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Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Sheffield

Dave O'Brien is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Sheffield. He did his PhD in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, looking at European Capital of Culture. Before joining the University of Sheffield he held posts at Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, and City. 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