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Lauren England joined the Department of CMCI as a Lecturer in September 2019 after completing her PhD which investigated professional development in craft higher education and early-career craft entrepreneurship. Lauren’s PhD was a collaborative doctorate with Crafts Council UK.

She is currently involved in projects tracking the outcomes of creative graduates and researching the development of Creative Economies in Africa and the future of fashion design in Africa.

Research interests

  • Craft entrepreneurship and the organisation of craft firms
  • Higher education and the creative economy, including pedagogical practices and creative graduates
  • The role of creative intermediaries in the creative economy
  • Cultural and Creative Industries in developing economies, focusing on Africa

Selected publications


Lauren England teaches on the MA in Arts & Cultural Management

Expertise and public engagement

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