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Chancellor's Fellow of Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Edinburgh

Dave O'Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries, based in the School of History of Art, but working across several areas of study. He did his PhD in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, looking at European Capital of Culture. Before joining the University of Edinburgh Dave was Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy at ICCE, Goldsmiths. He has a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Philosophy, both from Liverpool.

Dave has published widely on all areas of cultural and creative industries, including cultural policy, urban regeneration, cultural work, public policy, and cultural consumption. He has also written on decision making in the British Civil Service, social mobility, and British urban policy. His most recent book, co-authored with Drs Orian Brook and Mark Taylor, is Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries. He is also the host of the New Books In Critical Theory Podcast


  • 2005–present
    Chancellor's 's Fellow, Cultural and Creative Industries, The University of Edinburgh