Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Co-Director of the Centre for Media Research, and Unit of Assessment Leader across Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. On the Bristol + Bath Creative Research & Development Partnership, he works across Bath Spa University on generating and managing all research outputs emerging from the partnership, supporting academics whose interests align with those of creative industries and emerging technologies. His role also includes advising on the commissioning process for Pathfinder projects, co-supervising the project’s PhD research, and developing wider opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to benefit from the activities of the partnership. 

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Dr Amy Spencer is a post-doctoral research assistant and writer. She has an MA in English from King’s College London and a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, where her research focused on understanding the process of collaborative authorship in digital writing. She recently worked at UWE Bristol as a post-doctoral research fellow as part of the Ambient Literature Research Project and her current research address the affordance of mobile technologies for telling stories. Amy writes both fiction and non-fiction and is the author of DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture.

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