Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen's University Belfast

My work focuses on the relationship between cultural institutions and the social realm. My main interest is unpicking how the field of cultural production—its policies, organisations and specific artistic practices—is both structured and restructured through what are often understood as competing artistic, economic, institutional and social agendas.
A particular focus of my work has been on the following:
--- Policy design and delivery: the attachment of other policy agendas (specifically social) to cultural policy and the interpretation and delivery of cultural policy by arts managers
--- The social processes of cultural production and engagement within institutional settings where tensions between artists, audiences and arts managers are mediated and expressed through working practices, ideological divisions and conflicts
--- Access, engagement and audience development, specifically in relation to the social care sector, families and individuals with disabilities

My experience working as an arts manager and local cultural policy maker has cultivated further research interests in the following areas:
--- Young people’s engagement in and access to the arts, both in and outside the formal education sector
--- Stakeholder-engaged and participatory models for local arts development that involve social and creative interaction between policy makers, artists, third level institutions and target audiences / benefactors
--- The role of culture, the arts and creativity in cultural policy making

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Queen's University Belfast