Roberta Comunian joined the Department of CMCI in September 2012. Her PhD research investigated the relationship between creative industries, cultural policy and public supported art institutions in the context of Newcastle-Gateshead. She has also undertaken research on knowledge transfer and creative industries as AHRC Impact Fellow. She has recently led an AHRC research network grant to investigate the connections between Higher Education and the Creative Economy and has explored in various papers the career opportunities and patterns of creative graduates.
She is currently researching the development of Creative Economies in Africa through an AHRC funded international research network grant.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Relationship between public and private investments in the arts;
- creative and cultural industries and knowledge and production networks;
- higher education and the creative economy including creative graduates and creative careers;
- 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.
Dr Roberta Comunian teaches in the MA in Arts & Cultural Management
Expertise and Public Engagement
Dr Comunian's expertise and engagement include policy work on the topic of Higher Education and the Creative Economy (www.creative-campus.org.uk). She recently published a policy pamphlet on this topic available to download here.
Recently, she is engaging with the international dimension of the creative economy, specifically in the context of Africa through an AHRC funded research network www.creative-economy-africa.org.uk
Cudny, W., Comunian, R. & Wolaniuk, A., May 2020, In : CITIES. 100, 102659. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102659
Wilson, N. C., Gross, J. D., Dent, T. C., Conor, B. & Comunian, R., 1 Jan 2020, DISCE Publications. 73 p. Research output: Book/Report - Commissioned report
Gross, J. D., Comunian, R., Conor, B., Dent, T. C., Heinonen, J., Hytti, U., HytÃ¶nen, K., Pukkinen, T., Stenholm, P. & Wilson, N. C., 23 Dec 2019, DISCE Publications. 37 p. Research output: Book/Report - Commissioned report
Brokalaki, Z. & Comunian, R., 1 Jan 2019, Urban Events, Place Branding and Promotion: Place Event Marketing. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 63-85 23 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429424847-4
Ooi, CS. & Comunian, R., 2019, Handbook of Cultural and Creative Industries in Asia. Lim, L. & Lee, HK. (eds.). Routlege, p. 57-71 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Ashton, D. & Comunian, R., 2019, Creative Hubs in Question . Palgrave Macmillan, p. 359-379 20 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Comunian, R. & England, L., 29 Jun 2018, Resilience, Crisis and Innovation Dynamics. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, p. 326-346 21 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Comunian, R. & England, L., 16 Feb 2018, In : GEOFORUM. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.009
Comunian, R. & Jewell, S., 1 Jan 2018, Advances in Spatial Science. 9783319758855 ed. Springer International Publishing, p. 205-230 26 p. (Advances in Spatial Science; no. 9783319758855). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75886-2_10
Brook, S. & Comunian, R., 1 Jan 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 125-141 17 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77350-6_6