Postgraduate opportunity: ‘Co-Producing Cultural Policy’ workshop

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Theme: Participation & Cultural Policy Decision-making
Date: 7 April 2014, 10am-4.30pm
Venue: University of Leeds

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Skills Development project hosted by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries & Heritage, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Warwick.

Many researchers aspire to inform and influence cultural policy and practice through their studies. Yet there is a growing recognition of the disparity between policymaking processes and academic research, compounded by a lack of understanding about policy formation and limited engagement with policy interventions. Focusing on cultural policy, this project identifies and addresses two skills gaps: developing cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange among postgraduates and early career researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and exploring approaches to co-producing cultural policy and framing research in response to policy challenges.

The workshop covers topics including grassroots approaches to policy planning, the principles of participatory decision-making and barriers to policy implementation or research interventions. Programme speakers include:

  • Dr Dave O’Brien (Lecturer in Cultural Industry Studies, City University London)
  • Karen Brookfield (Deputy Director of Strategy and Business Development, Heritage Lottery Fund)
  • Dr Helen Graham (Research Fellow in Tangible and Intangible Heritage, University of Leeds)
  • Leila Jancovich (Senior Lecturer in Cultural Policy, Arts and Festivals Management, Leeds Metropolitan University)

Please note you must be a postgraduate student or early career researcher to be eligible for the workshop. If you would like to register, please fill in the application details below and email to:

Applications will be assessed based on the suitability of the research to the topic of the workshop, and successful delegates sent a unique link to the event’s online booking service.

Thanks to generous support from the AHRC, we are able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries for up to £50, on provision of receipts, for travel to and from the workshop (allocated on a first come, first served basis).

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Part of the programme for the day includes a ‘Question Time’ style panel discussion, featuring experts and practitioners in the field of participatory decision-making. Please submit a question for the panel, based on theme of researchers’ roles in participatory decision-making (approaches, challenges, benefits). If your application is successful and your question chosen, please indicate if you would be happy to read it to the panel.