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Lauren England joined the CMCI Department in 2021. Prior to this, she was a Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies at the University of Dundee (2020-21) and taught on the MA Arts & Cultural Management in the CMCI Department (2019-20). Her PhD (2016-2019) on craft higher education and sustainable business development in the UK was conducted in the CMCI Department in collaboration with Crafts Council UK.

She is currently researching the impact of COVID-19 on creative cities and creative economies. Lauren has received funding from the Urban Studies Foundation, the British Academy and is currently a New Scholars Creative Ecologies Fellow with Bristol & Bath Creative R&D.

Research interests

  • Craft entrepreneurship and the organisation of craft firms
  • Sustainability and creative enterprises and ecologies
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in developing economies, focusing on Africa
  • Higher education and the creative economy, including pedagogical practices and creative graduates
  • The impact of Covid-19 on creative economies and creative workers

Selected publications

  • Comunian, R., Hracs, B. & England, L. (eds.) 2021. Higher Education and Policy: Developing Creative Economies in Africa, London, Routledge
  • England, L. 2020 Crafting professionals: craft higher education and sustainable business development. Crafts Council UK
  • Comunian, R., & England, L. 2020 Creative and cultural work without filters: Covid-19 and exposed precarity in the creative economy. Cultural Trends, 29(2), pp.112-128
  • England, L. 2020. Managing makers and making in open-access craft studios: the case of Turning Earth. Social Enterprise Journal, 16 (2), 159-177
  • Comunian, R., & England, L. 2019. Creative clusters and the resilience of knowledge: from industrial to creative glassmaking, Geoforum, 99, 238-247

Dr England's full list of publications can be found here.


Dr Lauren England teaches on the BA in Culture, Media & Creative Industries.

Expertise and public engagement

As part of her PhD (2016-19), Lauren worked with Crafts Council UK to develop public outputs from her research and inform the organisation’s programme development and policy recommendations.

At the University of Dundee, Lauren worked with the Cultural Development group of the Dundee Partnership to develop and deliver the Dundee Cultural Recovery project (2021). This research generated insights into the impact of the pandemic on the organisations and creative freelancers who make up Dundee’s cultural economy and the role of policy in supporting Dundee’s cultural recovery. The research is feeding directly into the Covid Recovery Plan being developed by the Cultural Development Group.