Report 1: The Arts & Humanities in the Creative Economy: Core Learning from the AHRC Creative Economy Hubs programme

Timothy J. Senior, Rachel Cooper, Jon Dovey, Georgina Follett, Morag Shiach

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    This report is the first of three commissioned in late 2015 by the Directors of the AHRC Creative Economy Hubs (2012-2016). Together, they follow on from a preliminary report into the Hubs’ activities, titled Connecting to Innovate, further developing its focus on core Learning from the programme. To this end, the three reports bring together findings from observation work, data gathering exercises, and semi-structured interviews conducted between January 2015 and May 2016. Working with core Hub team members and selected project participants, these activities sought to identify, understand, and document the Hubs’ experience of working in the creative economy. The three reports were completed in January 2017. It is hoped that this articulation of core learning from the Hubs programme may prove informative for future HEI strategy in this arena. 
    This first report explores the role of the arts & humanities in the creative economy as revealed by the four AHRC Hubs. It addresses the scope of this relationship (and those of non-arts & humanities disciplines); suggests what the arts & humanities bring to the creative economy when performed in this context; and demonstrates where different constellations of crosssector collaboration have proven particularly powerful in generating new types of creative, cultural, and economic value. This report will argue for the need to recognise – and embrace – the innumerable ways in which the arts & humanities can form collaborative relationships with other disciplinary and creative economy partners. It foregrounds their collaborative potential in driving research impact beyond academia. 
    In the series, Report Two goes on to analyse the innovation strategies behind the work discussed in Report One, revealing the emergence of a common innovation framework for Hub activity in the creative economy. Finally, Report Three considers the organisational implications of the Hub model for actively gearing universities and the creative economy together.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherArts and Humanities Research Council
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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