The interdisciplinary environment we have fostered informs our research and consultancy in the fields of cultural policy, media and cultural studies, communications, digital culture and research of the creative industries. Our researchers have been successful in securing funding from with a variety of Councils and funders including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the British Academy, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Leverhulme and the Arts Council England (ACE). Our colleagues take key roles in university research centres (Centre for Digital Inquiry and Centre for Television Histories) and have developed important strands of research to meet Warwick's Global Research Priorities on Connecting Cultures, Productivity and the Futures of Work, and Sustainable Cities). We have leading roles in external collaborations and consultancy (e.g. City of Culture 2021, UK Department of Digital Media, Culture and Sport, Contemporary Visual Arts Network) with research and publishing in cultural and media policy that has impact (e.g. UK Centre for Cultural Value, Museums Association); as well as media and creative industries that forges new areas of research, such as green media production, protest memory culture, AI and the Arts, and the future of creative work post-pandemic. Explore our Research Themes and Projects in more depth and our Impact and Engagement activities.
Founding members of the Centre have helped define the field of cultural and media policy studies, notably through the founding and continued editing and publishing of the International Journal of Cultural Policy (IJCP) which is the primary sponsor of the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research (ICCPR) and chair of its scientific committee. In recent years, we have extended and redefined the research of culture and creativity through our interdisciplinary research and publications, through the Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development and contributions to journals as diverse as European Journal of Cultural Studies, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Cultural Trends, Celebrity Studies, Emotion, Space and Society, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Media, Culture and Society, Memory Studies, Journal of Critical Realism and many more. We are 'multi-disciplinary' and collectively bring a critical Arts and Humanities approach to subjects normally dominated by the social sciences, from policy, industry and globalisation, to technology, economy and the environment. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 90% of our unit's research outputs were rated as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour 4* or judged internationally excellent 3*. Find out more about Centre members and their research interests.
Our research has always had an international scope from our founding as the only place where European cultural policy research was undertaken. We continue to engage with cultural, media and creative industries researchers from across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. This is reflected by the international reach of our two AHRC Network projects (Global Green Media Production and Afterlives of Protest), our success with the Brazil Partnership Fund, Santander fund and the Belmont Forum. We have established an MOU with the State University of Sao Paulo (Unesp) and we have expertise on Scandinavian film and Sami media cultures, alongside our many years of research with scholars and professionals from a variety of countries and organisations. We have recently hosted international visiting fellows from the US, Canada, Brazil and France, and our staff have been invited to give keynotes and residencies in Sao Paulo, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Belgrade, Milan, Venice, Paris and many more. The internationalism of our thriving community of postgraduate students is evident from our PhD students invited to attend and organise research seminars at ICCPR conferences in Hildersheim, Seoul and Tallin.
Interdisciplinarity is a vital component of the Centre's research combining scholarly work with applied research, and practice as research with impact and public engagement. We have played a central part in University initiatives designed to promote interdisciplinary research (Centre for Television Histories, Centre for Digital Inquiry, Connecting Cultures and Productivity and the Futures of Work Global Research Priorities, and the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, Sustainable Cities and the Environmental Humanities Network). While our home is firmly in the arts and humanities we collaborate with the widest range of disciplines to pursue shared long-term shared research interests on cities, spaces and environment, digital technology and data, memories and histories, creative industries and productivity, ethics, politics and sustainability (Law, Politics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Memory Studies, Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Business and Management studies).