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Roberta Comunian

Dr Roberta Comunian

Dr Roberta Comunian

Reader in Creative Economy 

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Roberta Comunian joined the Department of CMCI at King’s College London in September 2012. Previously she was Creative Industries Research Associate at the School of Arts, University of Kent and lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Southampton.

She holds a European Doctorate title in Network Economy and Knowledge Management. She has been Marie Curie Fellow at University of Newcastle (Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies) investigating the relationship between creative industries, cultural policy and public supported art institutions. She has also undertaken research on knowledge transfer and creative industries within an AHRC Impact Fellowship award at the University of Leeds.  

She has recently been awarded an AHRC research network grant to investigate the connections between Higher Education and the Creative Economy and has recently explored in various papers the career opportunities and patterns of creative graduates in UK.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Relationship between public and private investments in the arts;
  • art and cultural regeneration;
  • creative and cultural industries and knowledge and production networks;
  • social network analysis;
  • creative graduates and creative careers;
  • higher education and the creative economy;
  • complexity theory and its connections with the creative economy;
  • role of creative industries in local and regional development

Roberta welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests.

For more details, please see her full research profile

Selected Publications
  • Comunian, R. & Faggian, A (2014) Creative Graduates and Creative Cities: Exploring the Geography of Creative Education in the UK, International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries Vol.1 (2), p.18-34.
  • Faggian, A., Comunian, R., Jewell, S., & Kelly, U. (2013). Bohemian graduates in the UK: Disciplines and location determinants of creative careers. Regional Studies, 47(2), 183-200.
  • Comunian, R., Taylor, C., & Smith, D. N. (2013). The role of universities in the regional creative economies of the UK: hidden protagonists and the challenge of knowledge transfer. European Planning Studies, (ahead-of-print), 1-21.
  • Comunian, R. (2012). Uma cidade criativa de tipo relacional: Para uma cartografia das ligações em rede entre os setores público, privado e sem fins lucrativos nas indústrias criativas. Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, (99).
  • Comunian R, A Faggian, S Jewell (2011), Winning and losing in the creative industries. An analysis of creative graduates’ career opportunities across creative disciplines, for the Special Issue “A Golden Age?” Reflections on New Labour’s Cultural Policy and its Post-Recession Legacy, Cultural Trends, Vol 20 (3-4), pp.291-308.
  • Comunian R (2011) Rethinking the creative city: the role of complexity, networks and interactions in the urban creative economy, Urban Studies, Vol 48, pp. 1157-1179.
  •  Comunian R, A Faggian and Q C Li (2010) Unrewarded careers in the creative class: the strange case of Bohemian graduates, Papers in Regional Science, Vol 89 (2), pp.389 – 410. 
  • Chapain C and R Comunian (2010) Enabling or Inhibiting the Creative Economy: the Role of the Local and Regional Dimension in England, Regional Studies, Vol 44 (6), pp. 717 – 734.

For a complete list of publications, please see Roberta's full research profile.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Current research activities include;

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