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Roberta Comunian

Professor Roberta Comunian

Professor of Creative Economies

Research interests

  • Arts
  • Creative
  • Culture

Biography

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 is not currently accepting PhD applications.

For more details, please see her full research profile

Teaching

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

    News

    New Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence launched

    The Department of Culture, Media and Cultural Industries will co-lead one of the new research clusters.

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    New research finds access to creative Higher Education remains 'highly unequal'

    At the House of Commons, King’s researchers collaborated with the APPG for Creative Diversity to launch a report analysing the effectiveness of pathways to...

    APPG Banner (1)

    New podcast on African fashion launches

    The 'Africa Fashion Futures' podcast provides an opportunity to hear from academics and industry experts about the fascinating world of African fashion. 

    Africa fashion futures podcast logo

    Report highlights creative role of cultural policy in 'post-COVID' city recovery

    A new report from King’s in collaboration with the World Cities Culture Forum analyses how city policymakers around the world supported culture through the...

    report cover with title and image of child wearing facemask playing in busy street

    Events

    08MarPicture2

    Supporting Creative Women Entrepreneurs in Lagos

    This is a documentary film screening that will be followed by a panel discussion by the project partners, filmmakers and researchers and a Q&A sessio

    06MarAfrican Hub for sustainable creative economies

    Higher education and creative economies in Africa: discussing the impact of the African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

    Reflections on impact from the international team that delivered the project to develop the creative sector in Africa.

    22JunExploring the value of creative (higher) education thumb

    Exploring the value of creative (higher) education

    A one-day conference hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), King’s College London.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    09MarWizkid - Afrobeat article - Wizkid @ Rolling Loud Toronto

    Future Festivals South Africa: Lessons from the Age of Covid-19

    A discussion of project work examining support for festival organisations during different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      News

      New Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence launched

      The Department of Culture, Media and Cultural Industries will co-lead one of the new research clusters.

      core

      New research finds access to creative Higher Education remains 'highly unequal'

      At the House of Commons, King’s researchers collaborated with the APPG for Creative Diversity to launch a report analysing the effectiveness of pathways to...

      APPG Banner (1)

      New podcast on African fashion launches

      The 'Africa Fashion Futures' podcast provides an opportunity to hear from academics and industry experts about the fascinating world of African fashion. 

      Africa fashion futures podcast logo

      Report highlights creative role of cultural policy in 'post-COVID' city recovery

      A new report from King’s in collaboration with the World Cities Culture Forum analyses how city policymakers around the world supported culture through the...

      report cover with title and image of child wearing facemask playing in busy street

      Events

      08MarPicture2

      Supporting Creative Women Entrepreneurs in Lagos

      This is a documentary film screening that will be followed by a panel discussion by the project partners, filmmakers and researchers and a Q&A sessio

      06MarAfrican Hub for sustainable creative economies

      Higher education and creative economies in Africa: discussing the impact of the African Hub for Sustainable Creative Economies

      Reflections on impact from the international team that delivered the project to develop the creative sector in Africa.

      22JunExploring the value of creative (higher) education thumb

      Exploring the value of creative (higher) education

      A one-day conference hosted by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), King’s College London.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      09MarWizkid - Afrobeat article - Wizkid @ Rolling Loud Toronto

      Future Festivals South Africa: Lessons from the Age of Covid-19

      A discussion of project work examining support for festival organisations during different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

      Please note: this event has passed.