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Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr O'Brien is senior lecturer in cultural policy at Goldsmiths. He specialises in cultural value and urban cultural policy issues and has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Liverpool. His undergraduate degree is in history and politics, and his MA is in philosophy.

His work on cultural value includes a recent secondment and report to the UK's Department for Culture Media and Sport, along with several conference papers and forthcoming research articles.

His work on urban cultural policy can be found in his PhD from the University of Liverpool, which explored the governance of the European Capital of Culture programme and cultural policy in Liverpool and NewcastleGateshead. He has published several papers on this topic. Following my PhD and before coming to ICCE, I have been a lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University and City University London. I was also an AHRC/ESRC placement fellow at the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

His first book 'Cultural Policy Management, Value & Modernity in the Creative Industries' will be published by Routledge in 2013.

He is currently part of several ongoing research projects including a major AHRC Funded Connected Communities project on Cultural Intermediation.

Dr O'Brien is a member of the editorial board of the journal Cultural Trends and has recently joined the advisory board for the AHRC's cultural value project.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, City University London


    University of Liverpool, PhD, Sociology