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
Gross, J., Dent, T. & Comunian, R., Jul 2021, Global Reflections on Covid-19 and Urban Inequalities. Doucet, B., van Melik, R. & Filion, P. (eds.). Policy Press, Bristol Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter - peer-review
England, L., Ikpe, E., Comunian, R. & Kabir, A. J., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Geography Compass. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review
Comunian, R., 2021, In: City. 25, 3-4, p. 396-418 23 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2021.1935766
Comunian, R., Brian J, H. & England, L., 2021, King's College, London. 36 p. Research output: Book/Report - Report
Brook, S., Comunian, R., Jewell, S. & Lee, J. Y., Dec 2020, In: Music Education Research. 22, 5, p. 541-554 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2020.1840539
Gross, J., Heinonen, J., Burlina, C., Comunian, R., Conor, B., Crociata, A., Dent, T., Guardans, I., Hytti, U., HytÃ¶nen, K., Pica, V., Pukkinen, T., Renders, M., Stenholm, P. & Wilson, N., 15 Jul 2020, DISCE Publications. 14 p. Research output: Book/Report - Commissioned report
Cudny, W., Comunian, R. & Wolaniuk, A., May 2020, In: CITIES. 100, 102659. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2020.102659
Comunian, R. & England, L., 14 Mar 2020, In: Cultural Trends. 29, 2, p. 112-128 17 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Review article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09548963.2020.1770577
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
Kim, S. & Comunian, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In: JOURNAL OF URBAN AFFAIRS. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article - peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2020.1825091